Project #7448

Educate an Indian Girl-Child from the Slums

by Christel House International
Geetha on her way to Christel House India
Geetha on her way to Christel House India

Christel House students often live in extremely unsafe environments. For example, Geetha is a bright 3rd grader at Christel House India - Bangalore. She lives with her family in an area that has been declared a slum by the government. Walking is dangerous. Bicycles are frequently stolen. Taxis rarely travel the areas where our students live—and even if they do, our families cannot afford cab fare.

According to the India National Crime Records Bureau, Bangalore has the second highest rate of crime against girls and women in India, including rape. These are the conditions our students must journey through on their way to and from school. But, the Christel House bus arrives every day to pick up Geetha and her classmates.

Transportation is a lifeline for our children and families trapped in poverty and crime that extends for miles. Every year, Christel House spends over $800,000 providing transportation to and from our schools in India, Mexico, South Africa and the United States. Without these buses, many students would never reach school because of the distance and danger.

Our children are motivated to do whatever it takes to break the cycle of poverty. Will you help drive them along this journey? Join us in an effort we are calling “DRIVEN TO SUCCEED,” and help us provide transportation to the students of Christel House.

$32 – Could provide roundtrip transportation for a bus full of students at Christel House India for a day

$79 – Could provide roundtrip transportation for a student at Christel House India for a year

$354 – Could provide roundtrip transportation for all 900 Christel House India students for a day


Christel House India Student
Christel House India Student


Last school year, 98% of students attending Christel House India graduated from 12th grade.  Many are continuing on to study at university, with dreams like becoming a doctor, joining the Indian Air Force, or getting a degree in engineering. 

In India, an estimated 46% of Indian girls are married by age 18 – many of them child brides.

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:

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


CHI graduates present a check to Christel DeHaan
CHI graduates present a check to Christel DeHaan

“To Care, To Share, To Make a Difference.”

Soundharya and all Christel House India (CHI) students have recited this mantra for many years, and in February Soundharya was part of a group of CHI graduates who put these words into action.

Soundharya began attending Christel House India in 2003. Her father was a construction worker and her mother worked as a sales clerk – both barely making ends meet. Fighting the odds, Soundharya went on to graduate from Christel House India and after high school was hired on for a 2 year apprenticeship training program at The Taj Hotel, a prestigious hotel in Bangalore. Despite finding the apprenticeship program extremely difficult, she persisted and was even offered a full time job at The Taj Hotel on MG Road, one of their most prestigious properties. Soundharya‘s salary is a great support to her family and, because of it, her younger sister can now go to college.

Supporting her family was not enough for Soundharya, however, she wanted to do more. In February, Soundharya and a group of her former classmates pooled their resources and presented a check to Founder, Christel DeHaan as a donation to Christel House. The students presented their donation during the school’s 2013 graduation ceremony to set an example for their younger classmates. The check was worth 24,700 Rupees – about $450 USD – a huge sum for these students.

When Founder, Christel DeHaan received the check, she was brought to tears by the student’s generosity and spirit of giving. She had seen the model of Christel House come full circle – students who had broken the cycle of poverty and were now giving back to help the next generation. 

Thank you for your support in making this possible - you are chaning lives.


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.


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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Christel House International

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
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Project Leader:
Bobbi Bosch
Indianapolis, Indiana United States

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