Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)

Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) is a faith-based health and human services organization that has been bringing hope to children who are impoverished and deprived since 1999. CERI strives to break the generational cycle of poverty through a holistic program of nutrition and health services, educational achievement, biblical social values, and spiritual discernment. The goal is to give every child a lifestyle of self-determination and self-reliance that provides hope for the future. CERI is the international arm of BCFS, a system of health and human service non-profit organizations.
Dec 5, 2014

15 Years of Winter Warmth

Dr. Garner with orphan baby receiving new boots
Dr. Garner with orphan baby receiving new boots

When I first started leading teams of volunteers to put winter boots on kids in Eastern European orphanages fifteen years ago, we encountered the most dismal and hopeless circumstances. Even though we traveled just before Christmas, it was as if the Grinch of oppression had stolen away all the joy of the season. Forget about Christmas decorations; where we went electricity, coal, and food were in short supply. But volunteers always brought lots of happiness and light with their presence and gifts to the children. Gradually, Christmas decorations began to appear, even in the orphanages – sparse but nevertheless an attempt to recognize the season.

Now when we travel to Eastern Europe fifteen years later, it is sparkling with Christmas décor. It always reminds me of the light CERI brings into the lives of those hit hard with the struggles of life. Where once there was little hope and much despair, Christ offers a solution! I know you want to be part of what we do, and I encourage you to make a generous gift in the spirit of all that Christmas means to help a child or family. You cannot know the difference your gift will have on lives, but we can give in faith believing the Lord will multiply many times over its impact. Thank you for your faithfulness.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Dec 4, 2014

Hope for the Hopeless

Child receiving much-need food items
Child receiving much-need food items

This is the season when we pause to remember everything for which we are most grateful. For CERI, we pause to remember you. While so many are hurting around the world, you have been there, helping CERI to lessen the suffering. You have been faithful from the beginning, and we are sincerely grateful.

Earlier this year, CERI implemented its Child Relief and Support Program (CRSP) in Latin America. This program reaches school-age children with basic necessities and educational games and activities. We hope you enjoy these recent photos of the CRSP at work. Thank you!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Aug 25, 2014

Kids 'n Boots, Here We Come!

Baby is happy to receive new boots
Baby is happy to receive new boots

Would you believe December is around the corner? It may seem far away, but December will be here before you know it. Each December CERI travels to Eastern Europe with teams of mission volunteers to fit orphaned children, youth, and adults with disabilities with brand new warm, winter boots.

Kids 'n Boots is a signature project of CERI's, reaching thousands of children and youth every year. This year will be no different. Mission teams are almost complete as volunteer applications keep pouring in. Now, we just need to reach our goal so we can purchase new boots. $25 buys and delivers one pair of warm, winter boots to a child in need.

We will again purchase boots from the Zorile Shoe Factory in Moldova, stimulating one of Europe's poorest economies. As teams return to Moldova again this year, we are humbled by your gifts to support this project. Thank you for your faithfulness to CERI and the children we serve!

How many children will you clothe with winter warmth this Christmas season?

Mission volunteer dotes on little girl
Mission volunteer dotes on little girl
Girl gets new winter hat to accompany new boots
Girl gets new winter hat to accompany new boots

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