Thursday, August 30, 2012

Announcing a Partnership

We have partners! We have actually been working with a wonderful group of people from Switzerland for some time now. We have held off on announcing the partnership because we wanted to take a courageous wait and see policy. We wanted to get to know them and know for sure we worked well together before we made a big deal of it. We are now confident and want to tell everyone!

We have been working together to support the Tak Province children's home. Their main interest is in doing concrete projects. While we are working on developing a whole new model of how a children's home runs through working on management and business development, and have been providing the monthly support still needed by the home. 

What this means right now is that we have been able to focus on working with the staff to the point where they are throwing off the limitations of short term thinking and are shifting into innovative, proactive problem solving. 

We have been able to launch the coffee growing operation

We have been able to begin laying groundwork for launching a private school in the hills

Also we have been able to lay the groundwork for launching a second whole community with Burmese refugee orphans

All this at the same time that, thanks to our Swiss partners, the kids are no longer living in the rental situation they have been in for some time. They are now living in a brand new house. An amazing beautiful house with big rooms, nice bathrooms, indoor play areas, our own garden land and soccer field, an excellent separate kitchen and mess hall, an outstanding rainwater collection system, and private suites for staff families and visitors.

Check out the pictures!

This is the main house with the sleeping rooms.

From the back, opening out to the garden

To the left is the kitchen, eating,  activity area. The higher part of the walls are bamboo for better ventilation. 

This is the rain water collection system from the roofs.

The water is pumped up to these concrete cisterns above the house that provide water pressure.

Looking down on the kitchen from the dorms.
Front entrance coming down from the driveway to the upper level. 
Looking out on the garden.
The upstairs is where the kids rooms are and downstairs are the staff and guest suites.

Inside the dining hall.
kitchen corner 

inside a kids room
Teaching the kids to play Uno in the main hallway. 
Someone doesn't like his cards.

They don't really have an official name yet, we'll tell you if they get one. In the meantime, thanks Swiss partners, you did an outstanding job. We're excited to be working with you, and look forward to the future.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Thank-you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedule and came to The Charis Comedy Night July 28th. We raised over $3000 that evening thanks to everyone who came and supported us.

A special thank-you to the comedians who desire to support The Charis Project and volunteered their time and talent, and to Aztec Brewery for hosting.

Andrew Long on being American.

"Comedy is both tricky, and subjective", as one of the performers that evening said. Something we are quickly learning.

Some of the content of the evening did not represent the mission of The Charis Project to save and heal broken children and broken communities, and did not represent the spirit of our sponsors. 

We apologize first to the performers for not setting the "strike zone" for the event more clearly. We did not anticipate how much more specific we needed to be in our communication with you so you could do the best job possible with the audience you had.

We apologize also to those in the audience who were offended by some of the content which did not reflect our overall mission. Please bear with us as we learn how to best portray both the mission of The Charis Project and the spirit of our sponsors.

And thank-you a thousands times to our fabulous volunteers.

We couldn't do anything without these guys, and everyone else who helped out.

A few of the fabulous raffle prizes

The happy iPod winner

Today Aaron, our CEO, is on the way to Thailand to begin set up of a new orphan care community and implement a computer lab for the kids at the orphanage in Tak Province and surrounding village. We're able to do that because of all the people like you who care what happens to these kids, and want to be part of the solution to the problem. Together we are making the world a better place for children.

Boys in a jumping competition at the home.

Please stay tuned as we move forward to greater excellence in both expressing and accomplishing our mission of healing broken children and broken communities.