Christel House International

Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Aug 26, 2014

From Poverty to Engineering Student

Maldren, 2013 Christel House India Graduate
Maldren, 2013 Christel House India Graduate

Meet Maldren - a Christel House 2013 Graduate

Maldred grew up in poverty, a child of the Bangalore slums. In her neighborhood, education is not always a high priority for women. Less than 10% of all Indian youth are pursuing a college degree. Despite the odds, Maldren chased her dreams.

Maldren attended Christel House India and excelled, graduating from high school in 2013. She is now studying Aeronautical Engineering at Srinivas Institute of Technology and was the top ranked student in the engineering program during her first semester. Christel House is continuing to provide support to Maldren as she pursues her career.

"When I came to Christel House many years ago, I had many dreams, and now those dreams are coming true. My aim is to join the Indian Air Force, and I am working hard." Maldren said.

Her future reimagined: “I see myself as a proud and respected woman working in the India Air Force, giving part of my salary to Christel House. I will build a house for my parents and make them and everyone at Christel House proud of me.”

Christel House WORKS: 85% of Christel House India - Bangalore graduates are pursuing higher education.

Thank you for believing in our students and for helping them to dream. Your support is making a tremendous difference.

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Jun 17, 2014

Our First Graduation

Christel House Academy - 2014 Graduates
Christel House Academy - 2014 Graduates

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.

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May 30, 2014

"Not a Reflection of My Background"

Tabisa, 2009 Graduate of CH South Africa
Tabisa, 2009 Graduate of CH South Africa

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.

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