Mission: Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Results: With the combination of healthcare, nutrition, education and a loving environment, our students are graduating, breaking out of poverty and going on to work study positions and into colleges and universities.
Target demographics: We serve children that are the poorest of the poor in 6 countries around the world.
Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 3000
Geographic areas served: Mexico, India, South Africa, Venezuela, USA
Programs: The cornerstone of Christel House is its commitment to providing high quality K-12 academic programming and supporting its graduates as they pursue opportunities for higher education and/or vocational training. In 2008, Christel House served 2,433 with an extended school year of over 200 days and an extended school day of over eight hours. Nearly 72% of students performed at or above grade level in Mathematics and nearly 76% of students performed at or above grade level in Language Arts. The 2008 graduation rate was 86.6% and 95% of graduates participated in the Work-Study program (i.e. higher education and/or vocational training).
I saw lives being transformed forever at Christel House South Africa. Poverty creates despair, dependency, and wasted human potential. Interacting with students, families and teachers allowed me to see how the work being done at Christel House South Africa is counteracting the damaging effects of poverty. The children at Christel House are happy, confident, and focused on the future. The biggest impact came from the students who have matriculated to universities and are successfully working towards graduation and looking forward to starting their career. They can clearly articulate their future plans, the hard work they need to do, and their fears.