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.
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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Mar 6, 2012

Growing Responsibility Through Gardening

Several months ago a group of volunteers from Georgetown, Texas installed a 100' x 100' irrigated "teaching" garden at Matamoros Children's Home (MCH) in Matamoros, Mexico. The garden was planted with watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, radishes, carrots, bell peppers, and cilantro! With a real garden on site, our precious orphans are learning a life-saving trade, the importance of responsibility, and how to be productive members of society. What's more, the produce they harvest not only provides nutritious sustenance for the MCH but the cilantro has flourished so, they are able to trade bunches of it at a local market in exchange for other goods!

Our goal is to earmark a portion of incoming contributions towards the future expansion of the MCH Garden Project in order to yield enough produce to sell in the local markets. The sale of produce would generate income for the orphanage, reinforcing its sustainability and self-sufficiency. Projects like this one could not be accomplished without the support of donors and volunteers like you who believe in our work and in our children. Thank you for your support of the Matamoros Children’s Home!

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