Archana lives in a small house with her family in the slums of Bangalore. Yet, at Christel House India, she’s at the top of her class in every subject. A budding artist, Archana takes part in musical and theatrical performances. She dreams of a career in architecture. Watch and share Archana’s story. “When I look at my neighbors, I can see in myself there are many differences. They don’t have good education, proper food—they don’t have goals for the future. Some of them do not even go to school because of the poverty between their families. I think that I am the only one in my premises getting the wonderful opportunity to study at Christel House,” says Archana. “Without Christel House, I would not be getting an education. I would never imagine my future.” Christel House gives Archana an education—and so much more. That’s because Christel House doesn’t just educate children, or feed them, or provide health care. Christel House provides all these things—from early childhood through adulthood. Your support of “Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums” is helping to change the lives of children, like Archana, and support future generations.
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.