Recently, you gave to support Christel House India students. Over the years, people did exactly what you did, they donated. And because of those donations, lives have been changed. Christel House students who grew up in the slums of Bangalore are now successfully employed at companies like Dell, Microsoft, Northern Trust, RCI, and Transguard Securities. Christel House India graduates are excelling in a country where only 6% of the population works in formal sector employment. For these students, the cycle of poverty is being broken. That’s the power of your investment.
“If I was in a different school, we would not be given food. We would not have medical check-ups. I would not learn to work hard,” said Sufiyan, a 3rd grade student at Christel House India. Your generosity is changing lives and giving hope to students like Sufiyan—the next generation of Christel House graduates.
100% of your gift directly supports the children of Christel House. Administrative and fundraising costs are covered by our Founder and CEO. Thank you for giving.
Education is much more than desks and books. At Christel House Academy (CHA) students are educated from kindergarten to career. Each child discovers a personal roadmap to success. The leadership, problem-solving and creative-thinking skills learned at Christel House inspire students to believe in themselves, develop meaningful relationships and achieve excellence against all odds.
Lexes R. credits Christel House Academy with teaching her never to settle for less than her best. “At Christel House, I learned how to aim high and not sell myself short. The school even recommended me for a summer internship at International Cruise & Excursions (ICE), a global travel company in Phoenix. There I gained experience that will help my future accounting career.” Lexes was Salutatorian of Christel House Academy’s 2014 graduating class. She is the first in her family to attend college and pursue a professional career. Her parents taught Lexes the importance of hard work, and Christel House helped her find dreams to follow. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Indianapolis pursuing a degree in accounting. The obstacles Christel House students must overcome to achieve their dreams are significant, but your support is helping students, like Lexes, attend college, pursue their careers and make their dreams reality. That’s the power of your investment.
By Kristen Matthews, Christel House South Africa, 2010 graduate
“I was nine when I started at Christel House in 2002. I had already learnt the ways of hardships and poverty. My mom worked long hours and my father was unemployed, so every day after school, my brother and I ran home to fetch our baby sister from the neighbor’s house. We would juggle changing diapers, doing homework and doing our chores before our parents got home to a meal cooked by one of us.
Growing up in notorious Manenberg (a township in Cape Town), I always hoped for something better–a big home filled with toys and happiness. But my home was no different than our neighbors’ homes, where substance, physical and drug abuse are served with breakfast, lunch and supper. Unemployment is high. Poverty greets you at dawn, gunshots wish you goodnight and drug addicts want to be your friends. But, Christel House was my safe haven.
There, everything changed. I went from unhappy and unlucky, to being the happiest and luckiest kid ever! At Christel House I was taught values, morals, etiquette, communication skills, emotional intelligence, education, happiness – everything. The journey of Christel House was precious. From being picked up in the morning, to receiving wholesome meals, quality education and lifelong values, I learned Christel House was my family.
A Christel House teacher taught me fencing and later I became a qualified fencing coach. On weekends, I offer free fencing lessons to children in Manenburg. I also help young people from my community make decisions about their future, apply to school or find meaningful jobs, just like Christel House helps me and 190 other graduates.
I am now a final year student at university, completing my Sports Management qualification. At Christel House, not only did I learn to become independent, responsible and respectful, but I also have what I know is the foundation to living a successful life – integrity.”
Your support is helping Christel House South Africa students, like Kristen, attend college, pursue their careers and accomplish their dreams. That’s the power of your investment.