December 25, 2004
Dear "Friends of Timkatec in Haiti":
"The children can now see the difference between their past existence on the street and their present existence at Timkatec. To be sheltered from bad situations is a good opportunity. Sleeping in a room on a real bed is a luxury, eating 3 times a day is not a given to everyone in Haiti." Father Joseph Simon of Timkatec
These words from our friend, Father Joseph Simon, Founder of Timkatec, refuge for street children in Haiti, brings a timely charitable message to us all. To share some of our good fortune with these children at Christmas time is to bring seasonal goodwill to those who have seldom experienced it.
In September, Mike Spinelli, Tom Moran and myself, (Friends of Timkatec), met Father Simon here in Florida. As you know, we have made his mission to save abandoned street children in Haiti, part of our own. Father updated us on the progress achieved this year with funds generated by the Friends and explained the next steps for the Training Center.
The Children of Timkatec
Because of this tremendous progress, we have agreed to match up to $3,500 in donations over the Christmas Holidays to continue to bring relief to these abandoned children.
The attached pictures and our website www.timkatec.org, will give you continual insight into the work of Father Simon and his dedicated team. Last week he updated me again. The first classes at the new Timkatec 2, (before construction is fully complete), have 82 students. Timkatec1, his original mission, now houses, feeds clothes, educates and protects 43 children rescued from the streets, with an additional100 destitute children receiving all but housing. This is a significant increase helped by our donations.
A child receives treatment at Timkatec
Timkatec children have the quiet demeanor of those to whom the world has not been kind. They worry whether their present good fortune at Timkatec is here to stay. As street children, they were on the bottom rung of the ladder in the poorest country in the Hemisphere, with per capita annual income of $300. Now they eat 2-3 times daily, rice and beans and some plantains, occasionally chicken or meat – basic nourishment. They have medical care-- a dry, safe place to sleep- and firm guidance to forever change the desperate life they left. Many were abandoned at 6 or 7 years old-impossible to imagine. They sleep in cramped rooms, on double bunks, a foot or so in between, with wall hooks for their clothes- but safe. They are the lucky ones with support from people like the The Friends of Timkatec.
It is hard for us to imagine ourselves in such a difficult situation. At least, we can support this wonderful man, a Catholic priest for 50 years, 78 years old and completely dedicated to this worthy cause. His entire staff shares that dedication. They provide these lost children with renewed faith, structure, discipline, education and stability. Your generous support helps this immensely.
We are also deeply impressed with Dula James, CRS Head in Haiti, and her wonderful staff, working daily through the extraordinary challenges of this unfortunate country. They do wonderful work in a dangerous place where life is a daily struggle. But they persevere against all odds. The hurricanes alone killed over 3000 people, destroyed the homes of 200,000 and flooded much of the arable land. Crime is rampant and simple things very difficult. Your donations made through our direct link to CRS are of course, fully tax deductible in the USA.
If you wish to donate, please go to the Donate tab. We truly appreciate your interest in Timkatec.
Father Simon’s philosophy can be summed up as follows:
"It is fundamental to show children that one loves them and really wants to help them. The rest goes automatically. It is also a work of justice towards these children whose physical, intellectual and moral development is jeopardized by a life without affection, without guidance, without constraint, without obligation. The street cannot educate in any way."
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