An Interview with TJS Principal Madame Rose

Madame Rose, TJS Principal

In honor of Women’s History Month, The Joseph School is proud to feature an interview with the one and only Madame Rose, principal of The Joseph School. We are thrilled to share a closer look at the woman who leads TJS each and every day!

Madame Rose with Hans

Q: How did you get started at The Joseph School?

A: I joined TJS thanks to a friend. When M. Bildad told us about the project I was really happy even without knowing how much money I would receive. It was one of my dreams to start with a group of children and evolve alongside them through the years. I take this work to heart because I love teaching. I started in September 2015 as a teacher, a year after that I became the school’s guidance counselor where I spent three years in that position. Currently, I have been a principal for 3 years, it is not an easy job but with love and respect I will continue to work to create a school I am proud of.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of working with young students?

A: What rewards me for working with young people is my pride in developing children who are successful, and grow up as responsible [young adults].

Q: What makes The Joseph School special?

A: TJS is a special school in the way we mentor children: we provide help, two meals a day and TJS gives teachers the opportunity to continue learning and training sessions. Students not only evolve in an academic environment but also grow socially.

Madame Rose and Menchica

Q: What do you hope to inspire a TJS student to achieve?

Madame Rose and TJS Students Rachel, Fritzlande, & Gina (left to right)

A: My biggest dream for TJS students is to prepare them to be the creators, producers and learners to solve problems instead of creating problems in society. It is always good to learn and to have a degree, but to produce and bring solutions to problems is why we have good leaders for tomorrow.

Q: What is your favorite part of TJS?

A: As the director of TJS, I love my relationship with the children. In many schools in Haiti, the director is a person who stays in the office ordering. For me it is the opposite, the kids feel comfortable to speak and play with me so I am a counselor for them. I always talk to the older kids. Not only am I a leader but I am also a friend and family to students.

Q: What do you like to do outside of your role at TJS?

A: Outside of my role at TJS, I love photography! I enjoy taking pictures of my kids, especially when they are having fun.

Madame Rose and Husband (Zachée Osnacle) and Daughter (Lynn Zarah Maïza Osnacle)




National Nutrition Month- Inside The Joseph School’s Food for Education Program

Haiti has one of highest levels of food insecurity in the world

 4.4 million Haitians will need food assistance in 2022.

Only 65% of the population has access to basic water treatment services.

48% of the population is undernourished.

217,000 Haitian children are at risk for malnutrition.

All TJS food and supplies are from local Haitian farmers supplemented by our campus garden

TJS student Stacy.

These statistics are a harsh reality for many children in Haiti. The Joseph School is changing the reality of food scarcity for its students.

The Joseph School provides two meals to each student daily: A small breakfast meal and then a full meal of rice, beans, protein, fruit, and occasionally a treat of cookies or small cakes.

The kitchen team is a dedicated group of women who arrive at the school early to prepare meals with all fresh ingredients. The Joseph School dietary team includes parent volunteers. In order to provide balanced nutritious meals the team receives updates and training in professional nutrition classes.

TJS student Widmaer.

To provide clean water, The Joseph School’s operation team transports 40 five-gallon water jugs to and from campus each week. The jugs are sterilized and refilled with purified water at a local water station.

Wilson delivering water to campus.

This Food for Education program ensures each student is nourished in body and mind during the school day so they are able to focus on their school work, not on their hunger. For students in need, this program continues throughout the summer. At-risk students — those who live in larger families with limited resources or are low weight-for-height — receive supplementary food bars fortified with vitamins and minerals to help prevent malnutrition.

As a donor to the Food for Education program, your gift of $50 per month helps provide food for nearly 200 students. Learn more about this incredible program and begin your donor journey with us at

A Special Celebration at The Joseph School

TJS Carnival Celebrations (1)
Teacher Carlo (2020)


Brazil’s Carnival and Louisiana’s Mardi Gras are some of the most well-known celebrations across the globe, but did you know that Haiti has a celebration that combines the best from both of them?

While The Joseph School is celebrating its own version of Carnival this week, we want to share some of the highlights of the festival so you can join in too.

TJS Carnival Celebrations (2)
Teacher Achanta, 4th grade (2020)


Carnival takes place in February, the day before Ash Wednesday. However there are celebrations for weeks leading up to the day. The main celebrations are held in Port-au-Prince, but other major cities, like Jacmel, host their own festivities. Jacmel’s 3-day celebration is the heart of Carnival in Haiti and is known to be the more artistic carnival, largely because of the papier-mâché masks that the town is known for creating.


TJS Carnival Celebrations (3)
Sherley, Judith sitting, & Principal Rose in yellow, 2nd grade (2020)

During the celebration, many Haitians dress in their most colorful garments or don disguises as characters from pop culture. The main event of the day is the “Kye Marn”, a parade with a specific theme each year.


This is also a time for new music by Haitian artists. Typically new music is released specifically for the Carnival season. Haitian kompa is mixed with rara street beats and dance songs to create a heart-thumping street party. Racine is a type of music, whose lyrics pull their roots all the way from African languages! The rhythms of Racine pull from jazz, rock and roll and traditional Haitian beats making it a true modern representation of Haitian music. On the last day of Carnival, the Rara, a special form of Haitian music very popular in Leogane, marks the ending of the celebration.

Carnival at The Joseph School

This year at The Joseph School, the students celebrated in their own way! Just like in the United States, the different regions of Haiti all have their own traditions and customs. Carnival is an opportunity for The Joseph School to teach its students about different regions within their own country.

TJS Carnival Celebrations (4)
TJS 3rd Grade (2018)