2021 ~ CCM's 5th Annual
12 Ways of Christmas Giving
Give a gift that gives all year long!
Consider giving this Christmas to one of CCM's annual expenses, and make your gift count throughout the coming year.
Your Generosity Making It Happen! Thank You!
Extra Hand Fund
The Grocery Fund
The Power Fund
The Water Fund
The Garbage Fund
The Mom Fund
The Security Fund
The Propane Fund
Emergency Medical Fund
Saturday Family Fund
Our trusted Nissan Patrol is the means by which everything comes to and goes from the CCM home. It is used to get the kids to school, to church and to medical appointments.
This vehicle is used to transport drinking water, groceries and fuel. It takes Joyce and the kids on family outings, and to socialize with friends and other families. It also transports Joyce to meetings to help the mission effectively keep up with all that the government requires. Roads are rough in Haiti and they take their toll on all vehicles no matter how durable. Vehicles need regular preventative maintenance, annual brake, tire, and clutch replacements, registration, and of course fuel, at over $5 a gallon. Estimated costs to run the CCM vehicle for one year are $6,500.
Running a house is time consuming, but running a house in Haiti is even more so. Typically houses are not built to “code”, which leads to many repairs in their lifespan. Though the CCM house is fairly new the plumbing and wiring used in its construction was of poor quality.
Joyce is constantly dealing with busted pipes and other minor maintenance issues. Thankfully, her neighbor Antilise, affectionately known as “Boss”, is well acquainted with repairs, and just down the road. If Boss can’t fix it, he knows who to call that can, and what a fair price is. Anitlise has a real heart for the CCM family and checks in daily to see what needs to be done, or which tasks are at hand. Marie Lande is a beautiful soul and a loving mother who was looking for a few hours of work to pick up each week to help provide for her family. She comes in 5 mornings a week when the kids are at school and takes a huge load off of Joyce's shoulders, by coming alongside and helping her with the monumental task of keeping a busy household clean.
This employment that we are able to provide for both Antilese and Marie Lande gives them the opportunity to send their children to school and provide for their respective families. The annual costs of this need is $4,500.
Groceries! With 6 boys and 4 girls, all of which seem to be in a constant state of teenage growth spurts, keeping up with groceries in our home could be a full-time job!
Meal time is one of big table fellowship and bonding, especially for kids who experienced food deprivation for the first several years of their early lives. CCM buys all of its produce locally supporting the community of Fort Jacques and Kenscoff farmers. We buy other staples in bulk from locally owned "depots" along the Kenscoff road and in Petionville.
At CCM, we are honoured to be able to feed not only our family, but our security staff, employees, from time to time neighbour boys who play soccer in our yard and any visitors who might happen to be at our house over mealtime.
On average, feeding 15-20 people daily, the grocery bill is estimated at $1,850 monthly, or $22,200 annually.
Local power (EDH) is limited at best, and certainly not something to be relied upon. For this reason CCM runs a generator to supplement power grid shortages.
CCM also incorporates a battery storage system into its power supply. Whenever the generator or EDH is running, those batteries are charging to help cut fuel costs and provide lasting power for essentials such as frozen perishables and lights. With the installation of a solar panel system this year, we are able to utilize power from the sun as well, which has helped tremendously to save on diesel. However, our mountain location also brings with it many days without much sun, at which time, we rely on the generator.
The generator requires a gallon of fuel per hour, and both generator and batteries require preventative maintenance. The annual estimated of cost for the entire power supply system is $9,500.
In the mountain village of Fort Jacques there is no such thing as city supplied water. CCM has to be completely self-sufficient. They have a large water storage cistern under their home.
All of the CCM's roof slopes are tied into this water collection system, ensuring that as much water as possible is collected naturally for use. However, during non-rainy seasons it is never enough. During the dry spells, CCM must purchase well water from lower altitudes and pay for it to be delivered by truck and pumped into their cistern. Due to their location in a small rural community, one truck full of water costs $100. This water is used for bathing, cleaning, cooking, and laundry, but is not palatable for drinking. Purified water must be purchased separately at $0.45 a gallon. CCM's estimated water costs are $3,100 annually.
Being in an isolated area of Haiti, internet and phone communication is essential to the daily functions of CCM. The kids also use the internet each Friday for schoolwork, as well is in the evenings for homework.
Joyce uses the internet to keep supporters up to date, stay connected to friends and family, and to keep herself up to date on developing research and resources that her kids with various challenges can benefit from. In Haiti, the only thing that is predictable is that nothing will go as planned, making cell phones an integral part of smoothing out the day's “bumps” in scheduling, and rolling with the changes. Estimated annual cell phone and internet plans are $1,800.
That's right, the garbage fund. CCM recycles food peels and scraps either as chicken feed, or garden compost.
Unfortunately, there is no available recycling in Haiti for glass, paper, plastic or aluminum. Therefore, CCM has to hire a service to pick up the rest of their trash once a week for proper disposal. This service costs $20 a week or $1,040 annually.
Parenting can be exhausting, especially when raising children who have a history of trauma. It’s a beautiful kind of love, and it comes with its own rewards, but in order to be able to give well the parent needs to have enough to give.
This mom fund is to give Joyce the budget to encourage her to care for her physical and mental health needs. This might look like meeting up with a friend for a guilt free lunch or coffee, getting a gym membership, watching a pay per view hockey game, springing for that imported container of blueberries, purchasing new gardening supplies or getting a massage. We’ve set this fund at $30 a week or $1,560 for the year.
Being a foreign based ministry in Haiti can often make you a tempting target to home invaders for both robbery and kidnapping. Unfortunately, Joyce and the kids know this first hand from a 90 minute armed robbery invasion that took place at their previous residency.
Being a single mom with a houseful of kids adds to that vulnerability. To give the kids and Joyce peace of mind to sleep at night, CCM contracts a 24 hour security guard for their property. The 3 rotating guards have become part of the family, and on top of offering armed protection and peace of mind, they lend a helping hand and help maintain the functional operations of the house. Responsible, well trained security, who are willing to put their life at risk to protect the kids at CCM is not cheap, but we feel it is essential to their safety and well-being. The annual cost of security is $1200 a month or $14,400 annually.
Propane is used at CCM on a daily basis. Its primary purpose is to fuel the kitchen stove and oven, which makes 3 meals a day, feeding all of the family as well as the security staff and whomever else happens to show up at meal time.
Propane also runs the clothes dryer on the days when Fort Jacques just doesn’t get a break from the damp wet clouds or rain. Propane also allows Joyce to fire up the BBQ every once in awhile for the crowd pleasing grilled pork chops or chicken. Propane costs are $175 a month or approximately $2,100 a year.
This is cushion fund to be prepared for the unexpected, but will hopefully not be needed. This fund is to ensure that in the case of an emergency funds are readily available to act quickly on Joyce or one of the children's behalf.
All medical services in Haiti must be paid up front, so in the event of an emergency, CCM must have the funds available to avoid any delay in receiving a necessary procedure or treatment. This fund also gives the peace of mind in allowing Joyce to keep a supply of over the counter medicines, first aid supplies and purchasing the occasional antibiotic as needed. We have set this fund's goal at $2,800.
Saturday is the one day a week without a schedule. This is the day that Joyce has set aside to intentionally create a time of family bonding and fun. She may take all the kids out to get pizza, or order local street food and settle in for a Netflix movie.
They might gather a few special grocery items and make a special meal together using a new recipe, or take a hike in the mountains and stop for a snack. The activities vary but the people do not. This is a highly anticipated and celebrated time each week, one which can be granted at $13 per person, approximately $145 each week, and a total of $7,500 annually.
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