Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter

April 2021

 

Website Revision and Review

This month we revisit the Donation Tab

 

Donation

To Make A Donation

 

Or send your check to:

Coastal Haiti Mission

C/O Constance Goddard

3048 Spring Fancy Ln

Indian Trail, NC 28079

CHM is accepting donations for a variety of needs.

1, GENERAL FUND – Pays for food and distribution of that food to those in need in the Village of Cahess, Haiti.

  1. SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM–  Provides lunch each school day for the students and teachers at the school operated by Pastor Coty Joseph.
  2. ELIMINATING WATER CONTAMINATION.– Water Purifiers are provided, as most area wells are contaminated.
  3. SIMPLE HOME LIGHTING SYSTEMS– To improve the quality of life and eliminate breathing of carcinogenic kerosene fumes.
  4. DONORS REQUEST – If you have a special passion or person that needs support, you can request that your gift goes to meet that need.
  5. ACKNOWLEGEMENT OF GIVING–Unless otherwise requested, an annual statement of giving will be sent at the end of each year.

CHM is a 501 (C) (3) Organization.

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

 

  THE PROMISE

It was October 31st, and Linus, born in the imagination of Cartoonist Charles M. Schultz, was waiting in the pumpkin patch for the arrival of his incredulous hero, the “Great Pumpkin.”Despite the teasing and pleading of his Peanuts companions, he would not join them in their yearly participation in the night’s usual revelry.  He would, instead, stay in the pumpkin patch and wait for the appearance of the remarkable pumpkin. He would come.  He knew he would!

 

He would endure the persecution – the laughter and derision thrown at him by his pals, including, of course, his sister, Lucy, and his good friend, Charlie Brown.

 

But Linus would not even go “trick or treating,” giving up a once-a-year bag of goodies! The kid meant business.  He would stay in the patch and wait.

 

Well, as the story goes, Linus sat and waited and sat and waited.  But the Great Pumpkin never showed.  “We told you he wouldn’t come, Linus!” taunted his friends as they passed by the Pumpkin Patch on their way home.  Shoulders back and head held high, Linus stood his ground;  “He’ll come next year!” he shouted with resolve, “You’ll see!”

 

Reminds me of something from II Peter in the Bible.  Christians throughout the centuries have been waiting for and expecting the return to earth by Jesus Christ.  Some, although Ill-advised, have even set dates for His arrival and have been sorely disappointed when those dates came and went without the arrival of their blessed Lord.

 

“Where is the promise of His coming?” Christians have been asked for over 2,000 years, according to St. Peter.  And many would ask the same question today. 

 

Now, we are not dealing with some far-out fairy tale, here, Jesus Christ IS coming.  He SAID He would return.  And His Word is inerrant.  He has gone to “prepare a place” for His followers. “If it were not so, I would have told you,” he declared. (John 14:2)

 

But is He late?  Not as we would consider lateness.  With the Lord, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day. (II Peter 3:8)

 

And there is a reason. . . a reason why He has not yet returned to Planet Earth:

 

           “The Lord does not delay and be tardy or slow about what He promises,

            according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-

            suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, NOT DESIRING THAT

            ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD TURN TO REPENTANCE.”                          

                                                                                    

                                                                                     (II Peter 3:9 (The amplified Bible))

Walking this Way with you,

Connie

 

School Lunch Program

Appreciation

My name is Mrs St-Louis Mignolande Leandre. I am a first grade teacher at the school “Institution Bonne Nouvelle de Cahesse” (IBNC). 

Words are not enough to express my gratitude for the school lunch program.

The program helps a large number of our students because they are guaranteed something to eat. If for any reason the program was to stop, a lot of our students will be in despair. 

The lunch program helps students to focus on school work, and with food in their bellies, it facilitates learning and prolongs their attention span. 

The lunch program is also a booster for school attendance.  Both  the students and their parents know that even if the students come to school hungry, they will be fed. 

The lunch program is not only a great help for the students, it is also a great help for the teachers.  It allows the teachers to sit together and share a meal. 

 This program is very helpful to all of us as a community of students, parents and teachers. 

I am very thankful to everyone who contributes to this program. 

In the name of Jesus, I want to say a thousand thanks to all of you. May the Lord bless every single one of you abundantly. 

Blessings in the name of the Lord,

Mignolande St-Louis Leandre.

 

 

 

Lunch is served

Mignolande’s letter in Creole

 

Food for the Needy

This month we focus on Selissa Jean-Gilles. She is a young lady who is locked into a very difficult domestic situation. Her father and mother have died, and she has no family to help her. Selissa has no way to support herself and her children, so she stays in her present situation, where she sometimes gets beaten and verbally abused. The living conditions of this family are extremely poor. 

The children, ages 6, 7, and 10, are in the school, and therefore get the meals from the School Lunch Program.

The bottom line is that Selissa and her children are very much dependent on the Food for the Needy Program to survive in their difficult living situation. 

We at CHM are very grateful for your financial gifts which allow us to help Selissa and her 3 children.

Ken Johansson, CHM Administrator

Selissa Jean-Gilles

 Food Distribution

Water Purifier Program

Pastor Coty Writes:

We cannot take pictures of the 150 families who have been given a water purifier. 

However, we want you, the Family and Friends of Coastal Haiti Mission, to know that you did not waste your money when you purchased these water purifiers for the poor people in our village.

These systems provide several benefits. They help the people with their health and they also help them with their economic situation. Now, they do not have to purchase water. Instead, our people are able to drink good water with no cost. 

I can witness that it is good water, because I drink it many times. The only difference is that this water doesn’t taste the same as the water we used to buy. 

No one ever gets sick by drinking this water. 

Thanks and God bless you all.

Pastor Coty

Thankful for water that is safe to drink

 

Home Lighting Program

We Did It.

Together we have raised the $800 needed to purchase and ship the first 10 home lighting systems to light up homes in the Village of Cahess.

The next step is to purchase the lights and the solar chargers. Upon receipt of these items, they will be packaged and sent to a shipping company in Florida.

Neither the lights nor the solar chargers can be shipped by air freight because of the high energy batteries that are used in each device. Ground shipping within the United States will be used. Shipment to Haiti will be in a shipping company container, on an ocean going ship.

We include the above shipping information, because we cannot predict when these systems will get to Cap Haitien and then to Cahess. We will report the status in the May 2021 CHM Newsletter.

 

REVIEW

This is an ongoing project and we believe some of our readers will want to review the background and our solution to the home lighting problem in Cahess.

To make this information available without having to search for it, we repeat the entire section from the February 2021 CHM Newsletter.

Next month we will package this lighting information in a document that can be selected by the click of a mouse.

Fixing a Dark Problem in Cahess

 The September 2020 CHM Newsletter describes the way most families light their homes at night.

These kerosene lamps create many dangerous conditions.

This list describes some of the negative conditions of using these lamps

  1. The open flame creates a huge fire risk to the families using this lamp.
  2. The amount of light is very small, similar to that of a candle.
  3. This lamp gives off smoke which causes cancer and emphysema.
  4. The smoke creates a blue haze.
  5. The smoke creates an oily smell.
  6. Kerosene must be purchased to fuel this lamp.

A typical light currently in use in the homes of Cahess.

 

Our Solution to Light Holmes in Cahess

Part 1

The first part of the system consists of a bright LED lamp powered by a substantial rechargeable battery. The battery must be rechargeable because the people do not have money to purchase replacement batteries.

The light is a Maxxeon CYCLOPS  WorkStar  810. It is available for purchase on the Internet. It can be viewed on the Maxxeon website www.maxxeon.com

This light is an industrial grade product, which is needed for it to survive the hard use it will receive in the rural Haitian environment.

The handle of the light (which is like a yoke), allows the light to rotate in the handle to 12 positions. There is a strong magnet in the handle which allows the light to be easily moved to many locations and still be securely mounted at each position.

The light has 3 switch selectable brightness settings.

          The brightest setting will last for 2 hours

          The medium brightness setting will last for 4.5 hours

          The lowest brightness setting will last for 10 hours.

The amount of light at the lowest setting is a huge improvement over the kerosene lamp. (I am guessing more than several hundred times better).

Additionally, the quality of the light is a major improvement, approaching that of daylight, as compared to the very yellow flame of the kerosene lamp.

The battery of the light can be recharged in 3 hours.      

If the electric grid is available, the battery can be charged with a cell phone charger.

Front View

Bracket Top

Bracket Side View

Illuminated Light, Lowest Brightness Setting. It is impossible to adequately demonstrate the light output of this lamp in a photograph. The brightness is so intense.

Part 2

The second part of the system is needed to recharge the lamp battery when there is no electrical power.

We have found a charity who manufactures a solar powered charging station.

The name of this organization is Unite to Light. This organization is very well established and is committed to providing light to the world’s population that   lives with lighting conditions similar to those in Cahess. You can view their website at www.unitetolight.org

This Solar Charger & Battery Bank can, when it is fully charged, charge the internal battery of the light 2 times without being recharged itself. The combination of the Solar Charger and Battery Bank when connected to the light, can be charged simultaneously when in bright sunlight. 

Solar Charger and Battery Bank (Folded Position)

Solar Charger and Battery Bank

Solar Charger and Battery Bank, Charging the Light

Part 3

Evaluation

The Cyclops light was tested and found to meet or exceed its published specifications. The amount of light on the least bright setting will illuminate a typical room in a Haitian Home, and it can be used at this setting for 10 hours. The 2 higher brightness settings will substantially add more illumination to  the typical room, although for a shorter time period, typically 4.5 hours and 2 hours, respectively.

The Solar Charger and Battery Bank, as its name implies, serves both as a charger, and as a charge storage device. It has a large internal battery, which when fully charged,  contains enough electrical energy to fully charge the Cyclops light 2 times, before needing to recharge itself.

The Solar Charger and Battery Bank contains electronics to protect itself from overloads. It has 2 output ports and can charge 2 cell phones simultaneously.

We sent a sample system to Pastor Coty to determine the interest level of the residents of Cahess.

Pastor Coty’s reply was that everyone wants a system. 

 

We can fix the dark home problem in the Village of Cahess by providing these systems.

The cost of the Maxxeon Cyclops Light is ——————————-$25.00

The cost of the Unite to Light Solar Charger and Battery Bank is $30.00

 Domestic Shipping and International Shipping and Customs —–$25.00

Total cost per lighting system                                                              $80.00

 

This is an estimated cost because we won’t know what shipping and customs will be, until we actually send the first batch of systems.

 

CHM’s plan is to ship 10 systems, to verify the estimated cost of $800.   

CHM is accepting donations of any amount for this project. If you wish to help light up a home in Cahess, please send your donation to the address at the end of this newsletter, and mark your gift “home lighting”; or use our PayPal service also at the end of this newsletter.

 

Hebrews 13: 16  ESV

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

 

A blessing to you from the scripture:

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you

and give you peace.

Numbers 6: 24-26

 

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

Or

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

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