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 26, 2013

Eliminate Hunger Through Microenterprise

CERI Hunger Initiative
CERI Hunger Initiative

"Give a man a fish; he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime." The philosophy of Children's Emergency Relief International is to bring hope and healing to children and their families through sustainable projects. The success of CERI's micro-enterprise program in Sri Lanka reinforces this philosophy.

For decades, Sri Lanka has been plagued by war and natural disasters causing extreme poverty and, by extension, severe hunger. In response to this plight, CERI initiated a micro-enterprise program in order to help families pull themselves out of the death-grip of poverty. The program began by extending small business loans to CERI foster families. After much success, CERI expanded the program to include more that just CERI foster families.

Not only has CERI's micro-enterprise program offered families a reprieve from dire hunger - a condition to which many have become too accustomed - but families have also realized the potential to establish family savings for use to help other families in need or pay for children's educations.

Thank you for the support you have offered to this program. We would not be where we are without your help.

Typical Sri Lankan Home
Typical Sri Lankan Home
Dec 26, 2013

Transitioning into Adulthood Without Parents

Boy in CERI TC Program
Boy in CERI TC Program

Image being sixteen all over again. Now imagine being sixteen without the family you had to care for and guide you through adolescence. This is the life of youth that CERI ministers to in Moldova. For more than a decade, Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) has been reaching youth who are aging out of state-run orphanages in Moldova with Transitional Care services.

Services for youth include education and tutoring assistance, emotional guidance and counseling, job skills training, personal financial management, and so much more. If not for CERI, youth without parents would be left on the streets to fend for themselves after aging out of orphanages at sixteen. Rather than excitement, most youth express extreme anxiety and fear as their sixteenth birthdays approach.

Thanks to you, CERI is able to intervene and provide hope to vulnerable youth as they continue to grow and learn and, eventually, make the transition into adulthood. On behalf of the CERI youth in our Transitional Care program, THANK YOU! We appreciate you more than you know...

CERI Summer Camp for TC Youth
CERI Summer Camp for TC Youth
Girl in CERI TC Program
Girl in CERI TC Program

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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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