International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security


Heal Families, Strengthen Families, Give Families a Fighting Chance

Escondido, CA


The Charis Project combats the root causes of child trafficking and institutionalization by healing and strengthening families in crisis to give those families a fighting chance to keep their own children safe at home. The Charis Project deploys an integrated suite of targeted services to save the lives of children by healing, strengthening, and keeping their families together. We do this in the context of ongoing supportive intentional relationship. Our vision is for every child to be in a strong healthy family.

Ruling Year



Mr. Aaron Blue

Main Address

306-N West El Norte Pkwy. #314

Escondido, CA 92026 USA


community development, family rescue, Prevention of human trafficking, refugees, migrant families, village savings and loan, family support, education, nutrition programs,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Family Services (P40)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2017, 2016 and 2016.
Register now

Social Media


Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

WHEN FAMILIES HURT CHILDREN SUFFER Nearly half of trafficked children were sold by their families and 80% of children in “orphanages” have living parents. When families fall deeply into crisis they often fall apart and the children suffer the most from neglect, abandonment, abuse, separation, and trafficking.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Stage 1: Family Rescue

Step 2: Family Education Program

Stage 3: Family Enterprise Program

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

External Reviews



Sign In or Create Account to view assets data

Need more info on this nonprofit?

Need more info on this nonprofit?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2017, 2016 and 2016


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Need more info?

FREE: Gain immediate access to the following:

  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2017, 2016 and 2016

Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.


This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity