Christel DeHaan, the 76-year-old founder of @ChirstelHouse has a brilliant way to provide children with a holistic growth that’s a sure shot way to #EndPoverty cycle in a family. Thanks to @UN @ECOSOC @IIB @wfyi @AgriNovusIN @GerryDick @JeremyIndy1

It isn’t uncommon for entrepreneurs to be philanthropists. They run some of the world’s largest charitable organisations. But it isn’t often that you find someone who sells their multi-million dollar business and sets up a nonprofit that works to eradicate poverty with the money.

But it isn’t often that you find someone who sells their multi-million dollar business and sets up a nonprofit that works to eradicate poverty with the money.

That’s the story of Christel DeHaan, the 76-year-old founder of Christel House. Over the past two decades, she built an exemplary school for underprivileged children across the world.
Christel was born in Germany right at the end of World War II. Growing up in war-torn Germany, she was all too familiar with poverty. She left to the UK when she was 16 to work as a nanny. Shortly after, she moved to Indianapolis, USA, where she found a place to call home.

The trip that changed her life

In 1973, Christel and her husband set up Resort Condominiums International. The venture went on to become the world’s largest vacation exchange provider. In 1996, she sold the company for a whopping $360 million.
Two years later, on a trip to Mexico, Christel’s life took a sharp turn. While visiting some of their orphanages, she saw that childrenwere warehoused in crowded dormitories. There was no electricity in most orphanages. The residents had to gather water from a cistern. Kids had to walk long distances to school each day because the school buses were broken.
Being no stranger to destitute conditions herself, Christel knew that a fat cheque would not solve the problem of poverty. These children and communities needed more than money. They needed a system of change. They needed an organisation that educated and empowered them. So she set out with a new mission–to build that organisation.
With her sharp mind and business acumen, it wasn’t hard for her to see the root of the problem. Her long-term plan was an institute that gave education, nutrition, health checkups, and general awareness to poor communities. This was how she established Christel House.

An organisation that changed thousands of lives

Christel DeHaan at Christel House in Bangalore.
Source: Huffpost India
Christel House was first set up in Indiana, USA and went on to have centres in Mexico, India and South Africa. Setting up centresinternationally could have been tricky, but Christel leveraged her knowledge from running RCI to gain pace.
She aimed for regions that had high levels of poverty, easy-to-work-with tax and legal structures, and available resources. This was her way of giving back to countries that served her well during her days running RCI.
She would build a system that fought poverty with education. But education alone was not enough. The mission was to provide children with a holistic growth for at least 20 years. ‘The multiplier effect’, as she calls it, was a sure shot way to break the cycle of poverty in a family.
Christel House educates kids till high school. During this time, they give their students two nutritious meals a day, regular health checkups, and needed medical care.
Upon graduation, they provide counselling and financial help for college and job placements. They instil values of compassion and service within their children and many of them go on to serve the community as they grow older.

A way forward from poverty

Christel House provides education and holistic growth for poor kids across the world.
Source: christelhouse.org
Christel thinks of the organisation as a joint venture between her and those who donate to help them. She covers all the administrative costs of the international organisation, which has been an average of $5.7 million each year. She ensures that whatever the donors give, goes directly towards helping the children.
Until the age of 75, she worked long hours, including weekends.She visited all the Christel House locations every year, which spanned across four continents. There was a lot to be done and she was always on top of it.
In October 2018, she decided to step down as the CEO of Christel House. She continues to serve on the board while the CEO is now Bard Peterson, former mayor of Indianapolis. Christel trusts that she’s left her legacy in the right hands, under the care of someone who understands her vision of excellence for all.


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#EndPoverty Campaign run by @saverango on the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Today! While observing International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, saverango organized a “Slogan Writing Competition” at a Modern Madarsa, Hapur, aiming to aware the community people about International Day.

Fifty Students participated in the program, students wrote the slogans in four languages (Hindi, English, Urdu and Arabic) and Prizes were distributed to the winners by the organization @saverango to motivate the children.

Poverty is a violation of human rights and we all need to come together to ensure that these rights are respected. Join us on 17 October for the Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. #EndPoverty #EndHunger #StandUp4HumanRights

Theme — Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski — which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty — and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere – United Nations Sustainable Development.

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Background :

Joseph Wresinski was one of the first persons to highlight this direct link between human rights and extreme poverty. In February 1987, he appealed to the Human Rights Commission to examine the question of extreme poverty and human rights and eloquently captured the nexus between human rights and extreme poverty with his profound observation:

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.

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Join us on 17 October for the Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. #EndPoverty #EndHunger #StandUp4HumanRights

Theme — Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on October 17 each year since 1993. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski — which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty — and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere – United Nations Sustainable Development.

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. Social protection systems need to be implemented to help alleviate the suffering of disaster-prone countries and provide support in the face of great economic risks. These systems will help strengthen responses by afflicted populations to unexpected economic losses during disasters and will eventually help to end extreme poverty in the most impoverished areas.

Facts and Figures:

783 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day;

In 2016, almost 10 per cent of the world’s workers live with their families on less than US$1.90 per person per day;

Globally, there are 122 women aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty for every 100 men of the same age group;

Most people living below the poverty line belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa;

High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries ;
One in four children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age ;
As of 2016, only 45% of the world’s population were effectively covered by at least one social protection cash benefit ;
In 2017, economic losses due to disasters, including three major hurricanes in the USA and the Caribbean, were estimated at over $300 billion.

Source :- https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/poverty/

Background :

Joseph Wresinski was one of the first persons to highlight this direct link between human rights and extreme poverty. In February 1987, he appealed to the Human Rights Commission to examine the question of extreme poverty and human rights and eloquently captured the nexus between human rights and extreme poverty with his profound observation:

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to recall the fundamental connection between extreme poverty and human rights, and that people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by many human rights violations.

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