Project #14315

Educate a Mexico Girl-Child from the Barrios

by Christel House International
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


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.


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
The yellow brick wall by Esmeralda's home
Esmeralda's house
Esmeralda at Christel House Mexico
Esmeralda at Christel House Mexico


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.


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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Christel House International

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Bobbi Bosch
Mexico City, Mexico

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