Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Unrest in Haiti
September 23, 2019
As I write this newsletter, Haiti is in a crisis. Apparently, legitimate fuel supplies are non existent. It appears that the fuel that is available is brought in to the country in small quantities from its neighbor, the Dominican Republic. Roads are blocked with burning tires and other obstacles. Many schools are closed as many communities are under a curfew. The School of Cahess is open and holding classes, but this may change if the crisis deteriorates At the time of this writing, we are still able to communicate with Pastor Coty. This could end if the communication networks are shut down.
Inflation Torments The Haitian People
A consequence of the deterioration of the structure of life in Haiti is inflation. This results in the devaluation of the Haitian currency. The basic unit of currency in Haiti is the Goude.
In 1988 the exchange rate in Haiti was 5 goudes for each American dollar. In 2018, 30 years later, the exchange rate was 50 goudes for each American dollar. Then in 2019 the exchange rate soared to 95 goudes for one American dollar.
When Coastal Haiti Mission (CHM) sends money to Haiti, we receive the current exchange rate for our American money. So, if the exchange rate increases, we receive more goudes, which is then used to pay the higher prices for the goods we purchase. So, for foreign money brought into the country, the purchasing power of the money sent, tends to stay the same.
However, what inflation really hurts, is the internal economy of the nation. This is where inflation causes so much devastation. As the prices rise for the necessities of life, the wages tend to remain the same. That means a person will purchase fewer goods for his stagnant wages.
A Graphic Example will point out the awful truth.
If a person earned $10 per day in 1988, he would have earned $50 at the end of a 5 day work week. If during this same time period he paid $10 for weekly groceries, he would have $40 left for other things. Now, if thirty one years later, the prices have increased by 19 times, but the wages per week are still $50 for 5 days of work, the cost for the original amount of groceries would be $10 X 19 = $190. But the man has only $50. So He can only buy about 26% of the original amount of groceries, or he take $140 from savings, or get an additional job. The truth is that this situation is not sustainable, and that the man will likely starve along with his family. THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY OF HAITI.
Food for the Needy
Pastor Coty Writes:
During these days Haiti is going through a very difficult time. Transportation is a challenge because there is no fuel available. Some gas stations, have fuel, but the owners do not want to sell it to the people on the street. Instead they want to sell it to their friends, who in turn will sell it on the black market, where they get 4 times what they bought it for. For example, the friends would purchase the gas at 3 dollars per gallon and resell it at 12 dollars per gallon.
In a fuel shortage like we are experiencing, transportation has no price. I had to find a way to get food from Cap-Haitian to Cahess for the needy families. This is because life has become so much more difficult due to inflation and the product shortages that we are experiencing.
Getting that food to Cahess was a challenge but worth the sacrifice to get it done. You, our supporters, provided money to us, to get food for our needy people. It was our obligation to make sure that the food was purchased and transported to Cahess. When some of our people saw the food, they could not believe their eyes. That is because they know how difficult it is to get anything from the city of Cap Haitian, to the Village of Cahess.
Food for the Needy heading to Cahess
Distributing the Food for the Needy
Saturday Sunday School
Pastor Coty Writes:
The Saturday Sunday School is a class that neither the parents nor the kids want to miss, because they receive great benefits from coming to this special class. Not only is there special food every Saturday, but the kids in the class, receive a special gift for the opening of school every year. With the support of many people, we were blessed to bless the kids with copy books this past Saturday. Most of these children will go to school on Monday.
Students, grateful for the Copy Books
The School of Cahess
Pastor Coty Writes:
It was joy in every corner of Cahess, to see the kids come to school with the copy books that were given out in Saturday Sunday School. This simple benefit had a bigger effect than what you might think. Life is so hard in Haiti in those days, that any kind of help is considered a great plus. The parents of these kids are very happy, knowing that they will not need to buy copy books for their kids this time.
Glad to be back in school
Our school is growing and we need to be up-to-date, so during the first week of school, we were blessed to have an inspector from the state department to come and give a seminar to our teachers. All of the teachers were there and they were very glad to participate in the training. They learned new things and also new ways to teach.
If the children would pay attention like their teachers are doing.
Report on Steven and Louventz
In May 2018, Pastor Coty sent us the first information about Steven Saintil. Prior to this date, we did not know anything about Steven. We published the information that Pastor Coty provided, along with a few photos of Steven, in the May 2018 CHM Newsletter. That newsletter is still available on the Coastal Haiti Mission web site, ( www.coastalhaitimission.org).
These photos were noticed by one of our well connected nurses, who referred the information to the medical community. This began a whole series of medical endeavors by a very dedicated group of professional people.
The diagnosis was hemophilia. The treatment efforts continue to this day.
Because hemophilia tends to be a family disease, especially in males, Steven’s younger brother Louventz was suspected of having this same illness. The same group of dedicated people, arranged to test Louventz and verified that he also had hemophilia.
Included in this group of dedicated people, is a person who founded a charitable organization, to assist people in developing countries, who have hemophilia. Steven and Louventz became the recipients of the blood factor, needed to treat their illness, on an as needed basis. This provision for factor for Steven and Louventz continues, and is on going for the future.
Steven’s and Louventz’s stories are still being written, and it is premature to share a complete account of all the activity on their behalf. However, I can tell you that it will be an amazing and moving story of the providence of God, and the dedication and sacrifice of this dedicated group of people. I am “chomping at the bit” to share this story with you, as well as to the world.
Ken Johansson, CHM Newsletter Editor
Steven in May 2018
A Report Sent by Pastor Coty
These are the two kids in Cahess with hemophilia. Two years ago I noticed that the older boy, Steven had a difficult time walking. His parents did not know what the problem was, but they gave him a stick to help him walk better.
So I took his picture, and sent it to brother Ken at Coastal Haiti Mission, our mission support group. My story and photos of Steven was published in the CHM Newsletter. The result of the published information was the formation of a medical team which diagnosed Steven’s illness as hemophilia. They also determined that Steven’s brother, Louventz also suffered from hemophilia. Now by the grace of our God, both Steven and Louventz have medicine ready for them to take, anytime they begin to bleed.
This is more than a blessing. It is an answer to prayer, as God is using his people to bless and to care for others.
Glory to His Name.
Steven and Louventz ready to start school.
The Peoples Market
Pastor Coty shares the grief in his heart as he describes the pitiful conditions that many of the Haitian People experience, while trying to survive:
“ The image shown below, is not an attractive one to share with people, about Haiti. But it is a situation that we cannot hide, because this is how many people are living. I prefer to say Selling Place, instead of Market Place, because the conditions in a typical Market are much better than the conditions shown in the photos below. Anyway, this is the situation that exists now, and it is not new. I don’t think that these people ever experienced a better market situation than this, in the Cap-Haitian area. It could be worse, but not better than this.”
Notice the ground water and the trash
The photos below describe the situation. It is a situation, where the hard working ladies, make their own hats, to be protected from the sun. Here they place a group of vegetables for sale, on top of piles of trash and mud etc. This is a situation where life is not what we read about in books. It is: A situation that these ladies, did not choose. A situation where only some God minded people, would think of an alternative. A situation that none of the Haitian politicians, would even think of changing. A situation that touches my heart. A situation that I want others to know about.
Enduring the location, while waiting to make a sale
Hebrews 13: 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
Thank you family and friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, for all that you do to help the people in Cahess, Haiti. You are making a huge difference for these people.
Please remember, that CHM must
continue to send our monthly commitment of $600 to carry on the ongoing CHM
ministry in Cahess.
If you desire to help, please send your tax deductable check to our address and tell us how you want us to use your donation:
Coastal Haiti Mission
C/O Constance Goddard
3048 Spring Fancy Lane
Indian Trail, NC 28079
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May the Lord our God, who knows your heart and sees your actions, grant you great joy as you serve Him.
Connie, Esther, Pastor Coty, and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice.
Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor