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.
Sep 21, 2011

Summer Projects and School Beginnings Completed

Projects and the First Day of School
Projects and the First Day of School

The summer at Matamoros Children’s Home was a great success with two teams of volunteers coming to do construction projects.  One team helped to put up trusses and a metal roof on the newest dorm for the boys. 
The other team helped with some remodeling and painting.  Both teams did an amazing job helping with the needs of the Home.

Preparing for the school year to begin was also a significant accomplishment. Because of donors like you, the children received school supplies like notebooks, pens, pencils, backpacks, etc. The children also received new black dress shoes, tennis shoes, shirts, slacks, socks, and underwear for school. For 206 kids, this is no small endeavor! With caring for so many children comes more and more needs to be met, which is why continued support for these children is needed. Every dollar helps the children of Matamoros Children’s Home, so please consider giving today.

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Sep 14, 2011

Bridging Business for Local Entrepreneurs

Women
Women's Small Group Sign

This 2011 summer brought new opportunities for CERI’s Sri Lankan foster parents who have their own businesses. “Bridging Business in Batti, Trade Fair 2011” was held for 3 days in July and featured 150 stalls displaying the products and services of several companies, including local, national, and international entrepreneurs. The event was supported by the Central and Provincial government and mainly focused on the products and services sector for markets involving agriculture, livestock, fishing, and tourism. There were participants from various sectors including farmer organizations, trade associations, milk producers, corporate businesses, service sectors, school students, and entrepreneurs both local and national. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) helped to sponsor the event and invited CERI’s Women’s Small Group microenterprise program to exhibit their self-employment projects. Mrs. Shanthakumary and Mrs. Subaitha had the opportunity to display their products at the exhibition. The event was such a great success that even the Chief Minister, Mr. Santhirakanthan, visited the women’s pottery hut and got some details about their pottery business. Thank you for supporting these women with foster children to succeed with their small business ventures. Please continue to help women like these succeed by giving today.

Women
Women's Small Group Setup
Women
Women's Small Group Buying Crowd

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Sep 12, 2011

An Ending Brings a New Beginning

A Girl from CERI
A Girl from CERI's Transitional Care Program

As 23 youth in Moldova graduated from our
Transitional Care Program at the end of August to pursue a completely
independent and productive life, CERI received 43 more youth to take their
places in the program. These new youth have graduated from the 9th
grade and must now leave the orphanages, as they are aging out of the country’s
institutional system.  If it were not for
programs like ours, they would be completely on their own to support themselves
at just sixteen or seventeen years of age, as without help, continued education
is not an option for them—they must struggle to find housing and a job in order
to meet their basic needs. Thankfully for these 43 youth, they will have the
opportunity to continue their education and receive mentoring and life-skills
training to increase the likelihood that they can find gainful employment in
the future and become productive members of society.  These new young adults aspire to become
carpenters, seamstresses, beauticians, chefs, make-up artists, police officers,
and other kinds of professions. CERI wants to see these aspirations realized.
Since the Transitional Care Program has become so successful in helping youth
transition into adult life, the sponsors of some of the youth that graduated
out of the program have decided to sponsor new kids just entering the program.
With this being said, we are still looking for more sponsors for these bright
children.

Please contact Dianna Jonns at djonns@cerikids.org for more information
about sponsoring a child in CERI’s Transitional Care Program.

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