Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Pastor Coty Writes
Conditions in Cahess as of May 19
The Coronavirus situation is something to take seriously in our village now. The people are doing the best they can to stay home so they don’t catch the Covid-19 Virus.
Because of your generous donations, CHM has been doing a tremendous work, by helping the hungry people in my village.
Now the real situation is that the contamination is getting very close to us and perhaps is among us.
Since March the 19th when there were 2 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Haiti, the government asked everyone to stay home. They also closed up churches, schools, factories and other places of business. Now, as of May 19, the number of positive cases is around 2000 with 35 deaths.
The only testing being done is in Port-au-Prince which is the capital of Haiti.
Suddenly, about one month ago, as the misery of staying at home is spreading to every corner of the country, the government asked the people who had worked in the factories, to go back to work.
The people went back to work, trying to respect the social distances, and wearing masks all the time. They could work only 3 days a week to allow other people to work the remaining 3 days, all in group rotation. Today, May the 19th, in one of the factories in the industrial park of Caracol, which is 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from Cahess, 2 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed. This created a total panic in Cahess because there are people from Cahess who work in the same department, where the people testing positive with Covid-19 are working. I have been told that, the man testing positive with Covid-19, was working about 10 days ago. He was not feeling well and therefore was sent home. His wife was also sent home. The company took a sample for testing from each one of them. Today the results came back positive.
Many people are afraid now because they were working very close to this man. At least 10 people from Cahess are working in that factory and 4 of them are from my church. One of these persons was working in the same line with the person who is sick.
Now, we need more prayers and we will be facing the real staying home situation, because the people feel like the pandemic is really near us or among us.
Conditions as of June 2020
Pastor Coty writes that there have been some cases of fever since May 19. However, since Covid-19 testing is not available to the general public, there are not any defined cases of Covid-19, that he is aware of.
After we had submitted this newsletter for publication, we received the following message from Pastor Coty. He writes:
This morning we woke-up to some bad news. It is about a lady named Cletida Bazile, but known to us as Ti Doune. She was one of the elderly people in Cahess, that was supported by CHM, with food each month.
Ti Doune died of a respiratory problem. She was sick for two weeks, and then she started to have a respiratory problem. She died last night. We cannot say for sure that it was the Covid-19 Virus. We only can guess that it was, because even though she had Covid-19 symptoms, there are no tests available. Also, there are no Intensive Care Units (ICUs), or ventilators available.
Cletida Bazile also known as Ti Doune
Pastor Coty Continues
Hi everyone, these are some of the pictures of the food distribution in Cahess. It consisted of two truckloads of rice purchased in Cap-Haitian and brought to Cahess. We kept the rice stored for 2 days. In no time, everybody learned about the rice. Then we told the people to come and get the rice.
A small bag of rice to every family. We could not do more and they did not ask for more. The only concern is that as we don’t know how long we will need to stay home. People are asking and praying that this CHM food program will continue.
In the food distribution announcement, I asked the people to start coming at 4 o’clock in the morning. No one wanted to be late, so many of them came at 4. Praise God that most of the people wore a mask, because it was a big challenge to have them keep their social distances.
Food Provision Report
Due to the faithfulness and generosity of you, the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, we together have provided $3500 for food for the month of April and $3500 for the month of May.
Now, as this newsletter is being written, you have provided an additional $1050 plus another $3500 for a total of $4550 for food, for the month of June.
As we approach the month of July, the need for food will continue, because the people of Cahess will need to be very serious about maintaining social separation and staying home.
The Covid-19 Virus has made its entry into the village of Cahess.
If you desire to help CHM provide food for the people of Cahess, please send your donation to the address at the end of this newsletter, or use our PayPal service, also at the end of this newsletter.
On behalf of the people of the Village of Cahess, we are extremely grateful for all of your financial investment.
For the Board of Coastal Haiti Mission
Ken Johansson, CHM Administrator
Artemisia, A Herbal Folk Remedy
As Covid-19 is shaking the world, my country Haiti, as you may know, does not have a good health care system, and is considered by some people, to not even have a health care system at all.
Unfortunately the Covid-19 Virus is already among us, with thousands of confirmed cases and many people have died. Now Haitians are looking everywhere for help, because they don’t know what to do.
Artemisia is the name of a herbal plant in Africa. The president of the Country of Madagascar is attempting to cure people sick with Covid-19 with this plant.
In Haiti, this plant is known by the name AMWAZ. Now, you see this plant for sale in Cap-Haitian, because this plant is not widely available.
It is said that you can make Tea using this plant and then mixing it with other plants. The tea is said to prevent, or to even cause people to recover from Covid-19.
This lady in the photo below, has a lot of the herbal treatment plants in her backyard. She gives portions of her plants to other people, so they can grow their own plants.
According to the myth, the owner of the plant is the only person who can give it away. If you take it by yourself, it will die.
People ask me, if they can use that plant. My answer is, I don’t know, but I just planted one in my backyard.
An Artemisia plant headed for Pastor Coty’s yard.
It is Mango Season
There are no words to describe the joy that comes with the mango season in Haiti. People in the village always thank God for this season of the year.
In some places, people may eat a mango in the morning just for vitamin C.
Here in our village, as in almost everywhere in Haiti, the kids eat mango as a regular food. In the villages, some people may eat mango all day long. That means every time they get hungry, they eat some mango.
Not every one has a mango tree, but when it’s the real mango season, as it is now, you can go to some relatives or friends property and get as many mangoes you need. There are different kind of mangoes. Some are considered to be the best kind. These are put aside for sale in the cities such as Cap-Haitian. The remaining kinds of mangoes are plentiful, and you can take as many as you want, because they are all good to eat.
These children live in an orphanage where sister Nana works. Because they live together, they are not wearing masks or doing social distancing.
Report on Steventz and Louventz
Pastor Coty writes about the two boys from Cahess that have hemophilia.
Steventz Fontil and Louventz Charles, are brothers who are receiving treatment for hemophilia. As kids, it is always hard to stop them from playing. Even though they don’t play with other children now, they do play with each other. Sometimes they get hurt .
We thank God that we have blood factor, provided by an organization called Save One Life, available for them.
One of their relatives takes them to Dr Ally to receive treatment. We hope that someday, the Aunt with whom they live, will be trained to give them the treatment, so they won’t need to travel all the way to the doctor’s office.
Now with Covid-19, they wear masks, just like everyone else.
Louventz Charles. Notice that Louventz is using a Walker and that his right knee is very swollen and that he is not putting any weight on that right foot. This is characteristic of hemophilia, where a joint gets injured and bleeds internally, causing permanent joint damage. Both of these boys will likely need knee replacements, once they have stopped growing–probably in their early twenties.
Louventz and Steventz
As we conclude this newsletter, we invite you to join with us in providing food. This need continues to be urgent.
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 deductible “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