Coastal Haiti Mission Newsletter
Life in Rural Haiti
Pastor Coty Writes:
In Haiti, life is difficult, so everyone needs to find a way of surviving. In the country side, many people have a plot of land where they plant their crops. Most people depend on the rain to water them. The average gardener gets a 20 % yield from his garden. The 80 % crop loss is mostly due to not enough rain, although occasionally, there is too much rain. It is always a struggle with the elements of nature, to get a substantial crop from the gardens.
In the village of Cahess, our people mostly planted: Corn, beans, bananas, plantain, and a variety of other vegetables.
The person who owns the garden in the photos, planted a lot of beans, that we call Black Beans. This man will get a much better crop yield than average, because he has a well with a pump, to irrigate his garden.
When it’s time to harvest the black beans, that we also call Haricot, the owner pays some people to pick the dry ones, and put them in one place.
The people use a long stick to beat the dry crops to separate the beans from the vines.
After that long process, I was able to buy one full bag from the bean grower, for the kids to eat fresh beans with the rice at the school.
The School Lunch Program
Pastor Coty Writes:
Some of the kids could not believe their eyes. Seeing the cooking pots sitting on the ground is shocking to them, because they did not expect something like this. But that was the case during this day when there was no school lunch.
When Pastor Coty was informed at the beginning of April that there would be food for only 12 of the 20 school days in the month of April, he made some adjustments. Instead of getting sardines which are used for protein, he purchased extra rice instead. The result was that the students had rice and beans for school lunch for 17 of the 20 school days.
The photo below shows Pastor Coty’s truck loaded with sacks of rice which he delivered to the Village of Cahess. This truck load of rice was for both the School Lunch Program as well the Food for the Poor ministry.
We look forward to a full complement of school lunches for the month of May.
I just received a phone call from Connie, our CHM Secretary/Treasurer.
There will be school lunch for every school day in the month of May.
Thank you CHM Family and Friends for your sacrificial investment.
Pastor Coty writes the following message:
I have to say, in the past, (before the School Lunch Program began), we did not have food, even for one day, at the school.
But after God has touched the hearts of many in the USA, we have the School Lunch Program in the school, which is a blessing to us in the village of Cahess.
Pastor Coty Joseph
A Message From CHM
We are still in need of donations to underwrite the School Lunch Program for the month of June.
$0.50 purchases one School Lunch.
$100.00 Purchases Lunch for the entire school, for one day.
If you would like to help feed these children School Lunch, please send your donation of any amount to Coastal Haiti Mission, and mark your donation ‘School Lunch’. Our Address and ‘online giving’ is at the end of this newsletter.
The Water Purifier Program
We continue to implement the Gift of Water Program:
The children at the school and the adults at the church are being introduced to the water purifier each week.
These are the youth from the church, that are drinking the water from our system. Sunday afternoon is our youth meeting. They were blessed to have this water available.
Pastor Coty is creating a list of families who desire to have one of these water purifiers in their home. We need to convince the head of each household that the faithful and correct use of these purifiers will counteract the contaminated water problem that surrounds them. They must be convinced that it is worth the very small effort, and the small ongoing cost for chlorine tablets, to use the purifier for their families water needs.
We are in the process of selecting a water technician. This is a paid position. The water technician will function in TWO VERY IMPORTANT ROLES. He will be the TECHNICAL PERSON, with the ability to check the purifiers to verify that they are being used correctly. He will have any repair parts that are needed, and supplies of replacement chlorine tablets, that will be needed, as existing supplies are used up.
The other role that the water technician will serve in, is that of an INSTRUCTOR. He will be teaching and demonstrating to the family members about safe water practices. He will teach about water borne diseases and how to avoid them. His job will be to continuously motivate families to use the purification system correctly.
The next technician training course is being given in the month of June. We are using the time before the training, to do the groundwork, so the first purifier distribution can be done at the conclusion of the training course.
I have been to Cahess many times since 1994. During that time I never remember drinking water, taken directly from a well. I, and those with me, always used some form of bottled water. We did not know that there was an actual water contamination problem in Cahess, we were just being careful. Now we know there is a problem.
We are continuing with the water sanitation program using bleach, that we began in December 2017, until the Gift of Water Program is fully in operation.
We can apply the biblical principal of “ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” THAT IS WHAT YOU, THE FAMILY and FRIENDS OF CHM ARE DOING. YOU ARE MAKING THE SICKNESS AND DEATH CAUSED BY CONTAMINATED WATER, GO AWAY in the VILLAGE of CAHESS. SURELY THE LORD OUR GOD IS PLEASED.
Ken Johansson, CHM Administrator
If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord and he will repay you
Proverbs 19: 17
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