We at the Charis Project see a generation of children lifted out of poverty into freedom and dignity who will shape our global future.
What if a family never had to consider abandoning a child because they could not feed everyone? Instead, what if that family was equipped with the freedom, dignity, character, attitude and skills to run a business that also built up other members of the community through employment and training? And, what if a network of these empowered families raised the quality of life for an entire region?What if
Most orphan care systems do not address the root problem.
We are focused on changing the environment that puts families and children at risk.
Teach a child to be an ENTREPRENEUR and they transform their community for generations to come.
The Charis Project is not only aiming to produce a hard-working, competent workforce. Our steadfast goal is to raise up forward-thinking children who are educated to:
In addition to providing these children with aid, we endeavour to equip them with the tools to transform the economic and social circumstances that cause them to be at risk in the first place.How we make a lasting impact
The best way to protect and care for children is to support birth families. Where economic circumstance makes child abandonment a heartbreakingly common occurrence we are giving families the tools they need to stay together and thrive.
Partnering with families who have sound business sense, and working with them to see it succeed. These families begin to prosper almost immediately because of their new ability to build their own business.See the community model
What about kids who have already been taken to an orphanage?
But, what if by helping the orphanage to provide for itself, we could be a model of financial independence and innovation to the community, a resource to these children’s extended families, and a catalyst for getting kids out of orphanages and back into families?
Our goal is to raise up, out of poverty, a generation of socially conscious entrepreneurs who will change the world, who will change their world - regardless of their start in life. We aim to establish financial sustainability in residential homes for at-risk children and sustainable support structures for their families that transform entire communities.How it works
In the migrant camps and villages on the Thai/Burma border, families are living so closely
with hunger and poverty that they are on the verge of being torn apart by it.
Rather than granting us privilege, the gifts we have all received give us the responsibility to leave this world better than we found it.
Aaron and Carrien Blue founded The Charis Project in 2008. They live in Thailand with their 5 children and work with hill tribe and migrant communities to support families and children in crisis and to find lasting solutions to the problems these communities face.