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 23, 2013

Medical Mission to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz

Dr. Camacho, CERI Nat
Dr. Camacho, CERI Nat'l Dir of Mexico, treats girl

This summer Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) led its first medical mission to Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, Mexico. The goal for this trip was to conduct a medical clinic in one of the impoverished villages of Coatza where CERI is initiating its new Child Relief and Support Program (CRSP).

The CRSP utilizes child sponorships to reach school-aged children in order to meet their physical and educational needs. Physical needs met through CERI's CRSP are food, clothing and shelter, while also providing support for educational, social and spiritual development.

The mission this summer reached over 500 children and families with much-needed primary medical care and over 1,500 prescriptions of vital medications and vitamins. All in all, CERI's medical mission was an enormous success at laying the ground work for our new Child Relief and Support Program.

Thank you for your continued support of this project!

CERI medical volunteer treats baby
CERI medical volunteer treats baby
CERI vol entertains children at the medical clinic
CERI vol entertains children at the medical clinic
CERI vol makes children laugh
CERI vol makes children laugh
CERI vol gives a "thumbs up" to kids
CERI vol gives a "thumbs up" to kids

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Dec 20, 2013

Kids 'n Boots, Campaign Success!

Precious grin
Precious grin

Wow, what a trip... THANK YOU for your gifts to Kids 'n Boots! Because of your generosity, the 2013 Kids 'n Boots Mission was a huge success. Over 3,000 boots were successfully delivered to children and youth in Romania AND Ukraine. In spite of some unexpected twists and turns, here's what happened:

Teams in Romania faced the challenge of getting boots through customs. But as with every mission, the Lord always provides. We received word from CERI Senior Missions Advisor Dr. Dearing Garner on Monday, December 9, that boots were released from customs just three minutes before customs offices closed! What's more, because our project was humanitarian aid, our shipment made it through customs without being taxed!

While teams in Romania were making up for lost time after the delay at customs, Ukraine teams were working vigorously to distribute boots around L'viv. This was not without its own challenges, however. The political situation in Ukraine has been rather precarious in recent weeks due to former Soviet pressures. As a result, citizens were expressing their ire through public demonstrations. Fortunately, CERI teams were safe and distributed boots in areas away from local protests.

Please join us in rejoicing this Christmas season over another successful Kids 'n Boots mission! We invite you to continue your support of this worthy mission by making an end-of-year donation to our Kids 'n Boots 2014 mission to Moldova. Thank you again!

New Shoes!
New Shoes!
New Socks!
New Socks!
New Hat!
New Hat!
Warm Hugs!
Warm Hugs!
Ready to go!
Ready to go!

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Sep 9, 2013

Make Me Laugh if You Can

'Make Me Laugh if You Can', a game of being funny

The Moldova Transitional Youth Care program focuses on youth who are aging out of CERI's foster care program, youth who have no living parents and are in need of mentorship for surviving the real world as working adults. For many youth, they are excited with the prospect of becoming independent contributers to society; however, many face the daunting task of earning household incomes while attending school and being primary caregivers to other siblings.

CERI recently sent several rotating mission teams to celebrate summer break with these coming-of-age youth. From the USA, they brought games and trust-building exercises that included zip-lining and items for Moldovan youth to make creative gifts for their transitional care peers. CERI staff and volunteers also spent quality time with the youth to share their personal testimonies and to provide encouragement through the Bible. Each mission team's primary message was to trust in God, assuring them that he will never leave His faithful children. 

Although summer has come to an end, there are new youth who are just now seeking guidance from CERI's transitional care program. When children and youth receive support from a CERI donor, it is a gift that lasts for generations! Thank you for your generous support to CERI kids. 

Zip-lining!
Zip-lining!
CERI volunteer and Moldovan youth at summer camp
CERI volunteer and Moldovan youth at summer camp
Water fight!
Water fight!
CERI volunteer leading Bible study w/youth groups
CERI volunteer leading Bible study w/youth groups
A guest speaker gets on level with Moldovan youth
A guest speaker gets on level with Moldovan youth
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