Christel House International

Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Nov 2, 2016

The Only One to Finish High School

Taariq at the 2016 Christel House Concert
Taariq at the 2016 Christel House Concert

Christel House South Africa (CHSA) graduate, Taariq, shares his experience growing up in gang ridden neighborhoods of Cape Town, South Africa and how, despite the odds, he is now studying law at the University of the Western Cape.

Read his remarks below or watch Taariq share them with an audience at the 2016 Christel House Concert. http://christelhouse.org/our-stories/170/the-amazing-journey-of-taariq-salie/ 

“My name is Taariq. I am a CHSA graduate currently studying law at the University of the Western Cape.

At 6 years old, I started my journey at Christel House not knowing what lie ahead of me. I thought it was just an ordinary school, but as the years went on, I became aware of the positive influence the school had on me.

At the time, I lived with my parents and my two brothers in a shack with two beds and a broken cupboard. My mother was unemployed and my father was struggling to get work. But, I am happy to say, my father is a tailor now.

I come from a neighborhood filled with gangsterism, drugs and violence. It’s almost impossible for a CHSA student to say that they have never heard gunshots before, that their families are not getting destroyed by drugs or that they have never witnessed a murder before.

At the age of 11, I witnessed my first murder and just last week one of my childhood friends got murdered. I use these social issues as motivation because I know I have a school that supports my dreams.

Christel House has a structure that supports children's dreams, creates a vision for youth and helps students become self-sufficient citizens. The children in my neighborhood have no vision, no support and no guidance.

For children in public schools, finishing high school is a milestone—which should not be the case. Finishing high school should be the norm because education is a basic right every child should have. I am the only boy from my neighborhood that finished high school. I work hard every day because I know my parents never had the opportunities or education I have. Never mind education, my parents did not even have their basic rights. They grew up in the time of Apartheid where they were taught in a language they do not even understand.

Christel house is more than just an organization, but a haven for children, taking them away from their social issues.At the age of 19, I made it out of my neighborhood. Christel house got me an apartment at the University where I am safe and can focus on my studies. The only reason I go back to my old neighborhood is to visit my mom and show the youth that we can make something of our lives. It does not matter where we come from, but where we are going.

Christel House has staff members who are not only interested in teaching students, but also helping them build character—Christel House staff like our math teacher, Mr. Singley who sacrifices every lunch break to tutor students or Mr. Shaun who’s always there to give us guidance and advice when we need him. Both of these teachers had a huge impact on me because they were there to support me during difficult times.

Miss Christel, just by creating the organization, Christel House will act as a catalyst for thousands of good deeds being created by students. It might not be on such a big scale, but we will make a difference in our communities.

My plan for the future is to graduate and go into criminal law so that I can help the criminal justice system of my country. 

To everyone supporting Christel House, thank you so much. You are not only providing children with education, but changing our lives.

Thank you for listening to my story.”

Taariq with Founder, Christel DeHaan
Taariq with Founder, Christel DeHaan
Taariq at CHSA 2014 Graduation
Taariq at CHSA 2014 Graduation
Taariq in 1st Grade
Taariq in 1st Grade

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Aug 9, 2016

Coming Soon: A New Christel House in India

Christel House is breaking the cycle of poverty
Christel House is breaking the cycle of poverty

The reality for impoverished children in India, particularly girls, is stifling. They face insurmountable odds and are sentenced to repeat the generational cycle of poverty into which they were born.

  • An estimated 47% of women in India are married by age 181.
  • 29.8% of girls in India complete Grade 10 1.
  • Only 1 in 100 girls in India graduate from Grade 121.

Christel House has been working to break this cycle of poverty in India for 15 years. Students starting in kindergarten at Christel House India are 16 times more likely to graduate from a post-secondary education program when compared to government school students.

  • Girls with secondary schooling are 6 times less likely to be child brides than those with little or no education 3.
  • Christel House India has a 96% annual retention rate.
  • 98 in 100 students at Christel House India pass their graduation exams.

And, with your support, we want to continue the impact. We will soon open a new school in India to give even more children a brighter future.

The government of Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest states, is building a new school for Christel House in the city of Naya Raipur. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Initially, it will serve 210 students in Grades K–2. Each year, the school will add one new grade level.

The government is funding construction, but Christel House will be responsible for covering the cost of student programs, teachers, books, food, health care and transportation.

For young girls living in poverty in Naya Raipur, attending Christel House will mean a free, quality education, nutrition, medical support, safe transportation to and from school and a healthy environment to learn and grow.

Your support of ‘Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums’ is giving impoverished girls the opportunity to step into a classroom for the very first time. Thank you for helping to change a child’s life story.

1. The World of Indian Girls 2014 Report – Save the Children
http://resourcecentre.savethechildren.se/sites/default/files/documents/executive_summary_of_wings_2014.pdf
2. Impact at Scale, DARSA
https://www.dasra.org/insight/impact-at-scale
3. Keeping Girls in Secondary Schools, DARSA
https://www.dasra.org/cause/keeping-girls-in-secondary-schools

Rendering of the new school in Naya Raipur
Rendering of the new school in Naya Raipur

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Aug 9, 2016

Christel House Mexico is Moving!

New Christel House Mexico building
New Christel House Mexico building

We have some exciting news to share. Christel House Mexico is moving to a new campus that will include a much needed high school.

On a trip to Mexico City in 1998, Christel DeHaan quickly realized that impoverished children need more than clothes and food. They need tools to help them break the cycle of poverty. Later that year, the first Christel House learning center opened in Mexico City.

Christel House Mexico, which now serves more than 400 students in grades 1–9, has outgrown its urban campus. Soon, it will move to a new facility in Tacubaya, Mexico. The new space will include bigger classrooms, sports and recreation areas, green space, better transportation access, and—most importantly—room for a much-needed high school.

Refurbishment of the school is in its final phase and the new facility will be ready for the start of school on August 15. The new building will allow us to have a greater impact, adding grades 10–12, and better serve our current students.

Your support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios’ is helping to make this move possible and giving impoverished girls the opportunity for a brighter future. Thank you.

New Christel House Mexico school
New Christel House Mexico school
New Christel House Mexico school
New Christel House Mexico school

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