Educate a Poor Mexican Child

by Christel House International
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Impact Lives this Holiday Season
Impact Lives this Holiday Season

We have some exciting news to share. Christel House Mexico is relocating to a larger facility. The learning center has outgrown its cramped, urban quarters, and is moving to a new building in a very impoverished township of Mexico City, Mexico.

Christel House Mexico, the first Christel House learning center, opened in 1998 and currently serves over 400 students in grades 1-9. The facility has been gridlocked on its current property, preventing additional expansion, despite the need. But now, thanks to a generous donor, the school is moving and growing. For the first time, the new school will include a pre-first grade, a much needed high school, and green space, including a soccer field and outdoor basketball courts. The new facility will allow Christel House Mexico to serve twice as many students and double our capacity to transform children’s lives.

Your support is helping us grow and impact more children’s lives. Together, we are breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.

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Akari, 9th grader at Christel House Mexico
Akari, 9th grader at Christel House Mexico

Akari, a 9th grader at Christel House Mexico, has been faced with significant obstacles to overcome in her 14 years. Not only has she overcome those obstacles, but she has gone on to accomplish even more significant achievements.

Akari lost her father in a car accident when she was four years old, and she now lives with her mother and sister. Her mother works as a domestic worker. The family rents a small house, which they live in and share one bathroom with five other families. Akari’s home life has presented her with many hardships, but attending Christel House has given her the determination and hope she needed to succeed.

Akari has attended Christel House since 1st grade, and math and English are her favorite subjects. Next year will be her first year of high school and aspires to study criminology in college.

Akari has an extremely bright future ahead of her. She has performed well academically, finishing 8th grade with 9.2 out of 10 point average.

She said that she has benefitted not only from the education that Christel House has provided her, but also from the emotional support she has received.

“When I was in 3rd grade, I was still mourning the death of my dad, and Christel House supported me with counseling to get over the loss of my dad,” Akari said. “Because of that, today I no longer suffer his death.”

Thank you for believing in our students and for helping them to overcome obstacles. Your support is making a tremendous difference.

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Maria (Lupita) Christel House Alum
Maria (Lupita) Christel House Alum

Maria – or Lupita, as many of her close friends call her – grew up in the Álvaro Obregón Barrio of Mexico City with her mother, father and younger brother. Maria attended Christel House Mexico for 10 years. As a child, she was quiet, but flourished during her years at Christel House, working hard at her studies and becoming fluent in English. As a teenager, she worked as a nanny and a waitress to help support her family, at times making only $1.50/hour.

Maria is now part of Christel House Mexico’s Work-Study program. She will be a junior this August, and is majoring in finance. Her dream is to one day own her own business and travel the world. “I have visions of growing professionally and meetings all my goals” she says. This summer, Maria will intern in the accounting department at I.C.E. Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ. She sees this opportunity as “one step toward having a great future.”

Christel House WORKS – and Maria is an outstanding example. She did not let poverty define her. It is because of the generosity of Christel House champions, like you, that Maria’s story is possible. Thank you for your continued support of ‘Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios.’ You are helping to transform lives.

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Maria "Fernanda" - 4th Grader at Christel House
Maria "Fernanda" - 4th Grader at Christel House

Maria “Fernanda” is a small ten year old girl with beautiful and expressive eyes. She is a very outgoing student, always telling jokes and making her friends laugh and smile – even in the tough moments.

Fernanda lives with her mother, father and two sisters. Her father is an alcoholic and her mother is unable to work because she spends most of her time caring for Fernanda’s little sister, Natalia, who suffers from dwarfism.

Fernanda has attended Christel House since she was in the 1st grade. Since joining the school, Fernanda’s teachers have seen a notable improvement in her efforts and academic performance. She is now a member of the school choir and is a part of the writers program where she produced an original book.

She greatly appreciates the kindness of her Christel House teachers, but has a particular bond with Miss Ingrid, the psychologist. “She showed me how special life is and how to control my emotions.”

When Fernanda grows up, she wants to be a comedian or a doctor in order to help her sister. “I want to be a comedian and artist, also a writer. I have it in my veins. I love making people laugh because in my house we are really funny.”

Because of supporters like you, Christel House is a place that girls, like Fernanda, can truly reach their potential. “In Christel House they taught me how to climb the mountain of success and I´m not going to get off of it.”

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Christel House Mexico Students
Christel House Mexico Students

BECAUSE OF YOU. . .

Since 2008, every single child who has attended Christel House Mexico through 9th grade passed the exam necessary to continue high school studies. 

Only about half of Mexico’s children finish 9th grade—and of those who do, half perform at the “insufficient” level on standardized testing.

Your support is making a difference. Thank you for helping in this transformative work. Christel House Founder, Christel DeHaan and Christel House students wanted to share their appreciation. Click here to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G67eDmda0F0

We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you for considering Christel House in your year-end giving.

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Christel House International

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