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Winter Farm Update

by Michael McMahon, Charis Teaching Farm Manager & Researcher The Charis Teaching Farm has been in transition with staff changing over, new projects and the dry […]

Resources

There is a lot of research spanning several decades into how institutional care affects children and what is the best care for healthy development in children. […]

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

How do you pronounce Charis? [kã-ris] What does it mean? Gift, grace, a kindness. Also, in the Bible, God’s power and presence in the earth. Are […]

To Encourage and Empower

I sat on a stool very near to the ground, took in the view, and breathed in the clean mountain air.  The stresses of the last […]

Because We’re Parents

I can’t imagine giving up one of my children because I can’t afford to feed them
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Restoration Agriculture as Seen Through a Rice Harvest

Rather than just give money to people, we give them the opportunity to do valuable work, learn more about our natural farming processes and be paid justly for their efforts. What we strive to do is affirm their humanity and, if lost, restore their dignity.

How We Started a Family Resource Center

In the end, what vulnerable mothers need is support. They need to feel that they are not alone, and that there is help if they need it. We're here to provide that help and support.
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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.

Gaining Ground

We are literally winning a war on weeds with a couple of boards with nails in them. It saves both time and money. The ideas are so simple. But these are the kinds of ideas we are looking for: simple, replicable, and affordable.

Commonplace Violence

"I don't want to go back," she said, "But what other choice do I have? I have 4 children, they need me to take care of them."
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Homeless, again.

They are willing to live in something that we wouldn’t even classify as a building in order to get paid on time and not have to run from the police... We are working with these families to find long-term solutions.