As the world continues to grapple with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 crisis, Christel House South Africa's primary focus right now is to help our vulnerable students and their families during the national lockdown.
With the help of generous donors, we have been able to provide a small stipend for food and other essentials to 166 of our most needy Christel House families. They received their first stipend in early April and the thank you’s have streamed in ever since. However, as the lockdown continues, more and more families are reaching their breaking point. Communities are becoming restless and volatile and many of our parents have lost their jobs - and thus their only income. This means that in time, our students will begin to suffer. We need to spread the net of support further to reach and support as many families as we can in the coming months.
Help us to support additional families who are in critical need right now. With your donations, we are hoping to provide 300 needy families with a small stipend for an extended period, as we realise that the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt long after the lockdown is lifted. Families will use the stipend to purchase basic food supplies for their household and to assist their children to continue to learn during this crisis.
Your donation will go directly to these vulnerable families and you will be actively ensuring that our children and their families have the food and resources they desperately need.
Please note that all South African donors will receive Section 18A tax certificates and businesses can also earn BEE points for their contributions.
About Christel House South Africa
Christel House South Africa is a non-profit school with a single mission: to break the cycle of poverty. We offer no-fee scholarships to students from some of Cape Town’s poorest neighbourhoods and support them for 18 years (Grade R to Grade 12 and five years post matric) through character-based and career focused education. Our beneficiaries include 750 students from grade R to 12, 250+ post-matric students and more than 3000 parents and other members of the communities we serve.
The main criterion for admission to Christel House is not evidence of talent – but evidence of poverty, one measure of which is a maximum average income of R1,500 per household member per month. Key aspects of our model include poverty mitigation services in the form of daily transport to school and back, professional health care, nutritious meals, psychosocial counselling, family assistance and college and careers planning and support.
We are justifiably proud of our 99% matric pass rate since inception and that 93% of our alumni are studying, working or both. In doing so, we transform the lives of our students and help to build self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
To donate to Christel House SA once-off or monthly, visit sa.christelhouse.org/donate
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