The Charis Project is pioneering an entrepreneurial approach to caring for at-risk children. Using socially responsible entrepreneurial businesses we believe an orphanage can be financially self-sustaining and the engine of transformation in their communities.
Traditionally, orphanages depend on donor support and lot of the energy goes to raising money and has no intrinsic value for the children. They unintentionally create a culture of dependance in the children. While the children are cared for, the problems that caused them to be orphans are still indemic in their communities. But we have a solution.
We are developing a model whereby homes for at-risk children run businesses that employ the surrounding community, provide the home with enough to support itself, and provide the children with practical experience in entrepreneurial business management. We simultaneously provide aid to children at risk and the tools to transform the economic and social circumstances that cause them to be at risk.