Leaving her mud hut with its dirt floor and tin roof for the bright lights and solid walls of Christel House Lavasa was traumatic for Madhuri. She lives in one of the most remote areas of Lavasa, in difficult terrain. Goats, cows and buffalo are her companions.When she started school in 2012, Madhuri was the first of her three siblings to go to an English medium school. At age 8, she was placed in second grade, although she had to master first grade content as well as English before she could tackle second grade material.Low self-esteem showed in her bowed head, slumped shoulders and inability to make eye contact. But, her parents – both uneducated and illiterate – encouraged her. They want a better life for their daughter. “I am a simple woman who knows how to tend to buffalo and land,” said her mother. “But if Madhuri gets this education, I am sure she will be able to make a good decision about her future.”Today as a 4th grader, Madhuri is a different child. Confident and bright, she participates in sports, music and arts after school. Now fluent in English, she helps her parents and siblings learn basic phrases. She loves to study, and describes her teachers as kind and full of new ideas. Mandhuri loves dolls, reading and her dog, Bandi, and a black and white cat names Mani. When she thinks about the future, Madhuri imagines that she will grow up to work – maybe even in an office – where she will use the English she has learned at Christel House.Your support of “Educate an India Girl-Child from the Slums” is helping girls at Christel House India, like Madhuri, dream big and imagine a brighter future. Thank you for your continued support.“I want our students to grow into good human beings – kind and gentle, yet strong and self-sufficient, who dare to dream and work hard to achieve those dreams.” – Jaya George, Head of Schools, Christel House IndiaUp to 60 Million Children in India are Child Laborers; Over Half of them Work 7 Days a Week.
Maria – or Lupita, as many of her close friends call her – grew up in the Álvaro Obregón Barrio of Mexico City with her mother, father and younger brother. Maria attended Christel House Mexico for 10 years. As a child, she was quiet, but flourished during her years at Christel House, working hard at her studies and becoming fluent in English. As a teenager, she worked as a nanny and a waitress to help support her family, at times making only $1.50/hour.
Maria is now part of Christel House Mexico’s Work-Study program. She will be a junior this August, and is majoring in finance. Her dream is to one day own her own business and travel the world. “I have visions of growing professionally and meetings all my goals” she says. This summer, Maria will intern in the accounting department at I.C.E. Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ. She sees this opportunity as “one step toward having a great future.”
Christel House WORKS – and Maria is an outstanding example. She did not let poverty define her. It is because of the generosity of Christel House champions, like you, that Maria’s story is possible. Thank you for your continued support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios.’ You are helping to transform lives.
Thank you for your support of ‘Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College.’ Because of your generosity, a group of six 11th grade students from Christel House Academy South (CHAS) had the opportunity to ‘head off to college’ and visit universities in Chicago, IL.
On March 16th, CHAS students and a CHAS teacher set out on a MegaBus from Indianapolis to Chicago to visit Roosevelt University and Loyola University for the weekend. The teacher who took them said the schools rolled out the red carpet for our students. Many inner-city students attending CHAS rarely travel outside their immediate areas, so the thought of attending school away from home is often very daunting. This trip not only enabled our students to move outside of their comfort zones and explore a new city, the students all walked away with a much better understanding of how they might manage going away for school.
Christel House Academy South is a public charter school on the near south side of Indianapolis serving a student body of 600+ inner-city, at-risk youth in grades K-12. More than 90% of these students qualify for free or reduced lunch. These students come from families facing great challenges including: unemployment, underemployment, substance abuse, incarceration, absence of parents, and lack of positive adult role models.
Your generosity is helping CHAS students realize their dreams for the future. On June 7th, Christel House Academy South will hold its first graduation. Most of our seniors will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and for the majority of their families’, college has not even been a consideration. 88% of our soon-to-be graduates have already received college acceptance letters. With your support, future CHAS graduates will be prepared for the steps ahead. Thank you for impacting lives.