The Impact of Sponsors

Developing servant leaders inside and outside the classroom takes a daily commitment to creating an engaging, healthy and safe educational environment. We believe a well-rounded education is more than reading, writing, math equations and science experiments; which is why we developed the student sponsorship program. The Joseph School provides free tuition for each student, but we need community support to help ensure our students have everything they need to be successful. 


Why give monthly?

It’s Affordable

A seed may seem like a small thing, but we know that with continued care it can grow into something beautiful. Just like a seed, the small amount you set aside each month ultimately results in a large impact over time. Our student sponsors commit to give $38 or more per month to help our students grow.

It’s A Community

Becoming a monthly donor places you within a community of dedicated others, all committed to impacting Haitian education from the core. Our student sponsors are not just donors, but an integral part of The Joseph School family. As a student sponsor, you will receive special updates on your student and be the first to know about exciting new initiatives.

It’s Sustained Support

Our monthly givers make an even larger impact than immediately apparent — since we know we have their support, we are able to expand classroom initiatives and invest in our operations process. Recurring donations such as this help us to maintain the quality of The Joseph School experience year-round.

It’s Rewarding

As a sponsor you make an incredible impact in a child’s life, and we want to thank you for it! You’ll receive special updates as well as photos and special gifts from the students and communities you are impacting. 

What can you provide?

Safe Transportation

The Joseph School has been blessed with two school buses, which allows us to provide transportation to and from school for every one of our students. We are proud to provide this for our students, and your support helps make it possible. Your monthly donation goes toward covering gas prices and routine maintenance to ensure our students have a safe and dependable way to get to school and back home.

Daily Meals

We know that being hungry can be one of the biggest distractions a child can face in the classroom. Since food insecurity is prominent in Haiti, we provide breakfast and lunch for our students everyday. Your gift helps us buy groceries and supply our kitchen staff with everything they need to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for over 180 students daily!

School Supplies

There are many things a successful classroom needs. A student sponsor’s donations help us provide pencils, markers, workbooks, reading books and more!

Access to Education

Most of all, by sponsoring a student, you grant access to a world class education at The Joseph School. Our students receive quality education and are set up for a lifetime of success beyond the borders of our school.



Celebrating Haitian Leaders

“Empowered to dream. Compelled to Love. Called to lead.” Leadership is a key part of our vision for  The Joseph School, and a key part to a brighter future in Haiti. As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to highlight some important leaders who have helped shape Haiti, from its eventful history to today. 

Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture was born in 1743 in the French colony of Saint Dominque, now modern day Haiti. Louverture learned to read and write from his Godfather, priest Simon Baptiste and became trilingual and very well-read by his early adult years. When he was almost 50-years-old, Louverture was convinced to join the growing insurgency. He started as a soldier and eventually became a military secretary. By 1801, Louverture was ruling the now independent Saint Dominque as Governor. Toussaint Louverture is credited with leading the first successful slave revolt since Spartacus, and is an integral part in Haiti’s journey to freedom.

Jean-Jacques Dessalines

Jean-Jacques Dessalines served as second in command to Toussaint Louverture during the Haitian revolution. After the successful freeing of Saint Dominque, it was Dessalines who named the new country Haiti, after the island’s aboriginal inhabitants’ name for the country.


Catherine Flon

After fighting for independence for many years, creating a flag for the new nation of Haiti was an important task. Catherine Flon always had a passion for sewing and founded a workshop in her hometown of Arcahaie to teach other young girls how to sew. In 1803, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the new ruler of Haiti, tore up the French flag, removing the white stripe which represented French Colony power. His Goddaughter, Catherine Flon, sewed the remaining blue and red stripes together. This became the basis for today’s Haitian flag.

Henri Christophe

Henri Christophe was the first king of Haiti. He helped Toussaint Louverture during Haiti’s battle for independence and gained control of the young nation as president in 1806. By 1811, he had assumed the role of king. Despite some of his eccentricities in his later years, Christophe established many important systems in Haiti, such as the monetary system, education and hospitals systems.



Edwidge Danticat 

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969. She found passion for writing while she was very young and has gone on to write several books, short stories and articles to critical acclaim. Her first book, “Breath, Eyes, Memory” was an Oprah’s book club selection. She has also been indicated by The New York Times as one of “30 Under 30 Creative People to Watch.”

Michel DeGraff

Michel DeGraff is a Haitian-American, tenured linguistics professor at MIT University. In addition, he is the Director of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a project funded by the National Science Foundation for the development and dissemination of active-learning resources and methods for science and mathematics in Haitian Creole. DeGraff’s research focuses on syntax and how language changes over time.


Johny Placide

Johny Placide is best known for playing for Haiti national team at the 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Though the team did not make it to the Olympics, Placide is remembered for his heroic efforts and passionate performance. Placide has gone on to coach the Haitian national team.