Haitian school looks to Sanford for help: Timkatec feels the effect of Hurricane Sandy with increased costs
by Special to the Herald
January 03 2013 at 0826 | 1151 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last year’s graduates celebrate at Timkatec (above) in Haiti.
Last year’s graduates celebrate at Timkatec (above) in Haiti.
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The Friends of Timkaec are looking for donations this Christmas as their school in Haiti has been greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Timkatec houses and gives orphaned and abandoned children an education. The education is a much-needed tool for the children of Haiti, as most would not have the opportunity to receive one otherwise.

Additionally, the children are taught in certain trades, such as electricians, metal workers, plumbers and beauticians, to increase the likelihood of them entering the workplace in Haiti once their time at Timkatec is done.

Sanford resident Patrick O’Shea has worked closely with the school over the past eight years and is now asking for donations as the school is still feeling the impact of Hurricane Sanford.

After Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti more than 34,000 families lost their homes and 70 percent of the food crops were destroyed by wind and flooding. The hurricane also left 80 people dead or missing and there have been 9,000 new cases of cholera in the country.

“As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year with our friends and family, I ask you, the true Friends of Timkatec, to remember the kids of Timkatec in particular and Haiti in general,” said O’Shea.

“Our kids are not able to look forward to Christmas feast, gifts of toys or games as we do. Their wish for Christmas is simply to have one meal daily during the year, to have the strength to attend classes that can lift them out of their impossible situation. Your donation gives them not just support, but the knowledge that their plight is not ignored. It offers some hope for the future and I believe it is the true message of Christmas.”

The affect of the hurricane on Timkatec resulted in higher food costs and experts expect that situation to worsen as rice stocks, their basic crop, diminish with no new supplies from the failed harvest.

O’Shea said kids cannot attend Timkatec without the daily meal that it provides.

The 3 Timkatec schools had over 100 graduates last year and the group hopes to graduate even more next year.

To donate to the Timkatec schools visit their website at www.Timkatec.org and click the donate button.