WHAT DOES CHRISTEL HOUSE INDIA (CHI) MEAN TO YOU?
Christel House India plays an important role in my life. It is like a life giving opportunity where children of weaker sections in society with no dreams are given an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. CHI is the first step to fulfill my dreams. CHI is a wonderful organization to be a part of.
WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR FAMILY SINCE YOU STARTED ATTENDING CHI?
I have been a student of CHI from 2001. It has brought many changes in my life and my family too. It has taken care of me and my family. It has not only laid a foundation for me, but also for my two sisters who are studying here at CHI.
WHAT WOULD YOUR FUTURE BE LIKE IF YOU DIDN’T ATTEND CHI?
I can’t imagine my life without CHI. In today’s world, education plays an important role. An illiterate person will find it very difficult to survive. If I did not attend CHI, I would be uneducated and struggle to meet my everyday needs.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR FUTURE NOW?
I want to become a software engineer. I want to serve my school and help it in the same way it has helped me. I want to give back to my community. I want to bring my family out of poverty. This is the main goal of my life.
Padmini Kashi (class of 2012)
More often than not, Padmini lacked basic necessities growing up. Her father’s job as a driver provided a meager source of income to support Padmini, her mother who suffers from a long-term illness, and two other family members. If not for Christel House, she faced an uncertain future.
At Christel House India, Padmini experienced a whole new world. She received two nutritious meals each day, emotional and psychological support, health care, and an educational environment that helped her learn and grow. Throughout her years at Christel House India, Padmini was an extremely dedicated student and set high expectations for herself, including pursuing higher education after graduation.
She passed her grade 10 state exam with flying colors and determined to study commerce during her final two years of high school. Through her hard work and commitment, Padmini graduated from Christel House India in 2012 near the top of her class. She was one of 9 students (out of 80 who applied) to receive a generous scholarship from Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development and is studying Tourism at the Indira Gandhi National Open University. Padmini will have the opportunity to join the staff of Oberoi upon her university graduation.
We are very proud of Padmini as she pursues and realizes her dreams!
Monica's mother has struggled to hold a job all her life. Her father abandoned the family when she was very young. Yet, thanks to the education and support she received while studying at Christel House, Monica's future promises a brighter path.
While at Christel House, Monica was an active member of the student council where she exhibited strong leadership skills and a high degree of responsibility and trustworthiness. While at Christel House, she was able to have healthy and nutritious meals, receive necessary health care, and was also provided the encouragement and support she needed to pursue her goals.
A 2011 graduate of Christel House, Monica was offered a scholarship to attend Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences as the university was impressed with her top marks in science and math as well as her very high scores in languages. There she has continued to excel academically according to her professors. Monica has now been promised a position as an optometrist at Sankara Eye Hospital as soon as she completes her course of study at the university.
“My life would have been miserable and I would have ended up in the same place I am now if Christel House had not helped and supported me,” says Sonia, a 14 year old student from Christel House India.
Sonia lives with her parents and three siblings. Since her parents earn a meager income of less than $75 per month, providing even one meal per day is often difficult.
Sonia has attended Christel House since kindergarten. She enjoys school and has been recognized by her teachers as a leader among her peers. She enjoys social studies and history. She loves to paint and draw in art class. Sonia says green is her favorite color because it makes her feel bright and energetic. “Sonia is an intelligent girl with strong convictions,” comments her teacher. “She does her assignments with great concentration and thought. She puts in a great deal of effort and therefore performs well. She has grown into a responsible individual and uses the facilities offered by Christel House to the fullest.”
Attending college is not an option for Sonia. She plans to study computer science and pursue a career as a software engineer. “I study hard now so I can get a good job and support my family in the future,” says Sonia. “Christel House has given me the opportunity to grow and develop into a better human being.”
Our Christel House kids work hard to reach their goal to become contributing members of society by taking advantage of the opportunities that Christel House offers. Through a holistic approach to education, Christel House provides life skill training, health care, nutrition, character development, job placement and counseling and family and community support to our kids. As a result, all generations that follow will benefit from the Christel House focus on child, family and community.
You can help Sonia and her classmates achieve their goals by donating to Christel House where 100% of your donation directly benefits the children. At Christel House, no contributions are used to fund overhead or administrative costs. Thank you so much for your continued support. Every donation makes an impact on our Christel House India girls and their future. Together, we truly are breaking the cycle of poverty one student at a time.
To learn more, visit our website at christelhouse.org.
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.
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