On June 7th, we celebrated our first graduating class at Christel House Academy – Watanabe High School. More than 40% of these graduates received an “Honors Diploma,” compared to only 16% of students from similar socio-economic conditions throughout Indiana. We are also proud to share with you that over 90% of our seniors at Christel House Academy – Watanabe High School hold a college admission letter to:
Anderson University | The Art Institute of Indianapolis | Franklin College | Indiana State University | Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis | Indiana Wesleyan University | Ivy Tech Community College | Marian University | University of Indianapolis | Vincennes University
Many of our graduates were the first in their family to graduate from high school and most will be the first to attend college. We are so excited for our students to have achieved such success. They worked hard to overcome many obstacles. These young adults demonstrate the life–changing impact of the Christel House program. In spite of the difficult environments from which they come, they are well on their way to becoming productive, contributing members of society. We are grateful to Christel House donors for their support and belief in our mission. You have helped put our students on a trajectory to achieve success.
Thank you for your continued support of ‘Help South African H.S. Grads Attend College’! Your generosity gives Christel House South Africa students the opportunity to escape poverty through higher education, vocational training and job placement. We are excited to introduce Tabisa Z., a 2009 Graduate of Christel House South Africa.“I don’t have to be a reflection of my background,” Tabisa said when asked the most important thing she’d learned at Christel House. “The world is my oyster and in it I can achieve anything.”Tabias grew up in Khayelitsha – South Africa’s second largest township after Soweto – where an estimated 1.5 million people live within a 17 square mile area. Today Tabisa is employed in that same impoverished community, at Hubspace – an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged entrepreneurs procure office space, infrastructure and equipment. Tabisa’s skills in office administration and customer service helped her secure the position.Tabisa offered valuable advice to fellow Christel House students:“No matter in which part of the world they [students] are, they need to realize that they, too, have something to offer, in their school, community or as a citizen,” she says.Tabisa’s goal is to use her talents to help improve her community.“I hope to make a difference in Khayelitsha, and other poor communities. My background makes me empathize with the people and their challenges, and my education in business administration helps me work with them to solve problems.”Christel House donors, like you, help students, like Tabisa, reimagine their futures and make an impactful difference in their communities while achieving their dreams. Thank you for your continued support.
Leaving her mud hut with its dirt floor and tin roof for the bright lights and solid walls of Christel House Lavasa was traumatic for Madhuri. She lives in one of the most remote areas of Lavasa, in difficult terrain. Goats, cows and buffalo are her companions.When she started school in 2012, Madhuri was the first of her three siblings to go to an English medium school. At age 8, she was placed in second grade, although she had to master first grade content as well as English before she could tackle second grade material.Low self-esteem showed in her bowed head, slumped shoulders and inability to make eye contact. But, her parents – both uneducated and illiterate – encouraged her. They want a better life for their daughter. “I am a simple woman who knows how to tend to buffalo and land,” said her mother. “But if Madhuri gets this education, I am sure she will be able to make a good decision about her future.”Today as a 4th grader, Madhuri is a different child. Confident and bright, she participates in sports, music and arts after school. Now fluent in English, she helps her parents and siblings learn basic phrases. She loves to study, and describes her teachers as kind and full of new ideas. Mandhuri loves dolls, reading and her dog, Bandi, and a black and white cat names Mani. When she thinks about the future, Madhuri imagines that she will grow up to work – maybe even in an office – where she will use the English she has learned at Christel House.Your support of “Educate an India Girl-Child from the Slums” is helping girls at Christel House India, like Madhuri, dream big and imagine a brighter future. Thank you for your continued support.“I want our students to grow into good human beings – kind and gentle, yet strong and self-sufficient, who dare to dream and work hard to achieve those dreams.” – Jaya George, Head of Schools, Christel House IndiaUp to 60 Million Children in India are Child Laborers; Over Half of them Work 7 Days a Week.