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Meet Ma Phyo – Program Graduate

Ma Phyo no longer receives nutrition support from The Charis Project. This is because she is now stronger physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially and ready to step forward to a better future for her children and family. "I always pray for you. And I want to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’m very happy because of your help. Every night I pray, I pray for you, for the people who have helped my family."

Debt Free and At Peace

In four short months they have mixed our help with their strength and are now debt free.
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The Village Savings and Loan Program

Quite often families facing emergencies are forced to borrow money from loan sharks at extremely high interest rates that can cripple a family with debt for years to come. Already, in the villages where the VSLA has been established, three families have been saved from needing to go to loan sharks to borrow money, at 20%/month.
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Do You Want My Baby?

Imagine how you would feel, living in a tiny bamboo hut on stilts, above a mosquito infested swamp/sewer, in a crowded village strewn with refuse, where you live at the mercy of the landlord, who is also your boss, barely able to feed the children you already have, to find out you were expecting another.
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Supporting Families Keeps Them Together

In another time or place, this mother could have been treated another way; she and her husband may have been pressured to give their child to a home where he might lay on a cot for hours, unattended. This is the worst side of the previous, institutional model of care for families in poverty. This is what The Charis Project seeks to prevent.
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How Paperwork can Transform Lives

We currently have 31 people on staff in Thailand. 10 Thai nationals, 16 Myanmar nationals, and 5 Americans. This team ranges from management and and board […]
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We have launched a new Thai National Foundation

Over the past 4 years, our projects and team has grown from 4 people to a team of 33 people from three different countries, speaking 12 different languages with 8 different projects directly engaging and helping over 150 families per month and ready to reach more. We had become too big to be a subsidiary of another foundation any longer.
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How Family is the School of Justice.

When men, women, and children live in families, they are experiencing justice and providing justice to others. This justice spreads, because as they gather in a community and the communities form the state, everyone has a stake in doing what is best for the least powerful among them and giving everyone his due, which is justice.
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A Family Almost Destroyed by Sickness

He had been sick for 4 months already, laying on a mat on the floor, wasting away. He never had the energy to get up and […]
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Bringing Hope

This process of supporting families is messy, and hard. Not all stories end well. Often we meet someone in need too late. We can’t undo the damage done to a baby by malnutrition or violence. But we walk with the parents through their current reality and provide support for the present situation. And we keep looking to identify those most at risk, to find them soon enough, to prevent what can so easily be prevented.
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The Part You Play

I have the huge honor and privilege of playing my little part in making this possible and it is really working.
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Fat Happy Babies!!!

"Before you started coming to our village, most of the babies born here were skinny, and cried all the time. The babies born since you started caring for these women are so different, they are fat, they don't cry as much, their mothers seem happier taking care of them and they know what to do when they are sick or fussy because you visit and help them learn."
Proud new mamas.

Change is Possible! – Rewriting patterns of violence

Household violence is common... Often I hear that it's nothing we can change. But that doesn't mean we stop trying.
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The data is in! Supporting mothers really makes a difference.

We are targeting the most vulnerable of an already extremely vulnerable and transient population. Factors such as illiteracy, job insecurity, below legal wages, political insecurity, poor housing, poor community hygiene, and food insecurity contribute to the vulnerability of these families. Our clients are at the lowest end of this population. High-risk mothers in our programs have better birth outcomes than those in the rest of the population in number of infant deaths, maternal death, low birth weight, and premature births.
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Ching San – Family Enterprise Manager

When Ching San was 20 her parents decided that it was too dangerous to stay in their village in Myanmar any longer. Ethnic Chin, they were a […]
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Aoe – HR and Legal Administrator

In Thailand, no international team can operate without someone in the office who is taking care of all of the immigration paperwork, and making sure everyone […]
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Update on the Farm

The Charis Project, has had to grow up and firmly establish its focus and clarity of mission. The mission is to "heal families, strengthen families, and keep families together." While we could tell a true story of how the Farm accomplished these goals, that story was longer than it should be.

The Charis Project Family Crisis Holistic Intervention Model

The highest justice for children is a strong healthy family. When families fall deeply into crisis they often fall apart and the children suffer the most. […]

Strong Women, Strong Families

It is a strong woman who takes a little bit of help and weaves it into survival and future for their children.   It is a […]