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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 […]

After Their Mother Died, These Siblings Banded Together to Protect Each Other

When we met her family Ei Phyu had just recently taken all of her younger siblings and 6 month old niece into her care and was struggling to provide for them all. This brave young family was barely holding it together when we started providing nutrition packages for them.

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.