Photo Credit: Christel House

In an inspiring video by Christel House South Africa, we’re taken to school with a young student and get to see the awe of opportunity through his eyes. In the end, we get to see who real alumni became in achieving their own dreams thanks to the school!


Cape Town, South Africa (4 April 2023) — Mayizole isn’t like most students. For one, he really wants to be at school. In fact, he knows it as a place where he has opportunities and resources he doesn’t get at his home in Langa. After all, his is no ordinary school. It’s a no-fees, dreams welcome destination in Cape Town that understands the assignment for a tomorrow kids can count on.

Recently, Christel House South Africa decided to share a ‘day in the life’ of one of their students, and we think it’s a must-watch.

About Christel House South Africa

Christel House South Africa is a non-profit, no-fee school in Ottery, Cape Town that lays some pretty incredible groundwork for tomorrow’s dreamer.

Established in 2001, the school serves students from some of the most under-resourced communities on the Cape Flats by supporting them for 19 years (Grade RR to Grade 12 and five years post-school). The school enrols 840+ students on scholarships and provides structured post-school mentorship and support to 220+ alumni to ensure that they find gainful employment!

The school’s mission is to ensure that its graduates achieve upward economic mobility, demonstrate good citizenship, and are empowered to identify and realize their goals, dreams, and human potential. 

“Our video conveys the inspiration we see in our children and how focused they are to rise above their circumstances.The main criterion for admission to our school is not evidence of talent as we know that all children have tremendous potential, they just need a chance. At Christel House SA, they are encouraged to dream big and they excel spectacularly. Today, 93% of our graduates are gainfully employed, studying or doing both.” — CEO of Christel House SA, Adri Marais.

The school is tech-enabled, an official Microsoft Showcase school and provides Mayizole and his fellow students with access to programs like robotics, coding and droning. His dreams of becoming an engineer are possible because of the opportunities he receives at school.

“Mayizole represents so many of our young people who should be allowed to dream big – but without opportunity and agency, dreams remain just that. With the help of donors and friends and through our unique model, Christel House SA has already helped hundreds of students realise their dreams,” — Marais.

As for our video star:

“Making this video made me feel like I was doing something special. I had to show a day in my life and all the opportunities I receive at my school. I was nervous to be in the video as so many people would see it, but after seeing it, I feel proud and that anything is possible if I do my best.”—Mayizole.

To make a contribution to Christel House and lay a brick in the road of their student’s dreams, visit their website.

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Ashleigh Nefdt is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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