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.
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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Mar 6, 2012

Hope for the Hopeless

Transitional Care is one of Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) most vital programs in Moldova. Reason being, it caters to the most grossly at-risk age group – adolescents transitioning out of orphan care into “the real world.” Moldova is a former communist nation that is not only highly institutionalized but also the number one country that women and children are trafficked out of into the sex trade. This poses a significant risk to the youth of Moldova who have been raised in an institutional setting their entire lives with everything they need being given to them – albeit minimally at best. What is an adolescent to do when she reaches sixteen, the age at which she is no longer eligible for state care and, therefore, is aged out of the orphanage?

This is where CERI comes in. Through individual child sponsorships and generous donations, CERI is able to bridge the life-threatening gap between adolescence and independent adulthood. With a national staff in place in Chisinau, Moldova, CERI teaches its orphans important life skills, such as budgeting, the importance of education, and what it means to be responsible, productive members of society. Not only do most of our orphans in Transitional Care go on to pursue higher education, many go on to complete medical and law school! If it were not for our faithful supporters’ loyalty to CERI and unconditional love for Moldova’s hurting orphans, CERI would not be able to do what it does best: spread hope to the hopeless. Thank you for believing in CERI and blessing our children; they are the reason we exist!

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Mar 6, 2012

Planning Ahead: 2012 Winter Boot Mission

March means different things to different people depending on the part of the world in which you live. In Houston, Texas – home base for Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI) – March means respite from hostile heat, the coming of spring, and overall beautiful weather. In Moldova, March means the continuation of a cold, harsh winter with ongoing temperatures at or below freezing. While most in the U.S. will not worry about next year’s winter shoes until next year, we at CERI are already planning ahead! With 2011’s Winter Boot Mission behind us, it’s time to rev up for 2012!

Buying thousands of pairs of winter boots every single year is no easy task, and we couldn’t do it without you, our faithful supporters! Thank you for remembering us as we prepare for our 2012 Winter Boot Mission in Moldova next December. Your contributions are not only valuable to us; they’re life-changing to the children whose lives you’re investing in! Thank you for your generosity!

If you’re interested in joining CERI as we distribute winter boots to orphans throughout Moldova, please visit the “Missions” page of our website for more information (see link below). We literally put new socks and boots on the orphans ourselves!

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