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.