Children
 India
Project #7448

Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums

by Christel House International
Ancy Joy - 2012 Christel House Graduate
Ancy Joy - 2012 Christel House Graduate

Years ago, Ancy sat crying in the principal’s office. She, her siblings and her mother had not eaten anything all weekend. Ancy’s father had deserted the family, leaving them with nothing. Christel House provided nutritional support for Ancy, but she did not want to eat at school while her mother starved at home. Christel House social workers quickly intervened.

Though her family struggled, Ancy was motivated to achieve, become independent and improve her family situation. In 2012, she graduated from the 12th grade at Christel House India and is now studying computer science at Kristu Jayanti College where she is at the top of her class. Her goal is to join the Indian Air Force and become a pilot. Ancy gives credit to Christel House for where she is today.

 For a young girl growing up in India, the future is bleak. Nationally, 45% of females cannot even read or write. Only 15% of students in India ever reach high school and only 7% graduate – those born to impoverished families are usually not among them. Christel House works to break the cycle of poverty for these young girls. Our goal is to help more girls like Ancy overcome barriers and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. We are so proud of Ancy for her hard work, dedication and determination.

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Christel House India 2013 Graduating Class
Christel House India 2013 Graduating Class

Meet the Christel House India 2013 graduating class. We could not be more proud of our students. Each one of these students has overcome immense obstacles to reach this great achievement. Along with facing academic challenges, they have also fought through hunger, family loss, fear, abuse, abandonment, and homelessness. They have triumphed.

With your support, we can continue to help even more students break the barriers of poverty and defeat the odds.

And on Wednesday, your contribution can go even further.

Global Giving is holding a Bonus Day this Wednesday, March 13th. They will provide a 30% match on every gift made to Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums -- up to $1,000. This means that you can have an even greater impact.

We greatly appreciate your continued support of Christel House India.

There is $50,000 available. Matching begins at 9am EST and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 p.m.

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Student Eating at Christel House India
Student Eating at Christel House India

Every year, Christel House India enrolls a new kindergarten class. It is so exciting to see the children reacting to many new sights and experiences. Like other children entering kindergarten, Christel House students begin to learn their colors, numbers and ABC’s. Unlike other children, however, they also must learn how to use a real toilet, how to shower and how to hold a fork, as these are experiences they have never had the luxury of learning. During their first few weeks of school, students often stuff their pockets full of food when provided lunch in the cafeteria; they have never seen so much food in their lives and want to bring it home for their families to eat as well.

While many of us this holiday season, will worry about what we are going to make for Christmas dinner, buy for our spouse’s second cousin, or wear to our company party, many Christel House children will continue to worry about whether there will be anything to eat for dinner, if they will sleep on the lumpy mattress or the dirt floor, or whether anyone in the family will have too much to drink and come home to beat them.

No child should be in constant concern over his or her safety or basic needs. They should be concerned with learning how to read, write, give and share.

Our mission at Christel House is to help these kids, families, and future generations escape their lives of poverty… forever.

 We can’t do this without your help.  This month, Global Giving has introduced a matching program for all Recurring Gifts. This means that if you make a pledge in December to give a small monthly donation to Christel House every month, Global Giving will match this amount in December, doubling your contribution and impact at this important time of the year.

Would you consider making a year-end gift or a year-long pledge this giving season? Any amount, big or small, can make a tremendous difference.

Give. Transform a life.

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Roohi Nayaz - Christel House India Student
Roohi Nayaz - Christel House India Student

Roohi Nayaz (Grade 10)

WHAT DOES CHRISTEL HOUSE INDIA (CHI) MEAN TO YOU?

Christel House India plays an important role in my life. It is like a life giving opportunity where children of weaker sections in society with no dreams are given an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. CHI is the first step to fulfill my dreams. CHI is a wonderful organization to be a part of.

WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR FAMILY SINCE YOU STARTED ATTENDING CHI?

I have been a student of CHI from 2001. It has brought many changes in my life and my family too. It has taken care of me and my family. It has not only laid a foundation for me, but also for my two sisters who are studying here at CHI.

WHAT WOULD YOUR FUTURE BE LIKE IF YOU DIDN’T ATTEND CHI?

I can’t imagine my life without CHI. In today’s world, education plays an important role. An illiterate person will find it very difficult to survive. If I did not attend CHI, I would be uneducated and struggle to meet my everyday needs.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR FUTURE NOW?

I want to become a software engineer. I want to serve my school and help it in the same way it has helped me. I want to give back to my community. I want to bring my family out of poverty. This is the main goal of my life.

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2012 Christel House India Graduating Class
2012 Christel House India Graduating Class

Padmini Kashi (class of 2012)

More often than not, Padmini lacked basic necessities growing up.  Her father’s job as a driver provided a meager source of income to support Padmini, her mother who suffers from a long-term illness, and two other family members.  If not for Christel House, she faced an uncertain future.

At Christel House India, Padmini experienced a whole new world.  She received two nutritious meals each day, emotional and psychological support, health care, and an educational environment that helped her learn and grow.  Throughout her years at Christel House India, Padmini was an extremely dedicated student and set high expectations for herself, including pursuing higher education after graduation.

She passed her grade 10 state exam with flying colors and determined to study commerce during her final two years of high school. Through her hard work and commitment, Padmini graduated from Christel House India in 2012 near the top of her class.  She was one of 9 students (out of 80 who applied) to receive a generous scholarship from Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development and is studying Tourism at the Indira Gandhi National Open University.  Padmini will have the opportunity to join the staff of Oberoi upon her university graduation.

We are very proud of Padmini as she pursues and realizes her dreams!

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Organization Information

Christel House International

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.Christelhouse.org
Project Leader:
Bobbi Bosch
Indianapolis, Indiana United States