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.
Sep 9, 2013

A Family Earns Profit to Repay their CERI Micro-Enterprise loan!

Jeyapragash Family
Jeyapragash Family

“I never dreamed we would have our own home again,” said Mrs. Jeyapragash. Her family lives in a region of Sri Lanka that was left tattered by the three decade long civil war and then later devastated by the 2004 tsunami. 

With the help of a CERI micro-enterprise loan, the Jeyapragash family was able to turn a simple vegetable garden into a thriving poultry and vegetable farm. From the loan, they've built chicken coops to house their chickens, installed a water pump for the well, and laid an irrigation system to keep the growing vegetables properly hydrated.

The family is still poor and some days can be tough, but Mrs. Jeyapragash believes things are improving. Currently, they are making enough profit from their poultry and vegetable sales to build a new house next to the family's lean-to shelter, plus they are re-paying the money they borrowed from the CERI micro-enterprise program!

This is just one success story of many stories that are still developing in Sri Lanka. We couldn't minister to these families without your generous support! On behalf the Jeyapragash family and CERI, thank you for supporting CERI and the island nation of Sri Lanka.

 

Vegetables tagged and ready to be sold
Vegetables tagged and ready to be sold
New family home under construction
New family home under construction

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Sep 6, 2013

Kids 'n Boots 2013

For more than a decade, Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) has led winter boot missions to Eastern Europe before Christmas. Each year CERI volunteers personally fit children who are orphaned and in need with brand new socks and winter boots. Historically, CERI alternated missions between Moldova and Transnistria. This year, CERI is excited to announce the expansion of its winter boot missions to Ukraine and Romania!

In cooperation with New Hope International in Ukraine and Project Ruth in Romania, CERI volunteers will outfit over 3,600 children with brand new warm, winter boots. Mission teams will travel to 27 orphanages in Ukraine around the city of L'viv and also distribute boots to severely impoverished Roma (Gypsy) communities in Bucharest, Romania. Boots will be purchased from the Zorile shoe factory in Moldova, stimulating one of Europe's poorest economies.

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Jun 17, 2013

CERI's Matamoros roots are growing!

A mission volunteer talks about God
A mission volunteer talks about God's love

Thank you for your continued support of the Matamoros Children's Home. Because of your generous prayers and gifts, CERI's roots in Matamoros are growing to a new region in Mexico: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz! The word "Coatzacoalcos" comes from the Nahuatl language and means: the place where the plumed serpent hides. It is an important port city on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The town is mostly working-class and is fed by its busy, dirty port and its thriving petro-chemical factories. 

A CERI medical team was recently sent to the town of Coatzacoalcos to provide medical care to impoverished children & adults. The church we used for clinics was situated under a sky that was littered with knotted webs of electrical cables, and surrounded by mud roads and cinderblock homes that were covered with sheets of rusted tin. 

The team treated patients who were suffering from health problems including lice, scabies, malnutrition and worms. Near the end of the week, people were noticing their physical improvements from the medicines they received; word consequently spread throughout all of the neighboring villages that CERI truly cares about Mexico! With 540 people treated, 1100 prescriptions issued, countless handshakes and much work still ahead, CERI invites you to pray about how you can increase our relationship with the impoverished people of Mexico. 

 

A little girl listens intently to Dr. Saul Camacho
A little girl listens intently to Dr. Saul Camacho
Say...Ahh! for Nurse Dawn
Say...Ahh! for Nurse Dawn
The church where clinics were conducted each day
The church where clinics were conducted each day

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