Your generosity to the children of Christel House Mexico has made a significant difference in many lives. I’d like to take a moment to tell you how.
A few weeks ago, I stepped off a plane into the summer air of Mexico City to see the incredible work accomplished by our 450 students there. Testimonials and videos from afar pale in comparison to what I witnessed in person: students with bright smiles genuinely eager to learn, asking and answering questions with enthusiasm.
Later in my trip, I visited the neighborhood slums that our children call home, and realized just how difficult life is for these students. But, at Christel House, I was surrounded by inspiration. It was hope that I felt.
One student in particular, Azul, captured my attention. She is a shy sixth grader whose parents sell balloons to support the family, earning about $270 per month.
Azul climbs 150 steps each morning before she jumps on a public bus for an hour-long journey to Christel House. It is easy to see the pride she takes in her schoolwork. I learned about her dream to become a chef and take care of her parents, two younger sisters, a cousin, aunt, and grandmother—all of whom live under the same roof. Here was a child who had so little yet wanted to give to others.
For 15 years, Christel House Mexico has been providing kids with more than an education. We’ve offered a safe haven for children determined to escape the poverty that overwhelms their families. These students run toward the school each day with dreams and goals, determined to make a better life.
I’d like to ask you to please share Azul’s story with your friends and family so that they too will know that there is a child, living in difficult circumstances—working to change their future. Above is a photo of Azul and her sister Akira. The image reminds me to do what I can to lift others up. Please join me in doing the same.
Many thanks in advance for your help,
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.”