On September 16th, the Christel House Academy South 11th and 12th grade classes headed to the Indiana Convention Center for the Indianapolis National College Fair. Students were able to walk around the exhibit halls, visiting booths with information about the entire “college experience.” More than 200 admissions representatives from schools across the nation were available to answer questions. Students gathered bags full of pamphlets and materials about colleges and universities on their interest list. They also had the opportunity to attend sessions on financial aid, college athletics and the application process. Students went home equipped with knowledge to help make an informed decision about their post-graduation plans. Your support is giving our students opportunities, like this trip, to take one more step toward planning their future and achieving their goals. Information is power. Thank you for helping to empower our students.
As students in the United States finish up their mid-year exams and prepare for the holiday break, students at Christel House South Africa are getting ready to wrap up their school year. Twelfth grade students are preparing for their Matric (graduation) exams—an essential test that can determine future opportunities for young adults. For many soon-to-be grads, it’s not easy to focus on the exam. That’s because, when the school day ends, they return to homes that are unstable and often violent.Christel House wants to give these students a new option: A facility, known as “the Farm”, will offer students a safe and tranquil place to study. The Farm will be able to house up to 50 students at a time, and will include dorms, a kitchen and study areas. Christel House is committed to helping students prepare for this important exam. Your support is helping fund important projects, like the Farm, so Christel House students can enter the adult world with confidence—and succeed.
We have some exciting news to share. Christel House Mexico is relocating to a larger facility. The learning center has outgrown its cramped, urban quarters, and is moving to a new building in a very impoverished township of Mexico City, Mexico. Christel House Mexico, the first Christel House learning center, opened in 1998 and currently serves over 400 students in grades 1-9. The facility has been gridlocked on its current property, preventing additional expansion, despite the need. But now, thanks to a generous donor, the school is moving and growing. For the first time, the new school will include a pre-first grade, a much needed high school, and green space, including a soccer field and outdoor basketball courts. The new facility will allow Christel House Mexico to serve twice as many students and double our capacity to transform children’s lives.Your support is helping us grow and impact more children’s lives. Together, we are breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.