When Danika was only 6, her parents separated, and she was faced with the difficult decision of whether to live with her mother or father. After weighing her relationship with both, Danika decided life with her father would be more stable and supportive. The two live with Danika’s grandmother and uncle in a tiny dwelling where Danika shares a bedroom with her father, and her uncle sleeps on the sofa.
In 2008, Danika graduated from Christel House Mexico. Danika is now in her final year of university, where she’s studying to become a clinical psychologist. She plans to use her skills to help others find solutions to their problems.
“Because of Christel House, I’m in the best university in Mexico City—Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Christel House has provided me with opportunities to be a better student, a better psychologist and a better person,” she says. “When people tell me I’m successful, I think it is because I follow the four Christel House values—respect, responsibility, integrity and independence. For me, those are the basic rules to live a better life.” Your support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios’ is helping young girls and women, like Danika, reach their full potential. Thank you for helping these students get the education they need for a brighter future.
Imagine a sweet, ambitious 6-year-old girl growing up in the slums of Mexico City. That’s Flor. She’s a student at Christel House Mexico and is now in first grade. Flor is evidence that regardless of how young you are, you can make an impact on those around you. Flor’s grandmother, Miss Magdalena, is like a mother to her. Flor’s biological mom passed away the day she was born, and Miss Magdalena became Flor’s guardian. Miss Magdalena doesn’t know how to read or write. When she can’t help Flor with her studies, she knows she can count on a teacher at Christel House to mentor her granddaughter and keep her on track with her learning. According to her teachers, Flor is respectful, enthusiastic and eager to participate. Every day, she strives to improve and learn something new. She enjoys helping her teachers keep order in the classroom, and her peers say that class wouldn’t be the same without her. She excels in math and takes advantage of the opportunity to support her classmates. When Flor grows up, she wants to become a doctor. Your support of “Educate A Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios” helps Flor and Christel House students like her overcome difficulties and pursue their dreams—in the present and in the future. With your support, Flor has the opportunity to turn her love of math into a career in medicine.
We have some exciting news to share. Christel House Mexico is relocating to a larger facility. The learning center has outgrown its cramped, urban quarters, and is moving to a new building in a very impoverished township of Mexico City, Mexico. Christel House Mexico, the first Christel House learning center, opened in 1998 and currently serves over 400 students in grades 1-9. The facility has been gridlocked on its current property, preventing additional expansion, despite the need. But now, thanks to a generous donor, the school is moving and growing. For the first time, the new school will include a pre-first grade, a much needed high school, and green space, including a soccer field and outdoor basketball courts. The new facility will allow Christel House Mexico to serve twice as many students and double our capacity to transform children’s lives.Your support is helping us grow and impact more children’s lives. Together, we are breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
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.
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.
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