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.
Oct 10, 2011

Another Loan, Another Happy Family

Asanar Janufa and one of her new sewing machines
Asanar Janufa and one of her new sewing machines

CERI’s Microenterprise Program is continuing to have great success! Here’s another story about how people are being helped in Sri Lanka.

Asanar Janufa is a foster mother to a 14-year-old boy in CERI’s care named Ibrahim. They live in a low income community in Eravur, Sri Lanka. Ms. Janufa’s first loan was for $65, which she used to buy a sewing machine to start a dress business. She produced and sold an average of 9 dresses each month which yielded an income of $27 a month. Even after the massive flood that destroyed her business, Ms. Janufa continued diligently onward with the help of another loan of $600 from CERI’s Microenterprise Program to buy two motorized sewing machines. Ms. Janufa said, “With CERI’s help, I learned a lot, sharpened my knowledge and skills and developed my confidence greatly to speak with the people of different income levels.” Just last month, September 2011, Ms. Janufa made $450 selling her homemade dresses. She uses this income to support her foster son. Ms. Janufa is a wonderful example of how CERI’s Microenterprise Program helps improve the livelihoods of poor rural families.

Please make a difference today in the lives of the less fortunate by giving to CERI’s Microenterprise Program.



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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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