October 2006 Friends of Timkatec News

This October bulletin covers the period starting with the Grand Inaugural opening of Timkatec 2 in June 2006, the registration of the trade-training students for the year 2006-2007 and some background since the foundation of "The Friends of Timkatec".

The Timkatec 2 building site, May 2005 Father Simon and Sheyla Biambey of CRS outside the finished Timkatec 2 dorm, June 2006

As you know, the Inauguration had to be postponed several times due to violence surrounding the various elections and delays that occurred from mid-2005 through until April 2006.

However, the recent period commencing the 2006-7 Academic year has been one of great excitement and intense effort for Father Simon, his staff and the Friends of Timkatec as they prepare for the dramatic expansion of their efforts in offering up to 200 students free 2 year trade training.

I think it is worthwhile to look back at this time, over the last three years since the idea of The Friends of Timkatec in America was conceived and founded in early 2004 with the intent off financially aiding Father Simon and his Timkatec team assisting the younger, rescued street children of Timkatec 1, as it is now known.

These are the children who live at the Timkatec house on Rue Deronencourt in Petion-Ville, and those that attend school there under Father' supervision. There were in 2004, 34 children in residence and about 40 day children attending but not residing there. The Timkatec 1 total September 30, 2006 was 45 in residence and 59 day children. In fact, 11 new children had just been brought to the shelter by the Police, and "squeezed" in, as you will see in the dorm photo.

Mrs. Marie Manigat of Timkatec also reported that Timkatec 2 now has 163 students enrolled for 2006- two year courses for Electrician, Plumber and Tailor training. Additional trades will soon be offered as more funds become available and additional work is done fitting out the Timkatec 2 premises and will then bring the total to the planned 200.

The Timkatec 2 structure seen on this page has approximately 5000 square feet of enclosed training classrooms. At this time it is literally cast concrete, floors, ceiling and walls. The building is 2 stories and there is an additional outbuilding with washrooms and showers. The courtyard is currently broken rocky ground that we plan to concrete over so that there is a safe area for the students to relax, play ball and use for evening entertainment.

Father Simon in Timkatec 2, June 2006 The children of Timkatec, June 2006

Our next projects are also to complete the interiors and ultimately add the necessary equipment and furniture. Currently the building is multi-use including hosting up to 200 Mass goers on Sundays and Holidays. The only furniture is a few black boards, folding chairs and rudimentary worktables. Nonetheless, it is well constructed, and ventilated with electrical service, although with no luxuries like air conditioning etc. There is no built-in storage and essentially it is bare walls.

It is a great start for which Father and his students and staff are most grateful. The funds raised by the Friends, including those matched by Catholic Relief Services and the parish of All Souls Sanford, have built a structure that will be educating the next generation of trade professionals in this poverty stricken country. And remember, these were all once street children with no hope of any future at all until they were rescued by Father Simon and his dedicated staff.

As you will note from the attached photographs of the initial foundation and the completed buildings, much has been achieved. We now intend to build on that achievement so that Father can add the trades of auto mechanic and construction to the training program and increase the student count to its planned 200, with a total of about 20 staff including 14 instructional staff.

The Friends are working, as always with All Souls Sanford and the dedicated Haiti CRS Team who will continue to administer the fund distribution and offer logistical support for our efforts "on site".

Thanks you all for your constant support as we plan for the 4th year of our program.

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