Jerissa lives in the town of Jeremie with her mother and 2 older sisters. Her mother is a brave woman who does her best to support her children, but her small income as a small street vendor is not much for a family of four. Ever since she was a young child, Jerissa has wanted to become a nurse, and thanks to the support of a generous donor, her dream has become a reality. She says, “I choose this profession because it is a beautiful profession, filled with nobility and love. This science has no borders, and I have a passion for taking care of people, especially children.”
One of the most difficult times in Jerissa’s life was when she had to drop out of school after 6th grade because of her family’s financial situation. This was very discouraging for her, but eventually she was able to return and graduate from high school. This memory is a source of motivation for her, reminding her to never take her education for granted. An enthusiastic person, in her free time she enjoys reading and singing in her church choir.