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Timkatec Children's Center (Supported by: Catholic Relief Services)

Organization:
Facility Type: Shelter
Status: Open

Address:
Port-au-Prince, HT 00000

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Website: http://timkatec.org/


Mission: "It is fundamental to show children that one loves them and that one 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 be educative in any way." Father Simon of Timkatec.

Father Joseph started Timkatec Center "Timoun k'ap teke chans" ("Children who try their luck to survive") in Petion-Ville, just outside of Port au Prince, over 10 years ago. He has built its mission up over the years to the point that it now supports over 100 children today. He scours the teeming streets of Port au Prince for homeless and abandoned children, some as young as 5 years old. Others present themselves at the center and he will not turn them away.

Father Joseph started Timkatec Center "Timoun k'ap teke chans" ("Children who try their luck to survive") in Petion-Ville, just outside of Port au Prince, over 10 years ago. He has built its mission up over the years to the point that it now supports over 100 children today. He scours the teeming streets of Port au Prince for homeless and abandoned children, some as young as 5 years old. Others present themselves at the center and he will not turn them away.

"Timkatec receives many admission requests, however they do not have room to accept them all. It is difficult to refuse a child who comes at night, in the rain, asking for a small place to sleep. In those instances, children sleep on the floor, sometimes with only a blanket, sometimes without even that. A rotation system was established, in order to allow children to sleep in beds on a schedule." Father Joseph Simon of Timkatec

Before, when they were between 12 and 16 years old, many of these children had fire arms, and they knew how to use them for "protecting themselves", they said to the priest. The working methodology of Timkatec is based on two pillars: education and professional training. In this way, the child learns to be aware of his talents, his personality, nature's beauty and of his real limits.

The center provides them with food, shelter and basic education. Over 50% of the children also participate in a vocational training program that the center established with businesses in the community. Through this program, boys and girls are taught such skills as mechanics, electrical wiring and sewing. Some notable achievements have been made, including improvements in the children's health, literacy skills and self-esteem. This has garnered them a reputation as hard working and responsible and has decreased the number of crimes in the area. In certain cases, some children have been reunited with their families.

"The nation belongs to the young people; whoever they and wherever they come from. It is the future professionals, technicians, artisans and farmers who must save Haiti. These street children of today will play their part in the Haiti of tomorrow. Let us make them prepared that they may make that change." Father Simon of Timkatec

It's with pride that Father Simon tells that 30 of his kids are placed in four garages where they learn auto mechanics. Others, after obtaining their certificate for successfully finalizing primary school, are sent to the Salesian Brothers in downtown Port-au-Prince.

What Father did not tell me, but I learned from various sources, is that he started this mission at the age of 65 when most people are retired, and is currently a vigorous 75 years old whose faith in its ultimate success remains absolute. He is a Haitian, who accepted his vocation in 1953, and was ordained as a Salesian priest 41 years ago.





This organization provides Temporary or Permanent Service? Temporary

Notes:

FROM THE SITE:

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.

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.

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

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http://crs.org/haiti/timkatec/
From the Catholic Relief Services site:

A 79-year-old man travels the streets of Port-au-Prince and rescues young children dumped on the streets by life's cruelest circumstances. Some of the boys are orphaned and some abandoned by parents who can no longer care for them, or have no desire to do so. The children sleep on sidewalks alongside streets strewn with sewage.

Father Joseph Simon, a retired priest, has opened his boundless heart to these youngsters and provided a safe haven from the dangers of Port-au-Prince in his refuge, called Timkatec.

Partners in Child Survival

Because Father Simon will not say “no” to any boy trying to survive under horrific conditions, the orphanage is so crowded now that the boys sleep in shifts. With great care, Father Simon and his staff make sure the kids have the opportunity to break out of a bad life. Each child at Timkatec is fed, educated and provided with medical attention when necessary.

Timkatec is co-funded by the Friends of Timkatec and Catholic Relief Services.
Training, Structure, Discipline and Opportunity

In June 2006 Father Simon opened Timkatec 2, a facility for boys, age 14 and older, to receive further vocational training. The facility is a clean but simple concrete structure. The spare building is used for training and also hosts Mass on Sundays.

Timkatec Trades

Timkatec 2 offers young men like Michel training in:

* Tailoring
* Home electricity
* Plumbing
* Masonry
* Metal work
* Shoe cobbling

A student's apprenticeship lasts two years. The budget for one school year is $54,000 for 270 students. $270 can educate one child for one year at Timkatec.

“It is fundamental to show children that one loves them and that one really wants to help them.”
— Father Joseph Simon

Info Source/Changes:

Created At: Sat Jan 29 21:21:35 -0700 2011
Updated At: Sat Jan 29 21:41:19 -0700 2011
Updated By: LTel


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