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Savings Groups Help Families Survive the COVID-19 Lockdown

When COVID-19 hit Thailand, and the government prevention measures closed down borders and businesses, and cut off whole communities, most migrant families were caught completely unprepared. […]

Feeding the Hungry – Soap and Hope Phase 2

Last month you helped hungry families survive. While going from migrant community to migrant community with COVID19 prevention training [see Phase 1 – Clean Hands Save […]

Clean Hands Save Lives – Soap n Hope

This is what it looks like when 7 teams of dedicated community workers and volunteers go house to house in the hottest month of the year, […]

We Can Take Care of Each Other

Daw Aye Min sat on the plastic mat on the floor of her bamboo house as the savings group members filed in. Normally, these meetings were […]

This Entrepreneurial Family Is Thriving With Help from a Savings Group

"Life was hard for my mom and dad raising 5 kids, but they never thought of abandoning us. They worked hard, and harder when they needed to. We always had enough food to eat, enough clothes to wear, never had to be ashamed of being her children. We just weren't rich."

“I Will Raise This Baby”

"I hired a motorbike taxi to cross the border and go to where they were living." She said. "When he saw me, he ran to me right away. So I picked him up and thought, 'From now on I will raise this baby.'"

She Left Her Baby and Never Came Back

Desperate mothers who have no support frequently abandon their children at the clinic, slipping away when no one is looking and leaving their baby behind.
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From Desperation to Hope

The woman and her little extended family were alone, in a foreign country, critically poor, discovering a sickness that gets you rejected by the surrounding community, with a baby coming to a young and inexperienced mother and the danger of giving this new life the same sickness that the mother just discovered that she now has to deal with for the rest of her life.

It is HOPE that You Give

There When it Matters

When you support The Charis Project, you support people who care, and put themselves on the line to help others. You are not just supporting a program. You support real people, showing up for real people, with kindness and compassion, and treating them with the dignity that all of us deserve, and few here ever receive.

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."

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.

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.

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.

How Paperwork can Transform Lives

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.

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.

A Family Almost Destroyed by Sickness

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.

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.

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."

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.

I learned to run my own business well!

“When I was a child, my family struggled just to survive.” Ma Myint Myat Thu says.   “They could not afford to pay for me to get […]

Dreams to Reality

For 8 years Daw Aye Min had used an old-fashioned foot powered sewing machine that she bought for 2,000 Baht. “The old sewing machine takes a lot […]

A Ten Year Journey. Look Where It’s Taken Us So Far.

It has been an amazing journey so far. Together we have learned so much about what it takes to protect vulnerable children, and we have journeyed together a long way in our understanding and approach. Through it all, you have been with us in consistent love and care for these children, and with us have broadened that love and care to include their families as a whole.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

Seeds for Sustainable Recovery – Special COVID-19 Intervention

Working with the local district government to strategically target and identify the most at risk families in each community, we distributed seeds to nearly 3000 families in need who were affected by the COVID19 crisis so that they will have food to eat in the coming months. For families still reeling from their financial losses, seeds equal hope.

COVID-19 Response Report

Our Director of Research and Evaluation, Wayland Blue, published a detailed report on our prevention efforts in the Mae Sot migrant community at the onset of […]

A Social Distancing Survival Guide

Here’s a short list of resources to help you and your family right now. Many of these we have used personally, and found them useful. We’ve […]