Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Water Sanitation Project Update
In the January 2018 CHM Newsletter, we laid out the plan to ramp up this program. A key component of this plan was to find a reliable source of liquid bleach. However, we were not able to find a reliable source in Haiti. We also found restrictions about shipping liquid bleach from the United States, because liquid bleach is considered to be a hazardous chemical.
While searching to find an alternative to liquid bleach, we discovered a water sanitation system that is much more effective and thorough, than the system that we developed.
Our present system uses chlorine to kill the viruses and bacteria in the water. However, chlorine does not kill any of a group of parasitic diseases which may be in contaminated water. Some of these diseases are Criptospordium, Giardia, Worms, and Amebic infections. Some of these parasitic infections may not be immediately life threatening, but they deteriorate the general health of the person who has acquired them. This group of contaminates must be mechanically filtered from the water.
I would like to introduce you to The Gift of Water filter. This is a point of use filter, which is placed in the home. After 2 stages of chlorination and 2 types of filtration, the sanitized water is stored in the unit itself, until the water is taken through a spigot (plastic faucet), for immediate use. These water sanitizers use a clever simple design, with no moving parts, are very durable, and require a very small amount of maintenance (changing the 2 filters about once per year). Additionally, all of the parts of these systems are available in Haiti, should any part get broken. There is a cost of use, of 5 cents per 5 gallons of water, the cost of which, in many cases, will be borne by the user.
We are doing another pilot program using the Gift of Water system. We have arranged to purchase 6 of these systems at $30.00 each. We plan on using 5 systems for the school, and one for the church. This way we can introduce these water sanitizers to the students and church families, and also have complete supervision of their use.
In the meantime, we will continue with our present pilot program, using our system of liquid bleach.
School Lunch Program
Thank you Family and Friends We did it again!!! You provided the children and their teachers the noon meal for each school day in the month of February.
This month (March) the children and their teachers will also eat a meal each school day. However this month is different. CHM is in need of additional donations to cover the cost. We have been authorized to borrow funds from another CHM program to continue feeding the children. However, this is a limited option, and we cannot continue to do this.
To review the cost of the School Lunch Program:
The cost of providing each meal is $0.50.
We provide 200 meals for the students and their teachers.
The cost each day is $100.00, which translates to $500 per week and
to $2000 per month.
For many months, you the Famiy and Friends of the families of Cahess, have provided meals for these students and their teachers. We at CHM, desire your continued investment in these children, for their health, and their learning experience. We are also looking for additional investors to help us carry this ministry
Pastor Coty writes:
What a good way to share your love to the small ones in Cahess
Food for the Poor Program
Pastor Coty writes:
This old man’s name is CADEUS. He does not walk easily, but when it is time to go for the food, he puts forth the effort. Some other person might send a child, but CADEUS prefers to go himself. That stick (cane) helps him a lot.
This ministry brings Hope, Strength, Food and Glory to our God
Saturday Sunday School
From Pastor Coty
It’s amazing to see and hear the kids, how they read and memorize the bible stories. Nana has good bible story books. The children are reading the story in the class. Then, after they have read the story, Nana explains the application of the story to their lives. This is really a great blessing to these children. Many of the children in Haiti do not get this opportunity. As we have written before, the kids won’t miss the class because they like it, and they like even more, the food bar that they receive to eat during or after the class. Some days, after the class, they want to spend some more time playing with each other.
Much thanks to our supporters.
Life in Haiti
Pastor Coty writes:
According to many people, the uniforms of our school children look good. Specifically the girls, when you look at their heads. It might look good, but it is the result of sacrifice. The other day, I stayed in the village and it was cold, really cold for us. This mother wakes her child up, to comb her hair. It was six in the morning. The child accepts this, but she is freezing, because of the cold temperature. It is very much the same for each girl. Some parents do this for their girls at night, before the children go to bed, however, they usually wait until morning for the little ones.
Did you ever think of the cost to these girls and their parents for looking so pretty? I have a new appreciation.
2 Corinthians 9 : 9 ; referring back to Psalms 112: 9
As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give
generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be
remembered for ever”
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