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.
Dec 6, 2013

Because of you...

Christel House India Student
Christel House India Student

BECAUSE OF YOU. . .

Last school year, 98% of students attending Christel House India graduated from 12th grade.  Many are continuing on to study at university, with dreams like becoming a doctor, joining the Indian Air Force, or getting a degree in engineering. 

In India, an estimated 46% of Indian girls are married by age 18 – many of them child brides.

Your support is making a difference. Thank you for helping in this transformative work. Christel House Founder, Christel DeHaan and Christel House students wanted to share their appreciation. Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G67eDmda0F0

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for considering Christel House in your year-end giving.

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Dec 6, 2013

Because of you...

Christel House South Africa Graduate
Christel House South Africa Graduate

BECAUSE OF YOU. . .

Over the past four years, 100% of students attending Christel House South Africa have graduated from 12th grade.  Many are continuing on to study at university, with dreams like becoming an entrepreneur, or getting a degree in engineering. Ninety-six percent of Christel House graduates are employed and/or working to continue their education.

Fifty percent of South Africans aged 18-24 are unemployed.

Your support is making a difference. Thank you for helping in this transformative work. Christel House Founder, Christel DeHaan and Christel House students wanted to share their appreciation. Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G67eDmda0F0

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for considering Christel House in your year-end giving.

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Sep 12, 2013

To Care, To Share, To Make a Difference

CHI graduates present a check to Christel DeHaan
CHI graduates present a check to Christel DeHaan

“To Care, To Share, To Make a Difference.”

Soundharya and all Christel House India (CHI) students have recited this mantra for many years, and in February Soundharya was part of a group of CHI graduates who put these words into action.

Soundharya began attending Christel House India in 2003. Her father was a construction worker and her mother worked as a sales clerk – both barely making ends meet. Fighting the odds, Soundharya went on to graduate from Christel House India and after high school was hired on for a 2 year apprenticeship training program at The Taj Hotel, a prestigious hotel in Bangalore. Despite finding the apprenticeship program extremely difficult, she persisted and was even offered a full time job at The Taj Hotel on MG Road, one of their most prestigious properties. Soundharya‘s salary is a great support to her family and, because of it, her younger sister can now go to college.

Supporting her family was not enough for Soundharya, however, she wanted to do more. In February, Soundharya and a group of her former classmates pooled their resources and presented a check to Founder, Christel DeHaan as a donation to Christel House. The students presented their donation during the school’s 2013 graduation ceremony to set an example for their younger classmates. The check was worth 24,700 Rupees – about $450 USD – a huge sum for these students.

When Founder, Christel DeHaan received the check, she was brought to tears by the student’s generosity and spirit of giving. She had seen the model of Christel House come full circle – students who had broken the cycle of poverty and were now giving back to help the next generation. 

Thank you for your support in making this possible - you are chaning lives.

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