Christel House International

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Christel House International is a registered, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for assisting impoverished children. It operates two learning centers in India, one in Mexico, one in South Africa, four schools in the United States, and coming soon August 2019 is the new Christel House in Jamaica.[1]


Students from Christel House Internation

Christel House's vision is to give children who are living in impoverished areas the opportunity they lack by focusing on the whole child not just their education. Christel House helps it's students with educational, nutritional, health care, character development, college & career, and community outreach programs.

Each Christel House learning center is specially designed to aid unprivileged children in breaking out of the cycle of poverty, and help them become independent, supportive members of society.[2]


Christel House was founded in 1998 by Christel DeHaan. It opened five learning centers from 1999 to 2002. Christel House provides education, healthcare, meals, and other assistance to over 4,600 children globally.[3]

Christel DeHaan started Christel House schools after visiting two orphanages in Mexico in 1998. Dehaan was so moved by her experience in those visits that she than founded the first Christel House in Mexico City. The experience taught her that without a well structured intervention to address the systematic cause behind all the poverty, the cycle will continue to the next generations.

Dehaan's philosophy has been since the start, “To care, to share and to make a difference.” The model Christel House works with was designed to break the cycle of poverty, and the ending results always show this models works as planned.[4]


Christel House Academies Indianapolis, United States

  • Serve 1,345 students in total
  • Achieved a 70% year-to-year grade K-12 students retention rate in the 2015-2016 school year
  • Achieved a 96% student attendance rate in 2015-2016 school year

Christel House India - Bangalore, Lavasa & Naya Raipur

  • Serve 1,858 students in total
  • Achieved a 97% year-to-year K-12 students retention rate in the 2015 - 2016 school year.
  • Achieved a 97% student attendance rate in 2015 - 2016 school year.

Christel House Mexico - Mexico City

  • Serve 657 students in total
  • Achieved a 94% year-to-year grade 1-9 student retention rate in the 2015-2016 school year
  • Achieved a 96% student attendance rate in 2015-2016 school year

Christel House South Africa - Cape Town

  • Serves 973 students in total
  • Achieved a 97% year-to-year grad K-12 student retention rate in the 2015-2016 school year
  • Achieved a 98% student attendance rate in 2015-2016 school year.

Christel House Jamaica is scheduled to open in August 2019[5]


Christel House is one of the 270 organizations that have been recognized by GiveIndia.[6]

For nine years straight (2009-2016) 100% of Christel House South Africa (CHSA) graduating classes have passed the National Senior Certificate exam. The 2017 CHSA class pass rate was 97.8% which exceeded the national average of 75.1%. [7]

To gain hands-on business experience, each summer two or three CHMX students are given the opportunity to intern with International Cruise & Excursions (ICE). Typically the students who obtain this internship are pursuing a university degree.[8]

In 2017 Inter-American Development Bank identified CHMX as a "Latin American Innovative School".[9]

In 2017, CHAS was recognized by for its well-done work in using character development to influence a positive impact on academics and behavior.[10]

In 2016, College for Every Student (CFES) named CHAS as a "School of Distinction" for "creating high levels of college and carer readiness and raising aspirations among their students". CFES recognized CHAS for its work of providing valuable career guidance to students.[11]

In 2013, The Robert K. Greenleaf Center recognized Christel House Academy with the Indiana Achievement Awards (IAA) for its effectiveness in their exemplary practices. [12]

Growthpoint Properties a very successful international property company honored a Christel House South Africa 12th grader, Lauren D. with her first scholarship through Growsmart.[13]

NASSP a leading organization that links school leaders through various programs, redesignated CHAS as a breakthrough school in 2017.[14]


  1. ^ International, Christel House. "Christel House Expanding to Jamaica". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  2. ^ "DeHaan, 74, still pumping massive cash, countless hours into charity". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  3. ^ "2015 annual report by Christel House". 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Christel DeHaan". Immigrant Entrepreneurship. German Historical Institute. 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  5. ^ "2016 Annual Report - Christel House". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Donate to Christel House India Online via GiveIndia". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  7. ^ CGTN Africa (2018-01-06), Nearly half a million South African youth pass their final high school exam, retrieved 2018-01-29 
  8. ^ "ICE Bridges the Gap for Christel House Mexico Graduates". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  9. ^ "Mexico recognized as an innovative school". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  10. ^ "2017 State Schools of Character |". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  11. ^ "News - College For Every Student". Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  12. ^ "Christel House Academy honored with Indiana Achievement Award". PRWeb. Retrieved 2018-01-22. 
  13. ^ "South Africa student awarded first Bursary Award". GlobalGiving. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 
  14. ^ "Breakthrough Schools | NASSP". Retrieved 2018-02-06. 

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