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Sep 26, 2019

What career would you choose?

A sobering South Africa statistic: nearly 1 in 3 young South Africans is unemployed or not in school. That’s not the case at Christel House South Africa (CHSA) – 96% of our graduates are continuing their education or employed. That’s because the CHSA College & Careers program offers students guidance before and after they graduate.

As part of the College & Careers support, CHSA teamed up with FutureMe, a South Africa nonprofit focused on bringing students, schools and potential employers together. During a week-long career expo, kids engaged with universities to explore career paths by continuing their education. Several corporations were also on hand to meet about job opportunities. Ziyanda B., Grade 12, is grateful for the networking experience. “I learned so much about myself,” she says. “I gained confidence in what I want to do. And that will make me a better candidate for employment.”  

Jul 8, 2019

Working to find a summer job

Students stay active learning while earning.
Students stay active learning while earning.

Summer isn’t just for vacation – it’s a time for Christel House Academy students in Indianapolis to explore new opportunities. Christel House works to place kids in activities for the summer months – whether it’s at camp, in the Academy’s Summer Enrichment program or working. “We don’t want students sitting at home all summer,” says Kara Moreland, College & Careers Administrator. Moreland works through the Spring to offer students plenty of options. For some, that means a summer job. Representatives from the Indianapolis Zoo (above) visited with Christel House students Nick, Kamryn and Jacilynn to discuss art and photography positions at the Zoo. Jacilynn worked at the Zoo last year and plans to return this summer. “It will be my third year. It’s a great experience,” she says.

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Jul 8, 2019

You can make Azibalule's dreams come true

Meet Azibalue from Christel House South Africa
Meet Azibalue from Christel House South Africa

Azibalule G. is in Grade 5 at Christel House South Africa. She lives with her mother and little brother in Jungle Walk, a densely populated zone within the Langa Township in Cape Town. It is a poor and dangerous place to grow up. Adri Marais, CEO of Christel House South Africa, sees the challenges kids face. “We are a gang-infested, extremely violent society,” she says. “How we deal with it is one of the major keys in unlocking the potential that our students have.” Christel House South Africa offers a safe place for children. Azibalule’s humble background fuels her desire to overcome her circumstances. She dreams to be a lawyer or a pilot. “Christel House teachers are kind,” Azibalule says. “They do their best to teach me new things.”

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