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.
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.