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Father Simon Gatine Joseph Maceus at Timkatec

Timkatec is a homeless shelter for children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, sponsored by The Friends of Timkatec in America, the GEOMOUN Fondation in Belgium (www.geomoun.org), Timkatec France and the Jasmine Foundation in Canada.

Homeless shelter Service agency which provide temporary residence for homeless people

Homeless shelters are a type of homeless service agency which provide temporary residence for homeless individuals and families. Shelters exist to provide residents with safety and protection from exposure to the weather while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact on the community. They are similar to, but distinguishable from, various types of emergency shelters, which are typically operated for specific circumstances and populations—fleeing natural disasters or abusive social circumstances. Extreme weather conditions create problems similar to disaster management scenarios, and are handled with warming centers, which typically operate for short durations during adverse weather.

Port-au-Prince Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Port-au-Prince is the capital and most populous city of Haiti. The city's population was estimated at 987,310 in 2015 with the metropolitan area estimated at a population of 2,618,894. The metropolitan area is defined by the IHSI as including the communes of Port-au-Prince, Delmas, Cite Soleil, Tabarre, Carrefour, and Pétion-Ville.

Haiti country in the Caribbean

Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti and formerly called Hayti, is a country located on the island of Hispaniola, east of Cuba in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated 10.8 million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.

A Haitian Non-Governmental Organization, Timkatec is a home for "enfants de rues" or street children. It was founded by a retired Salesian High School teacher, Father Simon Gatine Joseph Maceus, in 1994. Father Simon started his effort with one building in Pétion-Ville near Port-au-Prince. [1] The initial mission was to rescue orphaned and abandoned boys and give them physical, medical and spiritual care as well as an education in the Primary grades. Since then, with the active involvement of the above groups, that mission has increased to also provide secondary education and trade training to teenage boys and girls in four facilities, three of which have been newly built. Land for two of the facilities was donated by the Japanese Government, and the land for a third school now called Timkatec 3, by the Jasmine Foundation.

Pétion-Ville Commune in Ouest, Haiti

Pétion-Ville is a commune and a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the hills east and separate from the city itself on the northern hills of the Massif de la Selle. Founded in 1831 by then president Jean-Pierre Boyer, it was named after Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770–1818), the Haitian general and president later recognized as one of the country's four founding fathers. The district is primarily a residential and touristic area. It held a population of 283,052 at the 2003 Census, which was officially estimated to have reached 376,834 in 2015. Many diplomats, foreign businessmen, and a large number of wealthy citizens do business and reside in Pétion-Ville.

In this effort, Simon received funding from the international organisations in the USA, Belgium, France and Canada. By 2004, there were 40 residential students and 50 day students. In 2004 The Friends of Timkatec in America was founded by Patrick O'Shea and their family and friends, to assist the Timkatec effort.

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The Children of Timkatec, 2006

Father Simon's deep desire was to build a trade training school that would enable his students to continue their education and become independent, by training in various trades essential in the country. That school, now called Timkatec 2, is in nearby La botte Moquette and the new workshops were fully funded by The Friends of Timkatec in America and Catholic Relief Services in 2004. By 2005 construction of that workshop complex was commenced. It was completed in June 2006 and initial classes were started with 80 students in September 2006. By 2007 the number of classes doubled with five trades offered to 150 students with the first 15 graduates in 2008. In 2009 enrollment increased to 230 students and the second class graduated with 57 Electricians, tailors, plumbers, shoemakers and masons receiving State Diplomas

Catholic Relief Services organization

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Founded in 1943 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the agency provides assistance to 130 million people in more than 90 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Father Simon continued Timkatec development with the completion of the third facility now called Timkatec 3, opened in September 2009 offering Primary and Trade Training to 130 girls. This building has a dual use, as a school during the day and as a shelter at night for over a hundred street children to receive a meal and a bed and a short instruction period. Funding for Timkatec 3 comes from the Jasmine Foundation and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The Grand Opening was attended by Founder, Benjamin Plett. Operating funds for Timkatec 1 and 3 comes from GEOMOUN and Timkatec France, while the training at Timkatec 2 is funded by The Friends of Timkatec in America. The European supporters also fund the administrative costs Father Simon and the current effort to offer a production facility using the workshops at Timkatec 2 after instructional hours.

Mennonite Central Committee organization

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, service, and peace agency representing fifteen Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish bodies in North America. The U.S. headquarters are in Akron, Pennsylvania, the Canadian in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

By early 2010, the total number of children and teenagers receiving the services of the Timkatec facilities is over 500 compared to 90 in 2004, with a staff of 35. All US funding for the Timkatec Schools is from private donations with some additional material donations. Belgian funding is from GEOMOUN with a multiple matching support from the European Commission, Timkatec France funding is from the Fondation-France, controlled by the Office of the President of France with some additional private donor support. The Haitian Government provides no assistance to such private schools although some Haitian donors offer Father Simon material support as do Haitian American Groups and Salesian Alumnae groups.

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  1. "The Mission". Timkatec.org. Retrieved 2010-01-19.