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.
Feb 12, 2016

The Power of Your Investment

Esmeralda, Christel House Mexico 9th grade student
Esmeralda, Christel House Mexico 9th grade student

Esmeralda lives with her parents and two siblings in Mexico City. Her small house is hidden behind a yellow brick wall, hardly noticeable off the busy urban street. The home has an aluminum roof and bootlegged electricity. Old construction materials and rubble are piled up around the outside of the home. The family of five sleeps on one small bed and a mattress on the floor. Several families share an outhouse.

“I see a lot of violence in my community,” Esmeralda said. A 13 year old boy that used to help her mother at home was shot and killed by her house. “The guys that killed that boy didn’t rob him. They just killed him,” she said. “They mark the floor when someone is killed, how they were laying. I have seen the blood.”

Esmeralda is a 9th grade student at Christel House Mexico. She started attending Christel House in 7th grade. She has noticed many differences between Christel House and the public school she used to attend. “The classrooms and bathrooms were terrible. The students were always fighting and I would be very nervous,” she shared about the public school. “At the public school, students used to pay teachers to have good grades and pass exams. If they didn’t want to go to class, they just didn’t go and nothing happened.”

Esmeralda loves attending school at Christel House—and she is thriving. “When I go to Christel House, I am happy,” she says. “I am not sad or nervous because I don’t have the same problems.” She is grateful for all the new opportunities she has received at Christel House. “The teachers are excellent. I am learning new subjects and I understand a lot of English now. I receive clothes for school. School supplies and books are given to me. I see the school psychologist and she helps me. Christel House is excellent because they help me and I don’t have to pay. I think I will have more opportunities in life.” She dreams of one day traveling and teaching history.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Christel House Mexico students. Esmeralda is evidence of the power of your investment.

Esmeralda at her home in Mexico City
Esmeralda at her home in Mexico City
The yellow brick wall by Esmeralda
The yellow brick wall by Esmeralda's home
Esmeralda
Esmeralda's house
Esmeralda at Christel House Mexico
Esmeralda at Christel House Mexico

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Nov 17, 2015

You give us so much.

Alexandra celebrating Day of the Dead at school
Alexandra celebrating Day of the Dead at school

Alexandra is a fifth grade student at Christel House Mexico. She lives in a small home with her parents, grandparents and brother. Her mother is a housekeeper and her father drives a taxi. Alexandra shared that there are many issues in her community, “I can see people using drugs and alcohol in the streets on my way to and from school.”

Alexandra started at Christel House when she was in first grade. Education is extremely important to her family. She gets up at 5:30am every morning to make it to Christel House on time. “I like the activities, the education and the teachers—how they explain the subjects. I learn more at Christel House than I would at a public school. I also get breakfast and lunch,” she shared. Many kids in her community don’t go to school at all. “They won’t be able to have a job or a future. If the children come to Christel House, they can have lots of opportunities,” she said.

Alexandra has big dreams for the future. “I want to be an English teacher to help other students.” To those who support Christel House, she says, “Thank you. You give us so much.”

Thank you for your ongoing support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios.’ Alexandra is one of 409 current Christel House Mexico students who will have a better life because you care.

But there are many more students in need.Would you consider an end of year gift for our students? A gift to help break the cycle of poverty could be the best thing you do all year.

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Nov 17, 2015

The best thing you do all year

Danren, 9th grade, Christel House South Africa
Danren, 9th grade, Christel House South Africa

Danren, now a ninth grade student at Christel House South Africa, started attending Christel House when he entered the first grade in 2006. He lives in Cape Town with his grandmother, mother, father and four sisters. Danren believes the biggest issues in his community are gang-related violence and a lack of caring about education. There are often riots between various schools throughout his community.

Being the only boy, Danren had an early start practicing the core values taught at Christel House—respect, responsibility, independence, and integrity. “I try my hardest to apply them to my daily life,” he says. He often takes care of the house and his sisters while his mother and father are at work.  

Danren believes it is important to take advantage of the opportunities that come his way. “Whenever I’ve got an opportunity, I grab it...because I’ve learned that if you don’t grab an opportunity, it might not come back,” he says. One opportunity that Danren has utilized is the medical care at Christel House. With only having one kidney, he feels fortunate to have that service. “They take care of me,” he shared.

This fearlessness plays out in Danren’s life in other ways as well. Despite being the youngest and shortest boy at tryouts for the school volleyball team, he not only made the team, but quickly became their captain.

Danren has big goals for his future. He would like to study at a technical university and become a marine biologist. He says, “I really like sea life. With being a marine biologist, I think I would be really happy. My heart is set on it.” With the support of Christel House, along with his two sisters—who are both graduates of Christel House South Africa, Danren is well on his way to a brighter future. “Thank you for giving me everything that I need,” he says.

Thank you for your ongoing support of ‘Help South African H.S. Grads Attend College.’ Danren is one of roughly 728 current Christel House South Africa students who will have a better life because you care.

But there are many more students in need. Would you consider an end of year gift for our students? A gift to help break the cycle of poverty could be the best thing you do all year.

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