Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter

April 2020

Conditions in Cahess Haiti

Pastor Coty Writes:

The Coronavirus pandemic is turning the world economic system upside down. We know that the poorest people, are the ones who will be affected the most.

It is not new information that the best way to fight this pandemic is for people to stay at home.

Staying at home means, you eat what you have at home, or have someone deliver the food to your door.

But how can you stay home, when you are living, one day at a time, and you have eaten all the food yesterday?

 In order to eat today, you have to go out and either earn or trade or beg for food?

 This is the situation that a large portion of the Haitian population is facing. They and their families are just surviving, day by day.

On March 19th, the Haitian president announced that there are some cases of  Covid-19 in Haiti, and he asked everyone to stay at  home. Because everyone is afraid of this virus, they tried to stay home.

As for me and my wife Nana, we try not to go into the city where we would be close to other people. Instead we go to the village everyday in a private car to set an example and make people aware that they should follow the President’s guidelines..

There are about 20 families in Cahess who can eat one meal a day, because they have someone working in the industrial park in Caracol, which has now been reopened on a limited basis.  All the other families are either doing nothing or waiting for the rain to plant and grow gardens.

I was already thinking of what was happening to the people as they stayed home, because there was no work or business activity in any place. After the people stayed home for five days, l started receiving phone calls each day from people in the Village of Cahess, asking me for help.

I prayed and I shared the need with our brothers and sisters in the USA. Their financial response through CHM, allowed us to purchase food to give to the hungry families of Cahess, for the month of April. This food made the difference between starvation and survival.

 Going to Cap-Haitian to the bank and then to the food supplier to buy the food was a challenge. However, the situation of the people in the village, required me to take this risk. I protected myself with masks, and took sanitizer with me.

Because you provided the money through CHM, I was able to meet the needs of many families in village. This means that we together, saved the lives of many people.

When I delivered the packages of food to many of the families, many of the people shouted,  “THANK YOU, YOU SAVED MY LIFE”.

I did remind them to use the food wisely, because we don’t know how long this situation will last. However, I know for sure that they cannot help, but to use the food until it is gone.

 I am asking again, to everyone that wants to help to provide food for my people, to listen to your heart and do something for these people. They do not have any other doors to knock on.

Pastor Coty Joseph

CHM’s Financial Assistance to the Village of Cahess for April

The President of Haiti closed the airports and the borders on March 19. He also closed schools, churches, and other venues where people gather. His directive that people stay at home was an attempt to prevent the Covid-19 virus from ravishing the country.

It was apparent to the leaders of Coastal Haiti Mission (CHM), that the immediate problem was not the Carona Virus, but that the food in individual homes, would be quickly used up. Then, because the people were required to stay at home, they could not engage in business, or work, or other activities to earn money to buy food.

We knew that outside intervention would be needed for the people to survive. We also knew that CHM could not help the whole country of Haiti, but we could help the village that God has assigned us to. Therefore we increased the Food for the Needy fund from $500 to $3500. Most of the families in Cahess will need food assistance. The food for the School Lunch Program was included with the Food for the Needy. The student’s families were included in the food distribution.

To the CHM Family and Friends

On behalf of all the people in the village of Cahess, we thank you for responding to the urgent appeal in the March 2020 CHM Newsletter.

Also, we know that the Covid-19 Virus battle in Haiti has just begun. The food situation, at least in the short term, continues to be urgent.

Therefore, CHM is making another appeal to purchase food for the month of May.

If you desire to help CHM purchase food for the people in the Village of Cahess, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter, or if you desire to give “On Line”, please find our PayPal Service, also at the end of this newsletter.      

Pastor Coty Writes:

CHM saved the life of many in the village of Cahess by providing food for them during this horrible Covid-19 Pandemic. A small bag of rice was what most people in the village received from Coastal Haiti Mission, so they would have something to eat during the days that they stay at home.

Pastor Coty Writes:

During that first food distribution, everyone had not received food,  but all of the people were happy. That was a big day in Cahess, and we hope to have more days like this. As I said previously, the people from the Village of Cahess,  do not have any other doors to knock on.

I praise the Lord, and I thank the CHM supporters, who have met their needs.


Pastor Coty Writes:

Some people just stay home, expecting something from us, because we operate  the food program. Others sit along the road hoping that someone will have compassion on them and give them something to eat.

This is the reality of our village now, during that country lock down period.

Pastor Coty Writes:

We try to respect the government rules of social distance.  We also try to avoid big crowds.

 Some of the student agronomists, whose school is closed, and myself,  spend our time planting gardens, instead of staying in the house all day.

Because there is no rain, I use a pump to pump water from a well, to water the garden.

 This is how we spend the days during this stay at home period.

Editors note:

The gardens are being planted now. The harvest won’t be available for several months.

We invite you to pray for rain so that the gardens without irrigation will grow.

Financial Appeal for Food

If you desire to help CHM purchase food for the people in the Village of Cahess, please send your check to the address at the end of this newsletter, or if you desire to give “On Line”, please find our PayPal Service, also at the end of this newsletter.     

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 $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          

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