About us

About Us

Christel House is a non-profit school based in Ottery, Cape Town. Christel House pupils are from the surrounding settlements and all experience a life of abject poverty.

Many experience lives affected by social hazards such as violence, gangsterism, abuse and drugs. These challenges are difficult—but every day our pupils come to school, to learn, to gain values and 'grit' needed to succeed when coming from such environments.

Christel House is a place where aspirations and dreams can become a reality.

M i s s i o n
Transform lives by providing impoverished children with education, nutrition, health care and a nurturing environment, and by empowering their families and communities through outreach services.

V i  s i o n
Helping children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realise their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient contributing members of society



Take a moment to watch a day in the Life of a Christel House learner



























The Christel House Model works

Each and every child at Christel House is given an opportunity to reach for the stars, to become active and contributing citizens, and ready for the 21st century workplace.

As learners from Grade R to Grade 12 journey through school, they are supported by daily nutritional meals, regular health checks, quality education and holistic programmes, transport to and from school, counsellors and social workers on hand, school uniforms and learning materials, college and career guidance. These are the necessities to break the poverty cycle.


Quality Education:
Every Christel House pupil is in dire need and has been awarded a scholarship (part or full). Staff and teachers are committed to providing a holistic education from Grade R, inclusive of sport, art, music and technology.

School buses operate daily to bring pupils to and from school. Pupils come from the surrounding areas including Langa, Hanover Park & Phillipi. A school bus offers safe and reliable transportation as well as regular attendance at school.

Nutritional Meals:
On a daily basis, all pupils receive a nutritional meal for breakfast and lunch, and snacks during the day. Our partner Fedics provide staff to prepare meals, whilst we raise the funds for the cost of food supplies.

Health Care & Social Services:
Living with social hazards such as drugs, crime, unemployment, and a lack of basic needs is no easy task. A social worker, counsellor and nurse are on hand for regular health care and support.

School Uniforms & Supplies:
Every pupil is provided with school uniforms, shoes, books and school supplies.

Learning Support:
Often pupils begin Grade R with little or no English skills and are developmentally behind. Extra assistance and support is provided by a specialist teacher.

College & Career Programme:
Career guidance is offered to all pupils as they journey through to matric and beyond. Graduates receive the necessary support to identify professions, select/apply to university or purse their career aspirations. Skill based workshops, training opportunities and job placements are also made available.

Outreach and Community Upliftment:
Aided through skills-based and informative workshops for parents and the community, to encourage economic development.

'Giving back'
Is an important facet of the Christel House model. Parents assist in many ways through volunteering at the school and assisting with community-service projects, such as knitting blankets. Service Learning is an integral part of the curriculum and pupils also play their part to help the community.







The Impact

  • 100% matric pass rate since inception

  • 95% of Christel House graduates are employed, at university or doing both

  • 98% attendance rate amongst learners and teachers

  • 83% Bachelor pass rate (2015) giving 5 out of every 6 learners the opportunity to go to university.


Christel House is supported by donors, partners and volunteers who make valuable contributions that help children in dire need ; providing the opportunity to achieve a life outside of poverty.

100% of your gift directly benefits the life of a child at Christel House. All general & administrative costs are covered by the founder.

At Christel House, breaking the cycle of poverty means " transforming lives 360 degrees ". You can help a child from as little as -

  • R        5.00     for a nutritious breakfast
  • R      20.00     for a full meal
  • R      80.00     towards health
  • R    150.00     for a pair of shoes
  • R    240.00     for a full school uniform
  • R    360.00     towards their education


  • support a learner for the year    :     R  43 207.00   towards the holistic programme costs


  • Any amount towards programmes and services.

Tax & BEE Benefits

  • A Section 18A Tax Certificate will be issued for the donated amount.
  • South African companies will also receive points towards their BBBEE status, as our we hold a Level 2 Certificate (all beneficiaries are 100% black according to the BBBEE Codes of Good Practice 2007)



Christel House South Africa is -

Proudly Level 2 B-BBEE and committed to the transformation of the South African economic situation; a responsibility of each and every one of us.

Companies, big and small, can benefit by being a part of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE); and help break the cycle of poverty, by partnering with Christel House.

We strive for sustainable transformation for our children, their families and their communities. Qualifying for B-BBEE points is as easy as a gift or cash donation or providing your professional services pro bono to our beneficiaries, of which they are 100% black according to the Codes of Good Practice.

Your Business has the opportunity to choose from 3 scorecard categories...   click here to find out more.




B a n k i n g   D e t a i l s

Bank               :            Nedbank
Account Name:            Christel House South Africa
Account Type  :            Money Market Investment (or Current)
Account #        :            1047 039 117
Branch Code   :            104 709
Branch            :             Pinelands
Swift Code      :             NEDSZAJJ

Worldwide Donors

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