Jul 21, 2011

Cinderella Story at Christel House India

Jennifer and her art project
Jennifer and her art project

Thank you for your continued support of Christel House India! By supporting our efforts, you are providing girls the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and make a difference in their communities. Our holistic approach assures not only a top notch education, but nutrition, medical, and mental health for all our students.

Meet Jennifer, a second grade student at Christel House India. Her father deserted them many years ago and her mother, who used to work as a housemaid, is ill and now unable to work. Jennifer and her little sister seldom have enough food to eat at home.  When it rains their house leaks and they have to bail the water out as if the house were a leaky boat. They rely on the kindness of neighbors to help with their basic needs. Yet, despite all her struggles, Jennifer‘s cheerfulness is contagious.

Jennifer is a hard working student with strong leadership qualities. She loves her teacher, and begins her day by helping set up the classroom for the day.  She is very caring and often helps her classmates with their studies. Jennifer does well academically, has beautiful handwriting and reads well.   She excels in athletics and is also artistically talented.

Jennifer dreams of being a doctor when she grows up and knows that Christel House India will help her realize her dreams. In the two years that she has been attending Christel House India, Jennifer has been transformed from a subdued, timid little girl to a confident and outgoing child –truly a Cinderella story.

It’s because of people like you that girls like Jennifer are achieving their dreams. Thank you again for your continued support of Christel House!


May 4, 2011

Christel House Graduates Have a Bright Tomorrow

Nontando in her favorite class
Nontando in her favorite class



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.  

Apr 25, 2011

Our Lavasa Girls are Growing

Nutritious lunch
Nutritious lunch


Our first year at Christel House Lavasa has made quite an impact. The children, grades K-2, are progressing unbelievably well. Most can comprehend basic English and have cultivated a sense of hygiene. They are eating much better and as a result have gain an average of 3 kilos.

The children are learning to read in English as well, and have developed reading and comprehension skills that are improving by the day. Most of the Grade 2 children are able to carry on simple conversations with their teachers. Socially, they have become quite confident and energetic. They are a happy and respectful group of children, using “please” and “thank you” on a regular basis.

Our girls at Christel House Lavasa have grown in so many different ways. It has been so exciting to witness their eagerness to learn, while watching their development socially, physically, academically and emotionally.

This year we have 66 girls in the Christel House Lavasa program, 24 in the kindergarten class, 27 in first grade and 15 in second grade. We will continue to expand the school each year.

Thank you for your continued support.  We truly are breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.

First day of school
First day of school
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