“Education is the most powerful tool that can be used to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

Dhanush GDhanush G., Student, Christel House India, Class of 2013

10 years ago I started my journey with Christel House India (CHI) in the 3rd Grade. I had the opportunity to grow with Christel House from a sapling to a big tree. Christel House provided a safe haven and a holistic education to hundreds of students like me.

I get to take home with me memories of my happy and carefree childhood at CHI- playing football, despite the scorching sun or heavy rain; adding color to my ideas on canvas, and singing off-key in music class.

Sometimes, I wonder what my life would have been without Christel House. Maybe I would have been an ordinary person studying in an ordinary school, but CHI has given me the gift of education and nurtured me to become the kind of person who will go on to make a difference in the world. CHI has given me the confidence to know that not only will I be able to provide for my family, but also be able to provide for many like me in the near future.

On this day my friends and I embark upon a journey to scale great heights in our lives, I have to thank Christel Ma’am for letting me be a part of her family all these years. I know the value of what she has given me; I promise to cherish it and live up to the high standards CHI has taught me to live by. She has shown me the right path; I will walk along it diligently and bring glory to my school.

I take this opportunity to thank all my teachers, for their support and dedication in helping me traverse this path. I was pliable clay that you shaped into a complete person. I end my speech with the words of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. This is a message to my friends- “Live as if you were to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever.”

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