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14 November 2010 @ 21:43
la la Timkatec la la.  
In case any of you have been wondering why a pagan girl like me has been and continues to be so supportive of a retired Catholic priest's work in Haiti, this article in the Orlando Sentinel might help.

Long story short: you don't have to share someone's religious belief to absolutely share in their convictions about the importance of providing help--both physical, mental, and emotional--for abandoned children. The work he and the entire staff at Timkatec does with the trade school gives children a future, especially the girls who escaped sexual slavery after being sold by their parents. And it is work I support 100%. But what's AWESOME is that Fr Simon and his schools don't just teach these kids a trade, giving them a future. They give these street children a home and a sense of self-worth, on top of food, shelter, and rudimentary medical care. You can learn a lot more about it at Timkatec.org.

Anyway, as you're thinking about donations this holiday season, please keep Timkatec in mind. American dollars go a VERY long way there, and despite the corruption and red tape that keeps a lot of aide from reaching the people who need it in Haiti, CRS has a system and personnel in place to make sure that when you donate, it really does go straight to the school.
Hilhercircumstance on 15th November 2010 03:57 (UTC)
Thanks for the idea. I've bookmarked it. I had been looking for something local like that in Haiti that might make an immediate difference.
tpalatpala on 15th November 2010 04:07 (UTC)
Thank you for this. I feel the same way. If someone is doing good, or doing the right thing, there is no reason not to support them. I will definitely be looking into this.
jloshea43jloshea43 on 15th November 2010 16:49 (UTC)
la la tutsie la la
we agree totally with your vision of giving to father simon..he and marie will have a copy of your jouornal entry to share with our timkatec kids...
Christina TM: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Datachristina_tm on 15th November 2010 17:27 (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder.

I think I can spare a few bucks for them :).
rubynye on 15th November 2010 19:30 (UTC)
Thank you a lot for reminding me of them. *makes a note*