Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Website Review and Revision
This month we begin an upgrade of the information on our website coastalhaitimission.org. We will systematically review all of the information under the various headings.
We will start by including the biographical sketch of our most recent board member Carl Lamour. We will then review one board member each month. When the board member review has been completed, we will then turn our attention to the other sections of the website.
Carl was born in the town of Trou-du-Nord, Haiti which is 3 miles from Cahess. Carl and his mother moved to Port-au-Prince for about 1 year, and then he moved back to Trou-du-Nord with his aunt, and remained there until he was 5 years old. At that point in time, he moved back to Port-au-Prince, but visited the family home in Trou-du-Nord each summer, until he was 11 years old.
Carl completed High School in Port-au-Prince and then immigrated to the United States, where he continued his studies. Carl received a BS Degree in Management and Information Systems. Carl is now employed in the Information Technology field.
Carl is married to Myriam, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children, Sebastian and Eva.
Carl visited Cahess and Trou-du-Nord in 2017, which has resulted in ongoing relationships that continue to this day. Carl regularly communicates with Pastor Coty and the many new friends that he made during this trip.
In Carl’s own words he says: “Trou-du-Nord has a special place in my heart by birth, but now Cahess has occupied a great deal of my heart, because of its people”.
Carl and his family belong to Living Word Church of Worcester,
An Unexpected Project
Pastor Coty sent me the following message and photos. This is a project that is for the Haitian People and it is being underwritten and constructed by the Haitian People. CHM was not aware that this building project was underway. The CHM Leadership commend Pastor Coty for having the vision to begin the construction of this classroom. We will follow the construction as it takes place in the coming months.
Pastor Coty Writes
The photos below show the beginning of a classroom that I want to build. The school is growing, so this year I have started a new classroom for the 8th grade. I want to increase the school to the 9th grade next year.
This year I had the privilege of saving 1050 US dollars from gifts, and payments from some parents of the kids. With that money, I have started to build this classroom, even though I know I won’t have enough to complete it yet.
The future 8th grade classroom
Water Purifier Distribution
Pastor Coty Writes
Another shipment of 50 Gift of Water, water purifier systems, was delivered to our village right on time.
Not everyone in Cahess has one of these water purifiers, but everybody seems to need one.
It is such an economic benefit to use this system for drinking water. Instead of buying water, you can just get water from the well and put it in the purifier.
Because some people were so afraid of the Covid-19 virus, they not only used the purified water for drinking, but they also used the purified water for hand washing. This is because it is so easy to get water from the purifier, because of the faucet that supplies the purified water.
(Editor’s note) It is our goal to have the people use purified water for all their water needs, rather than just using this water only for drinking.
These systems were a blessing for the people as they fought against the Covid-19 virus.
With these systems, we are able to protect against typhoid and other water borne diseases and we can also protect ourselves against the Covid-19 virus.
We are extremely grateful to the CHM Family and Friends, for providing these health saving water purifiers to the people in the village of Cahess.
Jean Elie Toussaint, known to us as Brother Jeff, is the CHM water technician, conducting the class on the Gift of Water Purifiers, prior to distributing the purifiers to the recipients.
Home Lighting Initiative
By Ken Johansson
It was during my 7th trip to Haiti, that I realized how dark rural Haiti is at night. I did not normally leave the North Haiti Mission compound at night. The buildings on the compound had electric lights. These lights were powered by a gasoline generator.
One night, several of my local Haitian brothers took me to a Haitian Pharmacy. On the return trip it was extremely dark, and I fell into a roadside ditch. Did that hurt, and I can still remember the pain. That was my wake-up experience, as to how dark it is in a country with minimum lighting. It was particularly graphic to me as a resident of the United States, where good lighting is taken for granted.
It was during that trip that I also realized that Haitian homes were also extremely dark. That was the beginning of my quest to provide lighting for Haitian homes. Those efforts have had some temporary successes, and next month I will detail some of our lighting history.
Suffice it to say, that the need for household lighting that is safe and yet affordable, is still very great.
Cahess is located on a road between the towns of Trou du Nord and Caracol. There is an electrical power grid along this road, originating in Caracol where a new factory was built, which included an electric power generation station. The problem is that many of the homes are far from the road, and therefore wiring to these homes is cost-prohibitive.
So, the lighting problem remains for approximately 70% of the homes in Cahess, according to a quick initial survey.
The typical way that these 70% of homes provide light, is to use open flame kerosene lamps. This lighting is very dim, and the health hazards created by the burning kerosene is extremely bad for humans.
Typical kerosene lamps used for light in Haitian homes.
It is estimated that using one of these lamps for a night in a home, is equivalent to smoking one pack of cigarettes. To correct this problem, we will try to come up with affordable lighting that is both good and safe.
Next month, we will detail some of our past efforts that have been used over the ensuing years, since the year 2000.
During the month of October 2020, we will be conducting a thorough survey of the lighting in the Village of Cahess. We want to verify that the problem we aim to solve, actually exists. Next month, we will present the results of our survey.
Food for the Needy
Pastor Coty Writes
The people on this program are not compelled to come for their food at a specific time, because they know that their provisions are secure.
The older people often send a grandchild.
These people are poor, but they are not hopeless, because of this food program.
Again, thanks to you, our supporters.
The School Lunch Program
In a country where poverty is usually used as an identity, support from other people is always welcome.
In Haiti we have many hard workers, but they have no jobs to work at.
The parents in our village are blessed to have a school where they can send their children for both education and lunch. I say the following statement many times, because it is true.
“Some children in the village get one meal a day, and that meal is the one we provide for them at school.”
A five year old child in the preschool class, Johnson François, asked his mother this question, when he was so hungry at home: “Mom, why don’t they also have school on Saturday?”
The mother said that she knew exactly why he asked this question. It was because it was 10 AM and he knew that on weekdays, in the school, he would be eating lunch at that time.
I want to remind you, our supporters, that your kind help, makes a huge difference to these children.
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.
Ken Johansson CHM Newsletter Editor