The Charis Project was founded by Aaron, Carrien and Wayland Blue. It started in Thailand in 2008 where Wayland came into contact with a group of indigenous families who were caring for some of the overwhelming number of orphaned children fleeing Burma into Thailand. These amounted to a spontaneous network of children’s homes that sprang up as families added more abandoned or orphaned children to their number. They began fundraising to support these families who were eeking out the little food they had in order to feed and protect so many extra children.
They quickly realized that simply raising funds to care for children at risk was only treating a symptom of the problem without addressing the poverty and social disintegration that causes children to be at risk in the first place. So they began working with the children's home to implement businesses that could provide the home income and transform the communities they were in. That developed into today's vision to create a replicable orphan care model that would be financially self sustaining, transform impoverished communities, and provide a family atmosphere for the children which trained and empowered them to become entrepreneurs.
To date, The Charis Project has housed, fed, educated, provided medical care for, and protected 60+ at-risk refugee children plus the volunteer workers who help care for them.