Jan 12, 2012

No Obstacle is Too Big!

No Obstacle is Too Big!

Living in the slums of Cape Town with his two sisters and his mother has not stopped Gopal from working hard to achieve his dream of going to college. A 16 year old student at Christel House, this determined young man participates in sports and art, loves music and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Gopal's mother, a widow, works very long hours as a domestic helper, earning a meager $67 per month.  Food is a luxury at times. Living conditions are nearly unbearable. Yet Gopal, according to his teacher, is a diligent student. "He has grown into a responsible individual. He is extremely enthusiastic. He will do very well in the future," she boasts. "He has great leadership qualities. We have a lot of faith in Gopal."

Had he not come to Christel House, Gopal strongly believes his life would have turned out very different. "Christel House has given me the opportunity to grow and develop into a better human being. The school has made me more responsible and has enabled me to acquire skills that will help me to face the world in the future," says Gopal.

Gopal's dream is to attend college to become an engineer and support his family.  "I love my school and my teachers who have taught me everything that I need to know to face the challenges of life. I know that I will be able to overcome whatever obstacles I have in front of me. I am very lucky to be here."

You can help Gopal and other Christel House students' dreams of going to college come true. When you donate to  Christel House 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 South Africa kids and their future. Together, we truly are breaking the cycle of poverty one student at a time.  

For more information, visit our website at www.christelhouse.org.


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Jan 12, 2012

Hard Work Leads to Bright Future

“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.

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Oct 17, 2011

We've Got Spirit!!!

High School Students studying at Christel House SA
High School Students studying at Christel House SA

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!

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