A Day With A Boy in Haiti – children’s story

The sun peeps over the mountains as Samuel, a boy in rural Haiti, opens his eyes. He stretches lazily and gets off his sleeping mat. Dust from the dirt floor clings to the mat as he rolls it up and puts it in the corner of the small room he shares with his family.

Using a tin cup, Samuel dips some water from the pail by the door and brushes his teeth. In Haiti, it is impolite to talk to anyone until you have brushed your teeth, not even to say, “BOH zhoo” (Good morning).

Samuel finds some coffee and bread on the table. His mother left it for him before she headed out to sweep the yard. He dips his bread into the coffee. The coffee is strong and sweet. What fruit do we have this morning? Samuel wonders next. Sometimes he has an orange, banana, mango, or tomato for breakfast.

After breakfast, Samuel is ready to play. He’s glad it’s Saturday, and he doesn’t have to go to school. But Samuel has to work before he plays. “Samuel, please gather some sticks to make a fire for our meal tonight,” his mother instructs as she comes in the door.

Wood is scarce, and it will take Samuel a while to gather enough. The best place to find sticks is at the creek about a mile and a half away. Today Samuel will take the donkey so he can also lug back some water. He swings the saddlebags onto the donkey’s back and places the empty water jugs in the pockets. He walks ahead of the donkey until he gets tired and then hops on the donkey for a ride.

At last Samuel is finished with his chores and runs off to play with his friends. “Let’s snap marbles,” his friend Frantz suggests. They scatter the marbles on the ground and then use their thumbs to flick the leader marble, trying to hit the scattered marbles.

After a while, more neighbor children come and one boy suggests they play soccer. This is their all-time favorite game. But today, no one can find even a small ball to kick around. Finally they settle for a tin can they find lying beside the road.

After a long time of playing soccer, Samuel’s stomach reminds him he hasn’t eaten since breakfast. It’s almost 4:00. All that play makes a boy hungry. I am hungry! Samuel thinks. It must be close to meal time.

Back home, he finds his mother stirring a big black pot over an open fire. She has been busily making millet, knowing her family would devour it after a long day in the warm sun. “It’ll be ready soon,” she tells Samuel.

When it gets dark, Samuel and his family soon go to bed, since the only light they have is a little oil lamp made from a tin can with a cotton wick. “BOH nweet!” (Good night!)

Many Haitian children don’t go to school because their parents can’t afford school supplies and tuition. If you would like to help children in Haiti, you may donate using the link below.

2017 Seed Project

Quality seeds help families put food on the table

From all over Ukraine, churches are calling CAM, asking for garden seeds to pass on to their members. “We have requests from 2,000 churches,” reports Dave Ropp, our distribution director in Ukraine.

Dave will sift through the requests, choosing churches in poor, rural areas where people depend on their gardens for food. “I’ll add churches to the list until . . . we have no more money to give seeds,” he says.

Last year thousands of seed parcels went to Ukrainian families affected by the conflict with Russia. One group of refugees was living at a church house and had no income. They relied heavily on CAM seeds to survive. This year, another 15,000 seed parcels will go to people in Ukraine who still haven’t been able to return to their homes in the eastern part of the country.

CAM seeds provided food for refugees in Ukraine

With CAM seeds germinating at 85 to 95 percent, the Seed Project is in high demand. “People get free seeds, plus their gardens are really growing,” Dave says. That means a lot to people who depend on their gardens to put food on the table.

Every year, with funds from supporters, CAM purchases a variety of garden seeds by the ton. Volunteers in Ukraine and Romania then package these seeds into seed parcels. Most of the seeds are from Holland and far surpass the quality of seeds needy families can afford to buy.

A family seed parcel usually produces enough vegetables for families to preserve for the winter and to share with their neighbors. One CAM distribution worker said, “I think these seeds reach out and bless more people than we even think, and God is glorified through the seed project.”

Standing among his cabbage plants, 82-year-old Vasile from Romania says, “I am very, very thankful for your seeds.” He worked hard last summer to tend his garden and was rewarded with a good supply of cabbages, red beets, and onions for the winter. Now he says, “I am waiting on you next spring.”

CAM staff and contacts in Ukraine are gearing up to distribute 90,000 family seed parcels, along with Christian literature. In Romania, we give out small bags of garden seeds and literature to families in need. Through the Seed Project, CAM also distributes seeds and agricultural tools to farmers in Liberia and Nicaragua to help them provide for their families.

“For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11

What’s in a family seed parcel?

12 varieties of seeds, including: Late and early cabbage, carrots, fresh eating and canning tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley, peppers, radishes, red beets, and squash.

$25 provides enough seeds to produce one semi-load of vegetables!

If you would like to help support this project, your gift will be a blessing.