FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HAITI ARE LARGELY UNAVAILABLE TO MOST HAITIAN FAMILIES.
Even though the public school is free, students’ families must pay for uniforms, lunches, classroom textbooks and materials, and transportation. Most Haitian families are unable to afford these costs. The Joseph School (TJS) is a non-profit that provides a tuition-free education that includes uniforms, meals, textbooks, and transportation for the children.
TJS stresses academics and the importance of personal commitment to service and community leadership.
At our school, we strongly believe in the importance of parental involvement in our students' education.
That's why we encourage parents to volunteer throughout the school year in various ways. From being teacher assistants and helping out at lunchtime to serving students' lunch, cooking, and washing dishes, parents are an integral part of our school community. We also have parents who act as playground monitors, ensuring our students are safe and having fun during recess. Additionally, our parents go on field trips with the students and are present at all school festivals and activities, making these events even more special for our students. We appreciate the dedication and commitment of our parents and the impact they have on our school.
Not only are parents involved in volunteering at our school, but our staff and school community are also dedicated to outreach beyond the school grounds. We participate in several community-wide outreach programs, such as providing training for the community on general health practices, helping families gain access to clean water, and providing hospital visits. Additionally, we have a small food pantry to assist those in need. We are also planning to launch an adult literacy program to further support our community. Our school is committed to making a positive impact beyond our walls and we are proud to contribute to the betterment of our community.
"Education changes everything, and by providing a world-class education to these children today, we are changing the future of Haiti’s tomorrow."
FOOD AND WATER PROGRAM
HAITI HAS ONE OF HIGHEST LEVELS OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD.
To ease the burden of food insecurities, The Joseph School provides two meals to each student daily. Our program ensures that each student is nourished in body and mind during the school day so students are able to focus on their school work, not on their hunger. We currently partner with an organization called Trinity Hope that provides meals to our school consisting of rice or corn, beans and a nutritious sauce developed by a Nutritionist. The food and supplies are outsourced from local Haitian farmers and supplemented by our own campus garden.
Only 65% of the population has access to basic water treatment services.
48% of the population is undernourished.
AT THE JOSEPH SCHOOL, FAITH IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR COMMUNITY.
We believe in creating an environment that fosters spiritual growth and encourages a personal relationship with God. As a result, our school culture is centered around Christian values and principles. We start our school day with praise and worship, creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere for our students. We also believe that having a dedicated space for worship and prayer is crucial, which is why we hope to build a chapel on-site someday. Our aim is to provide a place where our students can deepen their faith and connect with God. We believe that nurturing our students' spiritual well-being is just as important as their academic and social development.