Back To School Recap

It’s been a long road to get here, but we are finally back in school! The past five months have been all about keeping our TJS community safe and fed, but after months of praying, we finally have students back in our classrooms learning. For the month of January, attendance has been around 77%. We are accommodating those who cannot travel to the school with virtual materials. Teachers in other areas use the opportunity to meet with students that can’t be inside the classroom yet.

As you can see from the pictures above, our principal Rose has asked parents to send students in regular clothes instead of their uniforms. This helps prevent students from becoming targets of gang violence as they return to school.

The recent cholera outbreak has had a devastating impact on the people of Haiti, and it has also reached our community.

Sadly there have been deaths in the Cabaret area. But we have seen great leadership from our teachers and students stepping up and teaching other students and staff members about the “Five Basic Cholera Prevention Steps” by the CDC. It is essential that our community remains informed and up to date on the latest developments surrounding the outbreak in order to prevent further fatalities.

Your support continues to powerfully impact our students and staff. Every donation and sponsorship is an important step in empowering our Haitian communities to get back on their feet and create a brighter future for all our students. We are proud to be part of this progress and cherish your partnership as we look forward to continuing to invest in The Joseph School and future generations in Haiti.


A Message from Our Director

Annita D’Amico, Director of TJS with our Founder Jim Bryson and Director of Development Vicki Askew

Twelve years ago, the dream for The Joseph School was born. It took four years to get property and classrooms started in Haiti. Now that class of first graders are ready to enter the eighth grade. Students from this first class are no longer little children hoping to be a part of a school community, they are now young teens dreaming of college and careers.

Our eighth year at The Joseph School confirms our commitment to keep moving forward in spite of the challenges in the nation of Haiti, we envision the legacy of The Joseph School. The school showcases the most valuable assets of Haiti – the nation’s children and families. We have witnessed these past years that academic purpose and excellence is possible through the strength and capability of our students, teachers, and staff.
The Joseph School equips the students with leadership tools and critical thinking strategies so that these young future leaders will create and develop their own solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. The school also works to empower our teachers and staff as leaders allowing them opportunities to grow their gifts and expertise. Our vision and mission goals are to connect all these critical pieces of leadership, mentoring, and problem-solving strategies.

As 2022 is coming to an end, I want to take a minute to thank you for your partnership, your kindness, your prayers, and your support. Your consistent support through donations has helped TJS provide for the students in the areas of school lunches, books and curriculum, uniforms, clean water, training for teachers and staff, a garden, a safe playground, classrooms, and so much more. We continue to provide food and shelter for those students, staff, and families who are in need during this time of political crisis and unrest.

We have many plans for the new year to become even more rooted and active in the students’ communities through an adult literacy program and team sports programs with other schools. We understand that children learn how to become strong leaders as they have opportunities to participate and serve in their community.

We believe educating each generation of youth is one of the most important ways to continue to create sustainable solutions and develop integral leadership for years to come. We invite you to continue to partner with us. Thank you for your support this year and with your help we look forward to what the future of The Joseph School holds – I am believing in continued academic success, personal growth and development, and healing for Haiti. A legacy that will continue to grow and multiply!

We are all different but we are all one at the same time, by helping the children of Haiti we are impacting the world.

Annita D’Amico


An Important Update

 

Challenges in Haiti continue. But we are committed to moving forward fulfilling our mission at The Joseph School of equipping tomorrow’s Haitian leaders. Here are a few highlights:

Our principal, Rose Amede, has postponed the beginning of school until October but continues to plan for the 2022-23 school year. The Joseph School teachers and staff also continue to stay in touch with students and their families. Because the school is located in Cabaret, about 45 minutes northwest of Port au Prince, life is calmer and safer than in the capital city. We are praying that this remains the case.

Back to School preparations include school meal planning, printing of curriculum, transportation logistics, teacher assignments, and parent volunteer schedules. We, as an organization, will continue to move forward. We know that an education has the power to provide leadership which lifts families out of poverty and countries out of chaos, all in a single generation. Our mission has not changed during the turmoil!

Thank you for partnering with us and believing with us that the peace and restoration of the country of Haiti will happen!

Photo by: Ayasha Media