Coastal Haiti Mission
February 3, 2022
Floods in Cahess
A major flood devastates the Village of Cahess and the surrounding areas.
On Sunday, January 31, 2022 and continuing to the next day, and beyond, a major flood occurred in Northern Haiti. This flood was so severe, that the residents of Cahess, related it to the flood during the time of Noah in the bible.
Pastor Coty wrote a description of the flood and the terrible devastation to the Village of Cahess. He also provided us with photos to enable us to grasp the severity of this flood and its impact on this community, which Coastal Haiti Mission is called to serve.
Pastor Coty Writes:
Cahess is flooded.
Many times, they have announced hurricanes in the North of Haiti, but we never experienced one like this one. From Sunday, January the 30th to Monday the 31st. It never stopped raining.
The damages are great.
For a village that depends on gardens and plot farming, this big rain washed away every garden and killed many animals, like goats and cows.
Many people thought it was the flood from Noah’s time, coming again.
For 97% of the houses in Cahess, the people witnessed that the river came into, and then flowed through their houses. They could not go anywhere to escape, because the situation was the same for their neighbors.
Even some roads were blocked, but I did the best I could to get to the village on Monday at noon, to support the people. I also needed to see the damage to my own garden. What I saw was enough for me to weep, but I didn’t because the situation is the same for the other people in the village.
No more garden, and the cry is the same or even worse for some of the other people. For them, I know the anguish will be even greater.
We don’t know if the situation will get even worse, because according to the weatherman, the rain will continue until Friday.
When I saw the conditions yesterday, I was wanting to send out a SOS and to describe the situation, but I did not know where to start and I could not find the right words.
I am struggling to describe the plight of my people, and since I cannot sleep, I am writing this report, and I will send some photos, and will let them talk for themselves.
Pastor Coty Joseph
Our Chance to Help the People in the Village of Cahess
When I asked Pastor Coty what was needed most by people in the Village of Cahess, he said “food was the greatest immediate need.” The garden crops are ruined for this growing season, and many of the farm animals perished in the flood.
Based on this specific need, Coastal Haiti Mission is encouraging donations to purchase food to keep this community from starving, as they begin to salvage whatever has survived this watery onslaught.
It will take some time to recover, but these are resilient people, and they will recover.
Administrator, Coastal Haiti Mission
If you desire to assist the people of the Village of Cahess with food, please send your tax deductible donation to:
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