A year after the earthquake-Timkatec 2 has graduated a record 61 students, opened Timkatec 3 for 186 girls, a shelter for 40 kids nightly and repaired all four facilities
"You are the instruments that saved not only 500 young Haitians, but also some of their relatives and the personnel of this Institution. Sometimes you may think that you have done little, but what you call little is huge... You allow people to sleep, to walk, to laugh because you send them their daily bread and the bread of knowledge. I thank you on their behalf and on my own" Father Joseph Simon, Director Timkatec schools, in Sanford, FL 11/16/2010
The earthquake of January 12, 2010 was a cataclysm of historic proportions. The worst disaster in the last two centuries visited on the poorest country in this hemisphere. The results are still with us, a million living in tents and refugee camps and a cholera epidemic that has already killed over 1400 and sickened over 100,000.
|Crumbling buildings in Port au Prince||Father Simon and a CRS Relief worker|
Yet, Timkatec under the guidance and tireless leadership of Father Simon and his dedicated staff have performed miracles. The 3 schools are not just up to strength, they have more students enrolled today than before the earthquake. In addition Father Simon has opened a fourth unit, using Timkatec 3 girls school at night as a shelter for street children. A total of 530 kids compared to the 2010 plan for 450. However, many suffer from posttraumatic stress and many from previous abuse. Timkatec has had to hire a child psychologist and also offer many girls Ob/Gyn treatment.
- Timkatec 1 has 104 kids including 43 residents
- Timkatec 2 has 200 enrolled
- Timkatec 3 has 186 girls in Primary schooling and Trade training
- The Timkatec 3 shelter offers overnight beds, meals and counseling to 40 kids nightly
- 20 kids finished their Primary schooling at Timkatec 1
- 61 lads finished their 2 year apprentice training at Timkatec 2 in July
- Timkatec offers medical and mental health treatment for many of these kids
Expansion plans for 2011 are to increase the number of kids to 650:
- A third floor to Timkatec 2 to increase the students to 250
- An third floor to Timkatec 3 to increase facilities there to add another 40 days students
- An increase in the nightly Shelter intake to 70 kids
Less than one year ago I was contacted by Tommy Stinson of the world-renowned band Guns'n'Roses, who wanted to help Timkatec. Tommy and his manager, Ben Perlstein, joined me at the 2010 Timkatec 2 Graduation and Tommy was so impressed that he made an immediate commitment to raise enough money to build the extension to Timkatec 2. He accomplished that with a wildly successful Charity Auction in October, which raised over $40,000, enough, for the Timkatec 2 expansion and first year fees for over 20 students. Tommy is committed to making this fund raising an annual event. His website has great coverage of Timkatec and is linked to this site. See for yourselves at Tommy's website:
|Patrick and the Graduates of Timkatec 2,||Tommy Stinson and several 2010 Graduates|
As you can see, contrary to much of the negative stories that you may read about Haiti currently, Timkatec is moving forward in all of the right directions. We are also adjusting the Training curriculums to increase construction related jobs and also the tailoring courses as 2010 US legislation is now favoring the production of clothing in Haiti for re-export to the USA; long one of Mike Spinelli's concepts.
The attached pictures tell the story of both Timkatec's triumphs and Haiti's tribulations in the last year. As you consider donations to Timkatec I want to add some comments that father Simon made to us in Florida during a recent visit.
"You are the instruments that saved not only 500 young Haitians, but also some of their relatives and the personnel of this Institution" He then continues " Sometimes you may think that you have done little, but what you call little is huge... You allow people to sleep, to walk, to laugh because you send them their daily bread and the bread of knowledge. I thank you on their behalf and on my own."
The role of the Friends of Timkatec in America is, and always has been, to raise the money to fund the operations of Timkatec, while its gifted Haitian Founder Father Simon and his staff lead this highly successful effort.
This concept has shown enormous success against incredible odds over the last 7 years as we have grown Timkatec from one to three schools and a shelter and from 90 kids to 600. We have not been alone as Father Simon has supporters at Timkatec- France and Geomoun, Belgium who mainly finance operations at Timkatec 1 and 3 and our Canadian friends of the Jasmine Foundation who financed the building of Timkatec 3 and part of its operations. This trip, in the midst of the rubble, was a great success and we saw what can be done by private means, as government organizations seem to crawl towards solutions.
Also we cannot forget the great support from our partners at CRS and CRS-Haiti. Our special thanks go to Scott Campbell the recent Head of CRS-Haiti who has just finished his contract and was so helpful to Timkatec in the post earthquake chaos. We warmly welcome his successor, Luke King.
Please check the NEWS section of the site for the stories about Timkatec from many newspapers during 2010.
Past Friends, please continue your support. New Friends, know that your donations will make an immense difference in such a poor and troubled country.
Happy New Year to you all,
Patrick J. O'Shea, Founder
Mike Spinelli, Co-Founder
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