Educate a Poor Mexican Child

by Christel House International
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Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child

Rosa M. had never been to the United States. A graduate of Christel House Mexico, she was invited to travel to Indianapolis to share her experiences at Christel House with associates at Eli Lilly and Company. Rosa’s story of growing up in a house without electricity or running water and her subsequent success despite many obstacles made an impression on her audience. She considers herself fortunate to have started at Christel House Mexico in first grade. “I grew up at Christel House surrounded by teachers who cared about me and my education,” Rosa said. “I believe it was the most important time of my life. If I hadn’t graduated from Christel House, I probably would not have enrolled in high school.” In Mexico, students take a test to enroll in high school. Rosa’s high school test scores were amazing - she ranked number 25 out of 250,000 students taking the test in Mexico City!

Rosa is now studying to become an OB/GYN, a dream that was inspired by a doctor’s story of helping others when he visited Christel House while she was in seventh grade.

Rosa concluded by thanking the associates at Lilly for their support of Christel House. “I’m so grateful to Christel House and to all of you for being the “angels” that gave me the opportunity to have a better quality of life. I will do my best to achieve my goals and become a contributing member of society by helping people around me.”

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Flor Attends Christel House Mexico
Flor Attends Christel House Mexico

Flor’s favorite parts of being a Christel House Mexico student are the classes, delicious food, and great teachers. Without an opportunity for education, Flor’s life might have looked very different. Flor’s mother passed away when she was born and her father did not provide for her. She is being raised by her grandmother who sells sweets on the street all day to help provide for the family. Flor, her grandmother, her aunt and several cousins all live in a two room house in an impoverished neighborhood of Mexico City. Flor and her cousins enjoy visiting parks to play, but they are not allowed out after 8pm because the area is not safe.

Christel House has transformed Flor’s opportunities for the future through the services she receives. “Other schools don’t have a garden, a sports area, special classes, or food every day,” Flor says. Her favorite subjects are math and English and she wants to be a doctor or an artist when she grows up. “Thanks to Christel DeHaan I can learn music, arts and English,” Flor shares. “I love special classes because I can learn how to play instruments, I can draw, make figures, and in computer class I learn how to use the computer. What I like the most are art and sports classes. I am very grateful to all the people at my school, they give me all the support I need. But I am especially grateful to Señora DeHaan.”

Flor is building a bright future through her education at Christel House Mexico. Watch her story through the link below.

Flor and Her Grandmother At Their Home
Flor and Her Grandmother At Their Home

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Monica now in 10th Grade at Christel House Mexico
Monica now in 10th Grade at Christel House Mexico

In Mexico, the quality of education is poor and dropout statistics are dramatic—only 16% of students finish high school. In the Alvaro Obregón Township, where Christel House Mexico (CHMX) is located, 76% of kids 15-17 years old do not go to school. Kids drop out because of the low quality of public education, violence in schools, drugs, sex abuse and bullying.

CHMX has historically only provided classes through the 9th grade. Even though we have tracked our students as they attended other high schools, it has been a challenge to keep students engaged.

However, thanks to the generosity of many donors, that all changed in August, 2016.

We are excited to announce that we have officially moved to our new, larger school facility, allowing us to open a high school for our kids and complete the Christel House model. More important than realizing our dream, is our ability to fulfill the dreams of our Christel House students.

One of those dreamers is Mónica, who joined Christel House in 1st grade. After completing Grade 9 with us, she enrolled in a local public high school.

There, she quickly found a very different situation than the one she knew at Christel House.

At her new high school, she encounter a lot of violence. Students didn´t have a sense of responsibility, values or vision for their life, and teachers simply failed to show up for class.

She was very disappointed and began to lose hope for a bright future.

When she learned about the opening of the high school at CHMX, she was eager to become a “Christel Houser” once again. Mónica made the decision to reenroll at CHMX, despite the fact that she would have to repeat the 10th grade. Ultimately, she knew Christel House would provide her the support she needed to succeed.

Mónica told us what having a CHMX high school means to her: “Christel House has been really important in my life.  When I enrolled at another high school, I realized that I had a different mindset than my peers. CHMX is a place where excellence gives you the opportunity to give the best of you and make your dreams come true, it is truly a family.”

Your support of Christel House is helping to change the life stories of students like Mónica and making dreams come true.

Monica at her 9th Grade Graduation
Monica at her 9th Grade Graduation
New Christel House Mexico Building
New Christel House Mexico Building

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New Christel House Mexico building
New Christel House Mexico building

We have some exciting news to share. Christel House Mexico is moving to a new campus that will include a much needed high school.

On a trip to Mexico City in 1998, Christel DeHaan quickly realized that impoverished children need more than clothes and food. They need tools to help them break the cycle of poverty. Later that year, the first Christel House learning center opened in Mexico City.

Christel House Mexico, which now serves more than 400 students in grades 1–9, has outgrown its urban campus. Soon, it will move to a new facility in Tacubaya, Mexico. The new space will include bigger classrooms, sports and recreation areas, green space, better transportation access, and—most importantly—room for a much-needed high school.

Refurbishment of the school is in its final phase and the new facility will be ready for the start of school on August 15. The new building will allow us to have a greater impact, adding grades 10–12, and better serve our current students.

Your support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios’ is helping to make this move possible and giving impoverished girls the opportunity for a brighter future. Thank you.

New Christel House Mexico school
New Christel House Mexico school
New Christel House Mexico school
New Christel House Mexico school

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Camila, Christel House Mexico 2nd grade student
Camila, Christel House Mexico 2nd grade student

Camila is a second grade student at Christel House Mexico. She lives with her mother and sister in a shared house. Her mother works selling goods on the roadside in Mexico City. The community where Camila lives is extremely impoverished and violence is prevalent. “Sometimes there is danger in my community. There is a lot of theft. People are held up and robbed. Criminals are watching all the time to steal,” she said.

Camila started at Christel House Mexico in first grade, and she loves her school. “Christel House helps my family in breaking the cycle of poverty,” she said. She enjoys learning English and computer skills, which she wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn at the local public school. She especially loves the art classes at Christel House. “They give us all the paint and crayons to do the drawings,” she shares.

In 7-year-old fashion, when asked about her dreams for the future, Camila said, “I want to be a doctor, teacher and police officer.” Your support is giving students, like Camila, the opportunity to dream. To all the people that support Christel House Mexico, she wanted to share, “Thank you for all the support. Thank you for the education you are giving to us and for the teachers you provide.”

Please know that your investment is making a difference in the lives of our students. Filanthrofilia, a well-recognized agency that certifies Mexico’s NGOs, recently awarded Christel House Mexico the highest score it has ever given. In a study that they conducted, they found that for every peso donated to Christel House Mexico, $3.30 pesos are generated to benefit Mexican society over the course of one year. You are helping our students break the cycle of poverty and make a significant impact in their communities. Thank you.

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Christel House International

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
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Bobbi Bosch
Mexico City, Mexico
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