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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, International, International Development, Youth Development Programs

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).

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I started a monthly contribution to Christel House after reading their mission statement on Charity Navigator. I visited the school in Indianapolis and was very impressed with the school and the students. Each class has a designated greeter for the day who looked each of us in the eye. shook our hand and told us what the class was doing that day. I feel that only thru quality education for all can our country and the world get along together. Christel House is a wonderful example in promoting this concept.

Review from CharityNavigator


Rating: 5

My husband and I have visited Christel House schools in Indianapolis, Mexico City and India. In all cases it was a humbling experience to see how children from the poorest of circumstances are helped by education, nutritional and medical care that otherwise would not possible. To witness children from the same neighborhoods be physically shorter because of lack of nutrition and care and to watch parents who benefit from Christel House parental outreach to improve their lives and their families is wonderful.

I could not recommend more highly the work being done by Christel House and the excellent financial stewardship shown in their operation to keep this charity growing and changing lives.

Review from CharityNavigator


Rating: 5

I believe the Christel House is the epitome of what a charitable organization should be--a group that is transforming the lives of both those who need a hand and those who are able to help. Year after year the Christel House team has proven through their passion and commitment that the health and education of the children is their unwavering priority. Having visited both the Indianapolis Academy and the Mexico City school, I can testify that these under-privileged students are being given opportunities to change their lives in ways that would not happen without Christel House. Each donation that I make is money well spent as I know that it helps children in need to prepare themselves to contribute to our global society.

Review from CharityNavigator