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 16, 2015

You changed my life.

Steffi, 9th grade, Christel House India
Steffi, 9th grade, Christel House India

“My name is Steffi and I go to Christel House India. I am in the 9th grade.

I come from a poor background. Things were going good until my par­ents had to pay for school for my two brothers and myself. Our family got into a bad situation—we had finan­cial difficulties. Sometimes we didn’t really have food to eat and we had no water supply. My father started to use alcohol. My parents were going to stop us from studying.

That is when my neighbors told us about Christel House and I started going to school there. It changed me so much. I learned many things, not just about studies, but about life. I am interested in everything and want to give my best. I started sharing all we learned at Christel House with my parents. It began to change every­one, not only me. My father stopped drinking.

If I wasn’t at Christel House, my parents could have chosen child marriage or child labor for me. I didn’t have values for living, but since coming to Christel House, I know I can do something in this world. I have to study as much as possible, become an engineer and help people in my community, like has been done for me.

This is all because of Christel House and all the donors who support it. You changed my life.

Thank you for your ongoing support of ‘Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums.' Steffi is one of roughly 1,200 current Christel House India 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 16, 2015

Thank you for giving me a chance.

Ashley, 11th Grade, Christel House Academy
Ashley, 11th Grade, Christel House Academy

My name is Ashley. I am in the 11th grade and attend Christel House Academy South. I live with my mom, dad and brother on the near-south side of Indianapolis. My mother works at Arby’s and my father works at a machine shop. My dad is the only one in our family with a high school diploma. Seeing my parents and others in my community struggle makes me realize I have to get an education and go to college if I want to be successful.

With Christel House, I feel much more confident in my future. Before attending Christel House, I didn’t know what it was like to attend a school that welcomed you or to have teachers who cared. Christel House was a true turning point in my life. I now have so many more opportunities.

After graduating, I want to go to college for four years and study veterinary medicine. I would like to travel to farms and take care of animals. With hard work and the assistance I get from Christel House, I know I can reach my dreams.

I can’t thank you and Christel House enough for changing my life. Without Christel House, I wouldn’t believe in myself. I wouldn’t think I could ever go as far as now I know I can. Thank you for making Christel House possible and giving me the opportunity to experience this amazing second home. Thank you for giving me a chance.”

Thank you for your ongoing support of ‘Help Inner City Youth Visit and Apply for College.’ Ashley is one of 850 current Christel House Academy 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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Aug 19, 2015

Academy celebrates first alumni college graduate

Roger, Christel House Academy South graduate
Roger, Christel House Academy South graduate

Roger R. is a 2014 graduate from Christel House Academy (CHA) South and is now the first CHA alumni to graduate college. Roger graduated from the Ivy Tech Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) in the spring of 2015, earning an Associate degree in Liberal Arts.

Teachers at Ivy Tech spoke highly of Roger stating he was, “an absolute joy to have in the program."

The future is looking bright for Roger. He is currently working with plans to return to school to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Design.

Roger’s former Christel House teachers shared their experience with Roger.

“Roger demonstrates exemplary manner to everyone. I remember him shaking my hand and thanking me for helping him in math… he made my day!”

“Joyful, joyful, joyful… big things are in store for Roger… I cannot wait to see what evolves for him...”

Your support is helping Christel House Academy students, like Roger, attend college, pursue a career and accomplish their dreams. Thank you for making an investment in our future. 

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