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
New Christel House Mexico Building