Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Haiti and the Covid-19 Virus
On March 26 the United States passed the other countries in the world with the number of Corona Virus infections. The hospitals and healthcare organizations are struggling to find protective supplies and specialized medical equipment to treat the people now infected and those who will be infected in the near future.
The Corona Virus, Covid-19, has made its entry into Haiti. At the time of this writing, the number of virus infections is small, but Haiti has the potential for an epidemic of gigantic infections and deaths. The person to person structure of Haitian life, lends itself to the rapid infection of this virus. The concept of social distancing is foreign to the typical Haitian. The fact that accurate news is often slow to reach the people, means that many people will find out how this virus spreads, after they have been infected. Furthermore the way the typical Haitian hospital is structured is, that the family of the patient, does much of the care. Personal protective equipment (PPE), which we emphasize in the United States, is most likely not available to many families. Finally, the specialized equipment used to treat the very sick virus patients, like ICU beds, oxygen supplies and ventilators are in very short supply.
The Haitian Government has closed the borders and airports as well as closed schools, places of worship and some businesses.
Crisis in Cahess, Haiti
Even as the world is dealing with the Convid-19 Virus pandemic, there is a critical situation in Cahess. The immediate crisis comes from the closing of the country and the requirement that the people stay at home.
Pastor Coty Writes:
Hello everyone, as you know, the world is facing a powerful enemy that even the strong nations are hopeless in knowing how to fight. That enemy is the Covid-19 Virus. My Country Haiti, is not exempt from this enemy.
As it is in most of the world, government authorities here, are now requiring everyone to stay at home. Just by hearing the president of our country say those words, brings many questions.
What will people eat, by staying at home, in Haiti? Most of the people live one day at the time, so they have to go out every day, to fight for something to eat.
The situation in our village now, is indescribable.
Even when the people know that they should not go out, some of them go out anyway. However, they go out for nothing, because there is no place where they can get anything.
The Industrial Park in Caracol is now closed. This was where some of our villagers used to work to earn money, to feed their family, one meal a day.
I was holding on to the last load of food that I had purchased, so I could give it away later, when things got worse. I know that things will get worse.
I could not keep the food until a later time. I had to give it away because I received so many phone calls. This time, it was not only the people in the Food for the Needy Program calling me.
Instead, it was almost everyone in Cahess.
They were calling me to ask:” What can you do for us? You know our situation now. We have no food.”
I bring you this picture of our school kids. Now I am asking you to say a prayer for them. They now stay home with their parent, starving to death as there is nothing the parent can do to feed them.
School Children in better days
Pastor Coty is now pre packaging the food and handing the packages to the recipients to minimize personal contact.
Pastor Coty Writes:
“I took the best personal precaution that I could, when I was passing out the food to the people in the Food for the Needy program. You don’t know who is infected and who is not.”
Dear Coastal Haiti Mission Family and Friends.
We have an unprecedented need before us. The families in the Village of Cahess are hungry. We have the opportunity to help provide food for them. Time is of the essence, so we will be sending money that will need to be replenished. Also, this pandemic will not be over in one month. We will need to supply food for at least one more month.
We invite you to join with us in providing food. This need is urgent.
If you desire to help, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter or use our “online” PayPal service also at the end of this newsletter.
Proverbs 19: 17
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
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 $800 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
For tax deductable “online donations”, please use our PayPal service. Also please designate how you want us to use your donation:
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