We’ve Got Spirit!
Christel House South Africa is so proud to announce that one of our own, Nasipho Sigila, was recently named Runner Up of the prestigious Amy Biehl Foundation Spirit Award. The Award goes to young people who are making a difference and have gone out of their way to bring positive change to their communities.
The 17 year old organized a group of classmates to teach dance at St. Anthony’s pre-school in Langa, keeping the children off the streets where violence is rampant. “What I find personally rewarding about my service is that it is my passion. I hope to make a lasting difference. Christel House has taught me to give back to my community and I believe I am making a difference, even if it seems small,” says Nasipho.
Nasipho was nominated by her teacher Vivienne Stewart who beams with pride when she talks of her young student. “She is such a positive and giving girl. It is so wonderful to see that what we teach at Christel House really is making an impact. She is passionate about giving back to her community.”
At Christel House, we believe that our children will realize their fullest potential by working hard in their studies, pledging to be good citizens and giving back to their communities. Nasipho is just one example of how Christel House is changing the lives of children in South Africa, encouraging them to set their goals high by helping others as they work to improve their own lives.
If you would like to help Christel House students like Nasipho reach their dreams of going to college, and can give back to their communities, GlobalGiving has offered an extra incentive. On October 19, GlobalGiving is having a Bonus Day where they have committed to matching each donation at 30% (up to $1,000). If you have been considering a donation, be sure to log on to GlobalGiving on October 19!
Christel House Grad Receives Full Scholarship to Arizona State University
Thank you for your continued support of Christel House South Africa! Your generosity helps us develop goal-oriented, successful students prepared for the challenges of higher education and the 21st Century workplace.
We are excited to introduce Cimone Maasdorp, a 2010 graduate of Christel House South Africa, who was recently awarded a full scholarship and will begin her studies in tourism at Arizona State University this fall.
“This opportunity means the world to me and my family!” she beams. “I am passionate about tourism and travel and will make this scholarship count these next four years as an ASU “wildcat.”
Cimone’s interest in tourism reflects her deep desire to make a significant contribution to her community, which sadly is plagued by overwhelming poverty, violence and unemployment. “Attending ASU on scholarship will equip me with the skills I can use to help create jobs and other positive opportunities for my people,” she continues. “I want to bring hope to my community.”
She is thankful for her family’s unyielding belief in her abilities and credits Christel House with teaching her to expect the most of herself. “I have been blessed with the great support of my parents and grandparents,” she says. “I am grateful to Christel House for showing me I can reach my dreams by setting aggressive goals, working diligently, and persevering through challenges.”
Christel House donors like you help students, like Cimone, achieve their dreams. THANK YOU!
Join us in wishing her all the best!
CHRISTEL HOUSE GRADUATES WORKING TOWARDS BRIGHTER TOMORROW
Our Christel House South Africa students are shining brightly. Country-wide only 50% of black high school graduates pass the critical "matric" exam, which determines university/ vocational school admission. But, 100% of our Christel House students passed – for two consecutive years. Only 10% of ALL South African graduates qualify for university, yet at Christel House, 67% received scores high enough to enable continued education. These statistics prove one thing—Christel House works!
Our Christel House kids have set lofty goals for themselves, with nearly 90% of our graduates either attending a university, or participating in an apprenticeship or work-study program.
Meet Nontando, a member of the first graduating class of Christel House South Africa in 2009. She is now a second year student at the University of Technology in Cape Town, studying Chemical Engineering. Christel House has given her the confidence and determination to reach her goals. “I didn’t always have the basic needs, like breakfast. My parents couldn't afford to buy what they call luxuries. I didn’t really count on our electricity because of the kind of environment I live in with crime and robbery especially of electrical wires. I was so fortunate to have close teachers who really looked out for me since early years at Christel House.”
Nontando hopes, once she graduates and has full time employment, to work part time towards earning her Master’s Degree. “Poverty,” she says, “is not an excuse not to excel, grow as a stable person, and actually make a difference in the lives of others. And YES, being poor is my reality now, but it’s not my destiny.”
Just like Nontando, many other Christel House graduates are working hard to reach their goals to become contributing members of society through the Career Development program. Currently there are 41 students participating. Thank you so much for your continued support. Every donation makes an impact on our Christel House South Africa graduates. Together, we truly are breaking the cycle of poverty one student at a time.
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