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

Akari Overcame Obstacles

Akari, 9th grader at Christel House Mexico
Akari, 9th grader at Christel House Mexico

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.

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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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