Educate a Poor Mexican Child

by Christel House International
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Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
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Educate a Poor Mexican Child
Educate a Poor Mexican Child
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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
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's home
The yellow brick wall by Esmeralda's home
Esmeralda's house
Esmeralda's house
Esmeralda at Christel House Mexico
Esmeralda at Christel House Mexico

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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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Aiko, Christel House Mexico Graduate
Aiko, Christel House Mexico Graduate

Aiko (far right) is a graduate of Christel House Mexico. She attended Christel House for six years and is now part of the Christel House College & Careers program.

Aiko lives with her parents, sister, nephew and grandfather in Mexico City, Mexico. The family relies primarily on government funding for support. Her mother is disabled due to brain surgery and her father tries to pick up odd jobs when they become available, but his work is very inconsistent.

Aiko is currently in her second year at college studying tourism. Her dream is to one day start her own company. In the summer of 2015, she was selected through the College & Careers Program for a six-week internship in Arizona at International Cruise & Excursions (I.C.E., Inc.), a global leisure and travel company. Aiko said “this opportunity is helping me in my future.”

Your support helps young girls at Christel House Mexico, like Aiko, overcome challenges, continue their education and pursue their dreams. Thank you for making an investment in our future.

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Danika, 2008 Graduate, Christel Hosue Mexico
Danika, 2008 Graduate, Christel Hosue Mexico

When Danika was only 6, her parents separated, and she was faced with the difficult decision of whether to live with her mother or father. After weighing her relationship with both, Danika decided life with her father would be more stable and supportive. The two live with Danika’s grandmother and uncle in a tiny dwelling where Danika shares a bedroom with her father, and her uncle sleeps on the sofa.

In 2008, Danika graduated from Christel House Mexico. Danika is now in her final year of university, where she’s studying to become a clinical psychologist. She plans to use her skills to help others find solutions to their problems.

“Because of Christel House, I’m in the best university in Mexico City—Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Christel House has provided me with opportunities to be a better student, a better psychologist and a better person,” she says. “When people tell me I’m successful, I think it is because I follow the four Christel House values—respect, responsibility, integrity and independence. For me, those are the basic rules to live a better life.”

Your support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios’ is helping young girls and women, like Danika, reach their full potential. Thank you for helping these students get the education they need for a brighter future.

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Flor, Christel House Mexico Student
Flor, Christel House Mexico Student

Imagine a sweet, ambitious 6-year-old girl growing up in the slums of Mexico City. That’s Flor. She’s a student at Christel House Mexico and is now in first grade. Flor is evidence that regardless of how young you are, you can make an impact on those around you. 

Flor’s grandmother, Miss Magdalena, is like a mother to her. Flor’s biological mom passed away the day she was born, and Miss Magdalena became Flor’s guardian. 

Miss Magdalena doesn’t know how to read or write. When she can’t help Flor with her studies, she knows she can count on a teacher at Christel House to mentor her granddaughter and keep her on track with her learning. 

According to her teachers, Flor is respectful, enthusiastic and eager to participate. Every day, she strives to improve and learn something new. She enjoys helping her teachers keep order in the classroom, and her peers say that class wouldn’t be the same without her. She excels in math and takes advantage of the opportunity to support her classmates. 

When Flor grows up, she wants to become a doctor. 

Your support of “Educate A Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios” helps Flor and Christel House students like her overcome difficulties and pursue their dreams—in the present and in the future. With your support, Flor has the opportunity to turn her love of math into a career in medicine. 

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Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
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