Children born into poverty often face a lifetime of physical and psychological trauma and almost always remain trapped there, unless significant interventions occur. Christel House South Africa, a non-profit school, works towards breaking the cycle of poverty by providing its 1000+ students from Cape Town’s most underserved communities, with a no-fee, 18-year scholarship.
From Grade R to five years post-matric, the school focuses on transforming its students’ lives through character-based and career-focused education, complemented by support services, including daily transport, professional health care, nutritious meals, and psychosocial counseling and college and careers support. Once students have graduated high school (matric), the school supports its alumni for an additional five years to complete their tertiary education and find gainful employment. With a 99% matric pass rate since inception and 93% of its alumni studying, working, or both, Christel House successfully transforms its students’ lives.