Christel House Week Kick Off – Meet the amazing children of Christel House!

GeoffToday is the official kick off of Christel House Week on the RCI® blog – my favorite week of content each year! 

For those of you who don’t know, Christel House is an amazing non-profit organization started by RCI’s co-founder, Christel DeHaan.  Through this wonderful charity, Christel House provides thousands of some of the world’s poorest children with an education and a chance to transform their lives for the better. 

This week, to help bring Christel House to life, we will be featuring several videos from Christel House India in place of blog posts. In these videos - the first of which will be posted later today - you’ll meet one of the Christel House students as well as school staff.  We encourage you to watch each video to learn more. And if you are moved to do so, you can donate to the organization here RCI will match all donations made by RCI subscribing members through Dec. 31, 2013 up to $25,000.

When Christel DeHaan founded RCI almost 40 years ago, she established a culture of giving back to the communities in which we do business. Today, we are proud to continue that tradition through the non-profit she created, and in the name of the thousands of Christel House children who represent the future for us all.  Thank you for your support and RCI membership.

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RCI is proud to support Christel House

Geoff Ballotti, Chief Executive Officer, RCI

By now, you’re likely familiar with Christel DeHaan and her wonderful charity, Christel House, that helps break the cycle of poverty by giving impoverished children and their families something that we all take for granted: education. You’ve heard stories of children who have gone through the program and come out to be successful and happy, and to share their successes with their communities. You’ve heard about how Christel has helped families by providing healthcare, counseling and job training opportunities. But, how does she do it? How is one person able to help so many?


If you ask Christel, she’ll tell you, “Poverty is an immense problem in our world. No single person can solve it alone.” And she’s right. Christel thinks of the children, now over 3,300 in the program, as her own. That’s why she continues to fund the efforts with her own money, and the generous donations of people like you. In fact, 100% of the donations she receives directly benefit those children and support their hard work to make a better future for themselves. That’s one of the best things about donating to Christel House – you can go here and see exactly what your donation will cover and who it can help.


Christel House has helped transform the lives of many children around the world. I’m honored and humbled to be so close to such a fantastic organization, and to its founder. I’ve met a lot of these children in person, and the drive and passion they demonstrate is absolutely moving. I encourage you to learn a little more about Christel House for yourself. Check out

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