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 6, 2011

Cultivating Responsibility: A New Garden Project

A New Irrigated Garden
A New Irrigated Garden

Recently a group of volunteers from Georgetown, Texas visited Matamoros Children’s Home and installed an irrigated garden.  The volunteers laid tubing, tilled the soil, and planted produce in the new 100 x 100-foot teaching garden.  With any success and continued funding, we hope to enlarge it in the future. 

We are currently growing watermelons, cantaloupes, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, radishes, carrots, bell peppers, and cilantro!  Since the garden is small for now, all of the produce grown is used in the Home’s kitchen to prepare meals for the children.  Our cilantro is growing so well that we are able to trade bunches of it in a local store for other goods.  If we are able to expand the garden in the future, we hope to yield enough produce to sell the excess in local markets. 

In addition to providing nutritious ingredients for the children’s meals, the garden is also both a teaching tool and a fun experience for the Home’s children.  They are being taught responsibility and how to be productive through tending the garden and collecting and cleaning the produce.  So far they are enjoying participating in the planting and care of the plants, and of course, the tasty results of their work!

Thank you for your support of Matamoros Children’s Home!  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. 

A Child Collects Produce in the Garden
A Child Collects Produce in the Garden
Harvesting Watermelons
Harvesting Watermelons

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Oct 14, 2011

CERI's TC Youth Lead a Day Camp

One of our TC youth with the children
One of our TC youth with the children

To be able to grow leaders, you need to create the right environment—an environment where young people have the chance to develop good character, responsibility, and sensitivity to people and situations around them. CERI’s staff decided to look for these kinds of opportunities for our youth in the Transitional Care Program, and now we are putting them into action.

In August, a church organized a day camp in the village of Marinici, Moldova where around 250 kids came out for the activities. This was an overwhelming amount of youth for church volunteers to manage, so two of CERI’s staff and 13 of our youth from the Transitional Care Program decided to join and help with the camp wherever there was need.

Our youth served as group leaders helping with kitchen duties, organizing games, and participating in the dramas. After an amazing day at the day camp, our youth were very tired but very excited from the experience of leading a group for the first time. All the youth in the Transitional Care Program that helped with the camp made new friends and learned about the kids in the village that were living a harsh life having to work hard both in the fields and at home on a daily basis. CERI continues to look for opportunities to allow our youth, who are the recipients of support from beneficiaries like you, to give back to their communities and learn that they, too, can give to and serve others in need. These youth rose to the challenge and excelled. Thank you for helping CERI provide life lessons and leadership opportunities to at-risk youth in Moldova.

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CERI's youth that helped at the camp
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CERI's youth cooking

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Oct 14, 2011

The Boots Are Coming!

The boots en route
The boots en route

Winter is coming and logistical preparations for CERI’s 2011 Boot Mission are on schedule. The ship carrying the boots has recently reached the port of Odessa in Ukraine. After passing through customs, the boots will be transported to a warehouse where they will be stored until teams of volunteers arrive in December anxious to deliver and fit them to the feet of needy Transnistrian orphans! Our teams will visit twenty-three children’s facilities, with a combined population of
2,964 children. 

As always, we need generous partners who share our concern for these children and have a passion to ensure that frostbite is not one of the many things they have to suffer from this winter. To date we have raised $40,000 of the $93,000 needed. We celebrate this progress, but at the same time, only a few months remain in which to raise the balance of $53,000. 

Each pair of boots costs $25 from start to finish to have them manufactured, shipped, and then actually delivered by volunteers to the feet of a child. Please consider how you help CERI meet this basic need for these children. 

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