Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Back to School
Pastor Coty Writes:
Our kids were very glad to come back to school after 5 months of staying home because of the Covid-19. We were also glad to welcome them back to school.
I remember one day as I was driving on the road to Cahess. I heard some of the kids yelling: PASTOR COTY, OPEN THE SCHOOL FOR US PLEASE.
But it’s not so easy for any kid to love school this way. I did not take time to analyze why they love the school so much. Later it came to me:
It is LUNCH THAT IS THE BIG ATTRACTION.
The students and teachers with their masks at the beginning of classes.
Pastor Coty Answers The CHM Editor’s, Mask Question:
Yes brother Ken, I was able to give away some masks to the students. I do insist that all the kids have a mask.
Really, they don’t wear it all day. It is mostly for when they are talking in class, and when they are going back home, and they decide to talk to someone.
When the students eat lunch in the classroom, they remove their masks to eat.
We don’t have any cases or suspected cases of Covid-19 in Cahess.
Completing The Previous Term
Because school was abruptly shut down in March 2020, per the President of Haiti’s order, the students did not complete the spring school term of 2020.
They are now completing that term, and will have now have exams. There will be a short interval, so that the students can acquire books for the new term. School will resume on October 5, 2020 for the fall term of 2020.
The School Lunch Program
It is Lunch That is the Big Attraction
A soda to each one of the students at the first day of school, to welcome them back.
Lunch is very important to these students.
Food for the Needy
Pastor Coty Writes:
In Haiti, the economic situation of many people is dire. Both in the villages, and around the major cities, many people are living in big poverty. Unfortunately the government does not have any plan to help them out of this situation.
In our village of Cahess, we are very fortunate to have the support of CHM, to help us meet the needs of the poorest people. Each and every month, we receive a donation, that allows us to buy them food, which is their greatest necessity.
In other villages, people in this condition, just do what they can to try to survive, often waiting for death.
Thanks to every one of you, who help us keep the poorest people in our village alive.
God bless you all.
Food being distributed by Pastor Coty’s Mother.
The Water Supplies in Cahess
Pastor Coty Writes:
Many things continue to be very difficult to do and to get in Haiti. For instance, like growing crops in the gardens, raising animals, getting food to eat, getting a good education, getting good water and on and on, because the list is very long. Many people have started thinking about water and are wondering, if some day, water will be difficult to get in Haiti. From my experience, we don’t need to wait another year to see this. It is something that we are experiencing right now. As I travel around the Cahess area, I observe that water is becoming very difficult to find. In our village, we only have 3 public wells, and they are often broken. People will get up early, to stand in line for their turn at the pump. They often just put their container in line by the pump and wait for their turn. There used to be big fights, as people contended for better places at the pump.
The reality is that these 3 wells are not deep wells. Therefore the water from them is likely to be contaminated. This water needs to be purified if it is to be used for human consumption.
An example of a private well.
Many people in the village are fortunate to have a hand dug well in their yard. As you can see in the first photo below, a rope with a pail is needed to get water. This is the way most people in the Village of Cahess, get water to use at their homes and also to drink. The well in the photos is one of the better ones, because its walls are made of concrete cylinders. Most of the private wells do not have concrete walls. Instead they are just a hole in the ground.
The problem with the majority of these shallow wells is that they provide ground water, which is often contaminated. Usually the yard area where the wells are located is small, so a sewage source such as a cesspool is not far away.
When CHM provided Gift of Water purification systems to some of the families in our village, it was more than a solution for just good drinking water. It was also an economic solution for people who do not have very much money.
Before we had the purifiers, the people in the village had to purchase water to drink everyday, from the 3 wheel motor bike tanker, as it passed by.
The assumption was that the water from this tanker was reasonably pure.
Their problem was that they did not have money every day to buy water. So you can imagine that some days, they had the choice to not drink water, or to drink water directly from a well, that was likely contaminated.
With the water purifier in the home, you don’t need to make much additional effort to have pure water. Just get the water from the pump as always, and put it in the purifier, along with 2 AquaTab tablets. The water flows through the purifier by gravity, and the result is pure water when it leaves the purifier. No electrical power is needed for these purifiers.
During this pandemic, the purified water from these systems, was one of the few things that the people were able to trust. That is, only the people who had a purifier, had this comfort.
Because of the generosity of You, the Family and Friends of CHM, we intend to purchase another 50 purifiers from Gift of Water, for the families in the Village of Cahess. We plan to do this during the month of September, 2020.
THE GIFT of WATER PURIFIER
The cost is $2000, which you have already provided for this purpose. We, the Board of Coastal Haiti Mission are extremely grateful for your generosity.
We will now be accepting donations for the next 50 purifiers.
Proverbs 22: 9 NIV
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share food with the poor.
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 deductible 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, Carl, and Ken are very grateful for your sacrifice.