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.
Aug 17, 2011

The Pursuit for Boots

The three styles of boots we have ordered.
The three styles of boots we have ordered.

Since our last report, CERI has ordered 3,468 pairs of winter boots for this year's Transnistria boot mission. We will have boots for toddlers, girls and boys in all sizes. Right now, the boots are being manufactured and will hopefully be shipped to Transnistria by the end of September. We have taken a loan of $30,000 for the boot deposit and we will owe $57,000 more when the boots are completed and shipped for a total of $87,000. CERI counts on each one of our donors to help us reach this goal.

If you would like to go on the boot mission to personally put these boots on the children’s feet and make these children feel truly special in the eyes of the Lord who loves them, please go on one or both of the mission weeks this coming December. Week 1 will be December 2-10 and Week 2 will be December 9-17. For a volunteer application please email Russ Massey at rmassey@cerikids.org.

The Joy of Volunteering
The Joy of Volunteering

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Aug 12, 2011

The Heart of a Child

An orphan before receiving boots
An orphan before receiving boots

Year after year, many orphans in Moldova and Transnistria are getting frostbite from the bitterly cold winters. CERI has the great opportunity to help Transnistrian children in need. To give you get an idea of how these boots are helping the children, consider these statements from orphans who received boots in past years.

“This pair of shoes is a gift from God, an answer to my prayer. God saw my need to have a pair of new winter shoes and He sent me people to cover this need.”

“When I received my pair of shoes, I was happy because I knew that I could play in the snow again. I love to play in the snow and the new shoes were very comfortable.”

“Every time I put on my shoes I know that somewhere far, far away there is someone who prays for me and loves me.”

The time has come that we must pay for the boots that will be put on the Transnistrian children’s feet this December. Please help these orphans directly by donating toward the purchase of their boots today.

An orphan receiving boots
An orphan receiving boots

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Aug 2, 2011

A Woman with a Dream

Mrs. Shanthakumari and her family
Mrs. Shanthakumari and her family

So many people in the world need help that it sometimes feels overwhelming. But when you meet a woman like Mrs. Shanthakumari, you realize that small steps make a huge difference. When CERI’s staff met Mrs. Shanthakumari, we knew she had promise and would use the money we gave her to restart her pottery business wisely. She initially started her business in the 1990’s, but faced major losses of her house and possessions due to the civil war within Sri Lanka. Through all the hardships, she never became discouraged. Mrs. Shanthakumari is very active in the community and, after raising three children of her own, she took in a foster girl who had been abandoned by her family as a result of a physical impairment. These great qualities gave CERI confidence that she was a worthy candidate to help succeed. We gave her a loan of $100 in June of 2010. She profited greatly in that year, repaid her loan, and even made a $200 profit in a single sale. After the destructive flood earlier this year, CERI gave her another loan of $250 to rebuild her business again. Through the profits of her business, Mrs. Shanthakumari plans to repair and improve her home and continue to take care of her 10-year-old foster daughter. These small loans are often the difference between a life of poverty and struggling to make ends meet and meaningful employment which restores dignity and self-sufficiency to families. There are many more worthy candidates like Mrs. Shanthakumari, and your gift can provide them with an opportunity to succeed!

Mrs. Shanthakumari and her pottery
Mrs. Shanthakumari and her pottery

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