About Christel House
Christel House is a non-profit
school with a single mission: to break the cycle of poverty. Poverty touches
every aspect of a child’s life, determines their future and almost always
leaves them trapped in a spiral of unemployment and continued poverty.
Christel House offers no-fee
scholarships to students from some of the poorest neighbourhoods. These
students are supported for 18 years with a fully serviced, holistic education
that instils the development of character into everything they do.
Christel House operates eight
schools around the world with locations including India,
Mexico and America with a new centre to be opened in Jamaica in 2019. The
centre in Cape Town, which caters for Grade R - Grade 12, was established in 2002 and is the only centre in Africa.
As part of their holistic
18-year offering, Christel House instils strong character development ethics,
Professional health care
- Nutritious meals
- Psychosocial counselling
- Family assistance
- College and careers planning and support (up until five years after graduating)
Through this structured
approach they have achieved a spectacular 100% matric pass rate for the last
nine consecutive years (since their first Grade 12 class graduated in 2009).
Christel House is changing lives: Nontando Bonga’s story
Nontando’s one-room shack in
Cape Town’s Langa township was so tiny that her father and brother had to sleep
outside. “I started at Christel House when I was in Grade 3. I was a below
average student, could not speak English and was very shy. In 2009, I graduated
as the first ever valedictorian of our school. Christel House changed my life”.
Today, Nontando is a successful chemical engineer at Chevron Oil, married and
has started her own family.
Christel De Haan, who is RCI®'s founder, started
the first Christel House in 1998, in Mexico.
supports Christel House.
As a valued member/friend of
RCI® we ask that you help us in our mission to raise funds for
Christel House. Every contribution is welcome and appreciated.