Foundation Charis is a Romanian/Dutch non-profit organization with a Christian identity. We want to care for the vulnerable in society, no matter what their background.
We work with the vision of faith, hope and love, with LOVE as the most important. Foundation Charis believes that every human being is important and worthy of love, respect, the right to a safe and healthy life, enough food, the opportunity to attend school and have hope for the future.
Foundation Charis is working to help give people opportunities for education and basic and loving human care.
Our vision is focused on promoting long-term change. While it’s good and necessary to help with immediate needs, like housing and food, we feel it’s also more important in the long term to provide good education, which leads to better jobs and hope for the future.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for the day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We see two different sides of society in Romania, the poor and the rich. The Roma Gypsies are normally viewed as the lowest part of society, even among the poor. With our work in Romania, we hope to bring positive change to the lives of this subordinated group of people.
Our desire is to help people become independent and give them hope for the future. This type of change takes time but is also worth the effort, as in the saying “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for the day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Foundation Charis is really making an effort to invest in the children, to help in creating long-term change and give them hope. We are already seeing positive change with our projects, like the education center “Casa Sperantja” and our children’s programs. Our goal through these projects is to help give these children a chance for a better future.
We are working together with other foundations and churches, where possible, to reach our goals in Romania. We are a small foundation that operates by direct donations and support. With our ANBI status, support and gifts are tax deductible. (in Holland)
We have many ongoing projects in the areas of:
- Medical Care
- Living Accommodation
- Other Types of Humanitarian Care (freely providing products and food)
- Church Activities
Attending church is not a condition of receiving assistance and is available to all who need it!
Because Foundation Charis is working out of a Christian identity we started with a church. The church holds services every Sunday and also organizes activities during the week, with programs for children, teens and also especially for women (who often support their families as primary caregivers). Attending church is not a condition of receiving assistance and is available to all who need it!