Heal Families, Strengthen Families, Give Families a Fighting Chance.
The Charis Project model of intervention not only prevents the disintegration of families, it also heals and strengthens families to welcome home children who have already been separated.
The Charis Project has developed and continues to refine a proven model that disrupts child trafficking and orphaning at its source. The most vulnerable children come from families in crisis. We rescue and heal those families, giving them a fighting chance to protect and nurture their own children in their own home.
We not only work to provide for a family's physical needs, but their mental, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. For families to be fully restored, healing and strengthening must take place in hearts and minds, as well as bodies. We work for total restoration of each person in the family unit and the larger community as well.
How do we do this? By empowering the local community through the following programs:
1. Family Rescue: Weekly visits to families in crisis providing emergency nutrition supplies, counsel, encouragement, and more.
2. Family Education: Empowering parents and strengthening families by providing the tool needed to grow strong and resourceful.
3. Family Enterprise: Helping families to save and plan for the future, and becoming partners with them in business enterprises.
We have a highly competent team of seasoned and innovative field professionals who produce measurable and scalable results in families, addressing the root factors of the crisis of child trafficking and orphaning.
Our indigenous staff understands the culture and the needs of the local community, having come from those communities themselves.
We have the organizational infrastructure in place to allow us to scale our programs to multiply our impact up to 5 times with the existing core structures.
We are conducting detailed case studies across the community we serve in order to identify key causative variables contributing to instability, the effect our model has on mitigating these variables, and possible improvements to our methods.
See additional documents to download our impact report for our Family Rescue Program.
To date (2017) we have directly engaged approximately 178 families through our Family Engagement/Crisis intervention Program.
We have made 3955 home visits to deliver nutrition packages, support and counsel.
Our biggest observable impact has been in the birth outcomes of the women in our engagement programs compared to the data available for the outcomes in the general population. High-risk mothers in our programs have better birth outcomes than those in the rest of the population in number of infant deaths, maternal death, low birth weight, and premature births.
Thanks to our education programs we have seen a 94% improvement in the rate of women exclusively breastfeeding their babies until 6 months rather than supplementing.
We have started 10 Village Savings and Loan Groups so far with intent to begin another 20 in the present year.
We have established the team, infrastructure, and systems to effectively multiply our impact 5 times if we can double our funding this year.