Your generosity to the students of Christel House South Africa has made a significant difference in many lives. I’d like to introduce you to one of those students.
Taariq is a 17 year old student at Christel House South Africa (CHSA). In December, Taariq will enter his final year at CHSA - his school home since 1st grade.
Taariq lives with his mother, father and brother in Hanover Park, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Hanover Park is known to be one of the most poverty stricken areas of Cape Town. It has a reputation for being a violent and crime ridden area, with gang violence being particularly rampant. Taariq has seen this violence in his neighborhood, and often has to stay locked in his home when he is not at school for safety.
Taariq is very grateful for the opportunities Christel House has given him. Without Christel House, he believes that he would have been sucked into the violent culture that surrounds him. Instead, Taariq is a student with a very bright future. He is top of his class, one of the best trumpet players at his school and has aspirations to attend the University of Cape Town and study law. One day, Taariq wants to return to Hanover Park to mentor young boys and show them that they too can have a brighter future.
Your support is helping impoverished students, like Taariq, transition to higher education and fulfill their goals and dreams. Thank you for believing in the mission and children of Christel House - you are changing lives.
Rushin joined Christel House South Africa (CHSA) in 2002 when he was in 5th grade. He grew up in a very poverty stricken area of South Africa where drugs, alcohol and violence are rampant. Before coming to Christel House, he even considered joining one of the many gangs present in his community. Although these pressures never subsided during his school years, with assistance and guidance from CHSA, Rushin was able to overcome these challenges.
Rushin graduated from CHSA in 2009 and is now proudly enrolled at the Cape Peninsulas University of Technology. He is currently pursuing a career in construction engineering.
Young people in South Africa today are faced with many challenges. Nationally, only 20% of students ever complete the 12th grade and 50% of South Africans aged 18-24 are unemployed. Rushin recognizes the difficulties that he faced and accredits CHSA for helping him to overcome these barriers.
“Christel House South Africa introduced me to the notion of ‘breaking the cycle of poverty’ in which so many youth of today so easily become ensnared. My horizons were truly broadened at CHSA. I learned to look beyond my circumstances, to achieve success against great adversity. Christel House South Africa has opened the door of quality education to me and now greater success is within reach.”
Years ago, Ancy sat crying in the principal’s office. She, her siblings and her mother had not eaten anything all weekend. Ancy’s father had deserted the family, leaving them with nothing. Christel House provided nutritional support for Ancy, but she did not want to eat at school while her mother starved at home. Christel House social workers quickly intervened.
Though her family struggled, Ancy was motivated to achieve, become independent and improve her family situation. In 2012, she graduated from the 12th grade at Christel House India and is now studying computer science at Kristu Jayanti College where she is at the top of her class. Her goal is to join the Indian Air Force and become a pilot. Ancy gives credit to Christel House for where she is today.
For a young girl growing up in India, the future is bleak. Nationally, 45% of females cannot even read or write. Only 15% of students in India ever reach high school and only 7% graduate – those born to impoverished families are usually not among them. Christel House works to break the cycle of poverty for these young girls. Our goal is to help more girls like Ancy overcome barriers and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. We are so proud of Ancy for her hard work, dedication and determination.