Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
A Great Celebration
Once a year the residents of Cahess gather for a year end celebration. This happy time celebrates two special events, which is Christmas, December 25, and Independence Day, January 1.
For many years, CHM has helped to fund these events. It is rewarding to look back at the photos of the happy faces as they consume liberal quantities of food and the children holding their gifts.
The Family and Friends of CHM send the funds to pay the expenses, but the Haitian people do all the work to make this event a success. Can you imagine all of the work to shop for gifts for all these children, and the work involved in preparing the food for all the adults and children.
As usual, Pastor Coty and his wife Nana are in charge of this celebration, planning and then directing all the activities. The adults help with all the work that is needed for an event of this size.
Pastor Coty sends the following 2 messages:
Hi everyone, I want to thank everyone who contributed with money or prayer or any advice toward us at CHM, to make this celebration a reality. We had a wonderful moment with the kids and people from and around Cahess.
Hi all. I want to thank all of you, who through CHM, supported us in Cahess. This year we had a wonderful celebration with the kids.
Just by looking at the pictures, you can see that they had a good time. The parents in Cahess, do not have the opportunity to directly say thanks to you, but because of you, their kids, had a wonderful celebration on January the first.
Thank you again,
Pastor Coty Joseph
School Lunch Program
Another good surprise
Since starting the School Lunch Program, I thought the menu was always rice and beans. When Carl and I visited the school in December, the menu was rice and beans. I wrote how the cooks made this delicious sauce, and how I discovered the inclusion of sardines in the diet.
And now, another surprise.
Pastor Coty wrote the following message:
We don’t just give rice and beans and sardines at school, but we also have spaghetti some days.
We are blessed in Cahess, to have food during every day of school, so far. One thing I know is, that the One who start with us, is also able to finish (supplying us). So, we anticipate a school year, blessed with food everyday.
I want all of you and everyone, who lets God use them in this way to help us in Cahess, to know, that you have a special place in the heart of me personally, and all the kids, as well as their parents.
God bless you all.
Reaching out to those in the community
Again Pastor Coty writes:
One week ago, a lady came to me and said: “Pastor please, I want to send my boy to the school”
And I said, “Madame, it’s already January, you should wait for next term, because the class is so far along”. She said, “Pastor please, it’s better for him to be in the school, rather than staying at home”. I said, “Do you have all the books, notebooks etc..”? I was amazed to hear this lady say: “I don’t have any of them, I just have the uniform”. After she said that, I understood why she wants to send him to the school. It is for the food lunch program in the school. I said: “ok you can send him to school”. She was more than happy. Now her son Christian, doesn’t miss a day in school.
By this true story, I want you, the CHM supporters to know, that your help is making a lot of changes, and a big difference in the lives of many people in Haiti.
School Lunch Program Report:
Lunch will be served for all the school days in the month of February.
CHM Family and Friends: We the CHM leaders are extremely grateful for your investment into the lives of the children as well as the adults in Cahess Haiti.
Water Sanitation Pilot Project
The Water Sanitation Pilot Project is progressing very well. There are 24 families in this program, in addition to the school.
We have been monitoring the effectiveness of this program. To date there have been no incidences of sickness, that we can trace to a failure of this program.
We are beginning the Ramp Up Process, where the this program will be offered to the community.
The following items need to be in place for this to happen:
- Find a reliable and cost effective Import Service to transport items from the United States to Haiti, when we cannot purchase those items in Haiti.
- Find a reliable source of household bleach.
- Create a training video in Creole, to teach the new users, how to implement our program in their homes.
- Secure a projector for the class, that will be repeated over and over again, as new participants join the program.
- Purchase and ship a large quantity of Bettex bottles for the program.
- Create a safe and secure location where the bottles, filled with dilute bleach will be stored.
- Create a good location for our Haitian employee, Jeff, to fill these bottles with dilute bleach.
- Come up with a program to monitor any failures or incidences of sickness that could be attributable to the Water Sanitation Program.
We will report on the progress of accomplishing the above steps in the next CHM Newsletter.
“Coming Next Month “
We will report on the Food for the Poor Program and the Saturday Sunday School in the next CHM Newsletter.
Proverbs 11: 25
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you peace.’
Numbers 6: 24-26
Please remember, that CHM must continue to send our monthly commitment of $600 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 deductable “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