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 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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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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