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.
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."