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.
Jun 1, 2012

Transitional Care, A Story of Success

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CERI's Transitional Care

Transitional Care is one of Children's Emergency Relief International's (CERI) most vital programs in the country of Moldova (the former communist nation between Ukraine and Romania). As youth age out of state-run orphanages at 16 years old, CERI is able to step in and continue "parenting" so vulnerable youth do not slip through the cracks. Youth sponsorships play a vital role in CERI's Transitional Care program.

At only 11 years old Catea tragically lost her mother to a vicious battle with cancer. Almost immediately, Catea’s father remarried a woman who was the epitome of a wicked stepmother. Catea and her younger brother suffered regular beatings and were even starved for extended periods of time. In 2005 - three years into the horrific abuse and still grieving the loss of their mother – Catea’s younger brother was killed in a tragic “accident.” Moldova’s Children Protective Services responded to the case by removing Catea from the home and placing her in an orphanage.

Catea’s life seemed headed in a downward spiral until the day a CERI sponsor came into her life. With her sponsor's financial and emotional support, Catea now knows the love of a doting father. Her sponsor is actively involved in her life, and they communicate regularly and often see each other when her sponsor travels to Moldova on sponsor trips. In the summer of 2011, Catea graduated from high school and moved onto the University where she
is studying Education and English. Catea gives all glory to God for placing the right people in her life at just the right time, crediting CERI and her beloved sponsor with, literally, saving her life.

Will you be a hero and help Moldova's vulnerable youth? Join CERI's efforts and make a contribution to the Transitional Care program today!

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May 30, 2012

Operation Knit Together (Moldova Boot Mission)

Operation Knit Together
Operation Knit Together

Every year before Christmas Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) leads teams to Moldova on its signature project, "Operation Knit Together" (OKT). On this mission to Moldova (a former communist nation between Ukraine and Romania), team members individually put pairs of brand new socks and winter boots on every orphan in the country while each child gets to personally choose a hand-knit scarf and hat knit by missionaries in the States.

OKT is a project that was created in response to the need to help keep orphans warm during the harsh Eastern European winters. Telling orphans you care is good; showing them is life-changing! Will you join CERI in showing orphans how much you care? Make a contribution today to help keep Moldova's orphans warm next winter!

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May 30, 2012

Sri Lanka, A Lasting Investment (Micro Enterprise)

Sri Lanka Micro Enterprise
Sri Lanka Micro Enterprise
Did you know that seven years ago Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) instituted the first foster care program in Sri Lanka that is still in operation today? In the beginning, foster families relied on a stipend, or financial payments, from CERI to help them survive. In 2008, however, CERI introduced "Micro Enterprise" to its families with the goal of encouraging self-sufficiency among foster parents. The benefits of this endeavor are three-fold and have been overwhelming:
 
1. Families are now able to be proactive and have control of their livelihood
 
2. Foster parents who are too old or incapacitated to seek employment elsewhere are able to perform the duties of their self-employment at home
 
3. CERI's foster families are now able to provide jobs for other citizens, thereby positively impacting Sri Lanka's economy
 
Are you willing to make a sustainable difference in the lives of Sri Lankan foster families and children through Micro Enterprise? Join CERI's efforts and make a contribution today!
 
 
 

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