Donate Now

Their Children Get to Go to School, Instead of Work

"If they get to go to school they will have better opportunity in life than their parents. I don’t think they would enjoy doing the work that we do."

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.

A Snapshot from the Field

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.

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.

Why We Are Focusing on Family Support

We have learned a lot since our days of just supporting an orphanage. Now we know that the best way to protect children is to help their birth families to be strong and safe wherever possible.

Friday Classes Under the Shade Tree

As the parents in this class begin to understand the developmental underpinnings of their children's behavior, they can begin to overcome generational cycles of using anger and reactive hitting to train their children.

Because We’re Parents

I can’t imagine giving up one of my children because I can’t afford to feed them

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.

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."