This project will provide South African children with an opportunity to escape the poverty of squatter camps and townships through life-changing education, as well as regular health care, daily nutrition, and character / life skills development at Christel House South Africa.
Educational and economic Apartheid traps millions of South African youth. Half of all students drop out before finishing high school. Only 50% of black grads pass the critical "matric" exam, which determines university/ vocational school admission. "Coloureds" (mixed race) pass at 76%, but 99% of whites pass. Only 10% of graduates-all races-qualify for university, and although they make up 80% of the population, only 1 in 20 black students obtains a university degree. Education creates equality.
100% of Christel House graduates passed the matric exam; 77% qualified for university bursaries, but cannot afford the incidental expenses further studies require. We support their efforts with transportation, meals, supplies, workshops/ counseling.
When the disenfranchised are empowered, they will change their communities and countries. Although only 30-60 graduate each year, our students know they must make the world a better place, which in turn creates an exponential "multiplier effect."
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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