Christel House takes part in GlobalGiving.org’s Bonus Day October 19
Girls in India are fighting an uphill battle to get out of poverty and leave the slums where life is almost unbearable. Christel House is continuously working to help give our girls the tools they will need to improve their lives. Our holistic approach to alleviating poverty works-- but we need YOUR help! On October 19, we have the opportunity to further our mission with matching funds from GlobalGiving.org.
At 12:01 AM EDT on October, 19 GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There will be $100,000 available in matching funds but once these matching funds are used, no more matching funds will be applied. In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
Please consider donating to Christel House India and join us in our fight to break the cycle of poverty. Remember that these matching funds only happen on October 19. Thank you so much for your support.
How Christel House Has Changed My Life
By Angel Kumar
I joined Christel House in 4th grade and have been there for the past seven years. Before join CHI, I studied in a school close to where I live. As my parents are daily wages, they found it hard to pay my school fee. They somehow managed to keep me in school till 3rd grade. But after that I had to quit school due to financial crisis at home.
My life has changed completely after joining Christel House. I have gained a lot of confidence and have improved in my academics as well.
Christel House has provided everything for me, from education to food. We are fed tasty and nutritious food and our health is taken care of too. There have been lots of opportunities to exhibit our talents. To top it all is the opportunity I’ve had to attend the world’s number one leadership camp at Culver, Indiana through a scholarship provided by a generous donor. At Culver, we are taught leadership qualities and we get to know students from all around the world. Visiting the United States was always a dream of mine. The Culver experience has helped me to face hurdles boldly and not run away from them.
My family is very thankful and grateful to Christel DeHaan Ma’am and all the people who have changed my life dramatically through Christel House.
Thank you for your continued support of Christel House India! By supporting our efforts, you are providing girls the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and make a difference in their communities. Our holistic approach assures not only a top notch education, but nutrition, medical, and mental health for all our students.
Meet Jennifer, a second grade student at Christel House India. Her father deserted them many years ago and her mother, who used to work as a housemaid, is ill and now unable to work. Jennifer and her little sister seldom have enough food to eat at home. When it rains their house leaks and they have to bail the water out as if the house were a leaky boat. They rely on the kindness of neighbors to help with their basic needs. Yet, despite all her struggles, Jennifer‘s cheerfulness is contagious.
Jennifer is a hard working student with strong leadership qualities. She loves her teacher, and begins her day by helping set up the classroom for the day. She is very caring and often helps her classmates with their studies. Jennifer does well academically, has beautiful handwriting and reads well. She excels in athletics and is also artistically talented.
Jennifer dreams of being a doctor when she grows up and knows that Christel House India will help her realize her dreams. In the two years that she has been attending Christel House India, Jennifer has been transformed from a subdued, timid little girl to a confident and outgoing child –truly a Cinderella story.
It’s because of people like you that girls like Jennifer are achieving their dreams. Thank you again for your continued support of Christel House!
OUR LAVASA GIRLS ARE GROWING!
Our first year at Christel House Lavasa has made quite an impact. The children, grades K-2, are progressing unbelievably well. Most can comprehend basic English and have cultivated a sense of hygiene. They are eating much better and as a result have gain an average of 3 kilos.
The children are learning to read in English as well, and have developed reading and comprehension skills that are improving by the day. Most of the Grade 2 children are able to carry on simple conversations with their teachers. Socially, they have become quite confident and energetic. They are a happy and respectful group of children, using “please” and “thank you” on a regular basis.
Our girls at Christel House Lavasa have grown in so many different ways. It has been so exciting to witness their eagerness to learn, while watching their development socially, physically, academically and emotionally.
This year we have 66 girls in the Christel House Lavasa program, 24 in the kindergarten class, 27 in first grade and 15 in second grade. We will continue to expand the school each year.
Thank you for your continued support. We truly are breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
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