Your support has helped our students pursue their dreams. Students from the inner city often lack the resources needed to bridge the gap between graduating high school and attending a college or university. Resources are needed to transport students to school visits, pay for college applications fees and assist with scholarships, grants and financial aid. Your dollars continue to help our kids overcome these obstacles. We want to introduce you to just a few of our recent graduates who are now into their first year of college – and share a few words from their former Christel House teachers. 2014 Graduates: Alexis is studying communications at the University of Indianapolis. “Alexis takes action to make ideas come true and is a true leader.” Chantelle is studying psychology at Indiana State University. “Chantelle has so much to offer this world by sharing her life experiences and reaching out and serving people that need her.”
Alyssa is studying nursing at Marian University. “She bloomed in her confidence and ability to want more of herself and others.”
Lexes is studying business at the University of Indianapolis. “She is mature beyond her years… She is such a bright girl, and I know her future will be bright.” Quentin is studying electrical engineering at IUPUI. “Quentin carries a very humorous personality… his light-hearted personality is a pleasure to have in class.”
Yeimi is pursuing an accounting certificate from Ivy Tech. “You have touched my heart! ...even though I was supposed to be teaching her about life she actually taught me a few things.”
Naseefah is a 9th grade student at Christel House South Africa. She was recently selected as a scholarship recipient to attend summer camp at Culver Leadership Academy in Culver, Indiana. During her trip to the United States, Naseefah shared these words with a group of Christel House supporters.
“My name is Naseefah, born November 11, 1999. I am currently in 9th grade at Christel House South Africa. I live in Manenberg, a place famous for gangersterism, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and even physical abuse. I have seen many tragedies happen in front of me – shootings, stabbings, men beating up their wives. Growing up, I thought this was the only world I would ever see. I thought drugs and alcohol were the right way to go, that everyone must do them.
Starting school at Christel House was life changing. I learned humility, respect and how to love one another. Being at Christel House has taught me how to appreciate other peoples’ differences and how to even appreciate my own differences. I am a very talkative person who loves to communicate with people. I love exploring new things. I love education challenges – I am always up for one. I think my community is my biggest challenge, but I am going to turn it into my fuel to succeed. I want to show my peers and family that your background doesn’t determine your future and because of Christel House, my future is surely bright.
I’ve received many opportunities at school which no one in my family has. One of the biggest opportunities I’ve received was to travel to America – which no one in my family has ever received. I’m truly proud to be a “Christel Houser” because without their support, nothing would have been possible.
My hopes for the future are to study at a university and become a chartered accountant, to break the cycle of poverty, to give back to my community, and to be an inspiration to many young people out there and show them – it doesn’t really matter where you’re from but what you do with your circumstances.”
Thank you for supporting the students of Christel House South Africa and helping them to achieve their dreams.
Akari, a 9th grader at Christel House Mexico, has been faced with significant obstacles to overcome in her 14 years. Not only has she overcome those obstacles, but she has gone on to accomplish even more significant achievements.
Akari lost her father in a car accident when she was four years old, and she now lives with her mother and sister. Her mother works as a domestic worker. The family rents a small house, which they live in and share one bathroom with five other families. Akari’s home life has presented her with many hardships, but attending Christel House has given her the determination and hope she needed to succeed.
Akari has attended Christel House since 1st grade, and math and English are her favorite subjects. Next year will be her first year of high school and aspires to study criminology in college.
Akari has an extremely bright future ahead of her. She has performed well academically, finishing 8th grade with 9.2 out of 10 point average.
She said that she has benefitted not only from the education that Christel House has provided her, but also from the emotional support she has received.
“When I was in 3rd grade, I was still mourning the death of my dad, and Christel House supported me with counseling to get over the loss of my dad,” Akari said. “Because of that, today I no longer suffer his death.”
Thank you for believing in our students and for helping them to overcome obstacles. Your support is making a tremendous difference.