A Helping Hand: Wilson Dorisca’s Story

A young man just wanted to be a part of what he saw happening at The Joseph School. He ended up becoming part of the school community, receiving a job, and an education.

At only 15 years old, Wilson Dorisca was the caretaker for his family for years. His mother had passed away a few years ago and his father, at 80, was unable to help the family. Wilson had no formal education because his family couldn’t afford it.

One day in 2015, Wilson was playing soccer with his friends at the community soccer field (right next to our campus). One of our administrators asked Wilson for a hand taking out trash, and gave Wilson 125 Haitian gourdes (about $1.25 USD) as a thank you to get something to eat. After that first day, Wilson made sure to stop by The Joseph School to see if they needed any help, without asking for or expecting pay. If he saw staff cleaning, he would jump in. When he saw a dirty TJS vehicle, he would wash it. Consistently and reliably, Wilson became part of TJS.

It was our repairman, Wilkens, who really inspired Wilson. Whenever Wilkens was fixing something, Wilson was there to learn and offer a hand. Since Wilson was too old to attend TJS, we hired Wilson on as Wilkens’ assistant, with part of his paycheck going directly to his tuition at a nearby institution. Wilson has now learned vital repair skills in electricity, plumbing and carpentry in his role at TJS. This work inspired Wilson to transfer to a trade school to become a licensed plumber. He currently works part-time, arriving early to campus to clean and check every classroom. He then travels to his secondary school for education, and after his classes, he returns to clean our classrooms at the end of the day.

Part-time Employee, Full-time Leader

As part of our agreement with Wilson, he must pass all his classes or risk losing hours at TJS. We expect academic excellence as part of our fundamental values and know that a strong education is what will set Wilson up for success in his life. Wilson is already a leader at TJS and we can’t wait to watch how he is continuing to grow.

Wilkens and SonSon
Mackinson and Wilson, Wilkens not pictured

Director of Operations Jean Bildad Michel asked Wilson, “What makes you most proud to be a part of TJS?”

 

He responded: “First, it teaches me how to give to others by being a part of something great for this nation. Second, it helps me get closer to God. With the amount I receive, I can pay my trade school as well as assist with my aging father. I help my sister and brother, too.”

At TJS, we not only reach out to our students but to those around us. TJS provides Wilson and those like him an opportunity to give back, all the while growing new leaders for the nation.

 


Biancey and Her Mother, Nadia: Girl Gumption

When she grows up, Biancey wants to be the best dancer in Haiti and a famous lawyer (“avokat” in Haitian Creole). Bright, inquisitive, and articulate, fifth grader Biancey believes that a girl can be anything she wants. Trusting in God and herself, she dreams of being a voice for those without a voice, an avokat for orphaned and homeless children. Biancey is a Joseph School future leader.

Biancey Fleurimond

Biancey has learned to be her own advocate early in life. Her father, a truck driver, died when Biancey was only three years old. Her mother, Nadia, suddenly found herself a single mother of two at age 20. However, Nadia was determined, to build a better life for herself and her children. Biancey was accepted into The Joseph School in our first year, 2015. Biancey immediately began to thrive with the tutelage and support at TJS. There was a problem though, Biancey and her mother lived over 45 minutes away by bus, in the small rural town of Arcahaie. Nadia rode with Biancey every day to ensure her safe arrival. However, the time to and from TJS didn’t allow Nadia time to work to financially support her family, and they began to fall behind in rent.

On discovery of the family’s sacrifices to be part of TJS, one of our American advocates generously supported Biancey and her family’s relocation to a house closer to school. TJS also assisted Nadia in creating a small roadside business selling rice and beans. As Biancey grew through her studies, our student body grew also, enabling us to hire Nadia as a cook and staff member. Very independent and self-motivated, Nadia began taking night classes to earn her cosmetology license. After a full year of classes, Nadia earned her license and is now self-employed, doing hair and nails in house for her clients.

Nadia explains in her own words, “If my dream can come true, I pray daily for my son and daughter to obtain their dreams as well, along with every student at The Joseph School. While my life is not perfect, I am learning. I rely on God, and as a single mom, I am trying to give my children a better future than the one I had. I don’t know where I would be without The Joseph School.  I did not have the money to pay for a school like The Joseph School. I know God provided for my talented daughter. Thank you for your help and your prayers. You did not give me a hand out, you gave me a hand up. God bless you all.”