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.
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!
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