"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." Father Simon

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A grim reminder of daily life in Haiti—a UN armoured car with troops in full battle gear.

This edition of our newsletter covers the period from June to November 2007, a most difficult period for both the O'Shea family and for Haiti. I had major surgery on June with a 2-month recovery, and Judy O'Shea, who had major surgery earlier this year, suffered a serious accident in September, was hospitalized for six weeks and will need a year to recover. She was visited by Father Simon during his recent very successful fund raising trip to Sanford. Two hours after his second visit, Judy regained consciousness from a two week coma. Such is the power of prayer.

Haiti (again) has suffered terribly, with 43 deaths and thousands of people homeless as a result of Hurricane Noel in October.

However, despite these difficulties, Timkatec has remained a haven of stability, and has been increasing its enrollment through this period. They started the semester with over 300 children and young people receiving major support at both Timkatec 1 and 2. This make all of our trial and tribulations worthwhile, and we are reinvigorated in our commitment to ensure that Father Simon receives the financial support that he needs for Timkatec to be able to continue its critical work for the young, homeless and hopeless in Haiti

We were pleased to be able to send Father the funds he needed for the first half of the academic year and now are focusing our efforts on the remaining half needed to fund Timtakec 2 for the January-June 2008 period. We implore you to keep this essential work in your donation plans for the end of the year so that we may ensure that Timkatec can grow in its success, and stay as a beacon of hope for young people who must often feel that the world had forgotten them

We have not forgotten and we know that you, who have taken such an interest in Timkatec, will continue to offer your valuable support to these children "the poorest of the poor in the nation that itself is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere" Less than $500 will fund the complete 2 year apprenticeship course for a worthy teenager selected by Father and his staff. That training changes lives by giving the ability to provide for himself and a family for the rest of his life. The younger children of Timkatec 1 can be fed and educated for about $200 per year. What better Christmas gift could we give than to change a child's life


Children at Timkatec 1 during a visit by Patrick O'Shea.

Enrollment of 200 students is complete for Timkatec 2 and that they are having great success with the addition of shoe repair and masonry to the other trades already offered. The core effort at Timkatec 1, the rescue of abandoned street children, continues and currently, over 100 children are enrolled in the primary education program, with half of them residents. Father has brought in an assistant, a Haitian Sister who is a great help in the daily operation of the Timkatec program. This leaves him more time for his street rescues, future planning and fund raising efforts, as we personally saw with the recent visit to Sanford resulting in our raising 25% of the annual budget.

Father finally has the long awaited bus after being forced to pay an exorbitant "administration charge" of several thousand dollars with a one year delay.

Yet with all of these difficulties, Father and his staff continue to refine and expand their efforts. Their dedication and expertise are an inspiration to my family and I know to you as well.


Bill Canny, Head of the CRS office in Haiti,
and a strong supporter of Timkatec

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