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.
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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Jun 11, 2013

Kids 'n Boots: It's time again...

Eastern Europe Winter
Eastern Europe Winter

Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) is excited to kick off another year of winter boot missions! We are pleased to unveil this year's Kids 'n Boots mission to Romania! In years past, CERI has alternated boot missions between Moldova and Transnistria. Moldova is a tiny country wedged between Ukraine and Romania (reportedly the poorest country in all of Europe) while Transnistria is the eastern edge of Moldova that declared "independence" over twenty years ago.

This year, CERI is expanding its efforts to provide winter warmth to the Roma, an oppressed people group in Romania also known as "Gypsies." For the past year and a half, CERI has been in partnership with The Ruth Project, a group that has been ministering to the Roma people for the past twenty years. Because of the reputation of the "Gypsy" culture, the Roma are a highly discriminated people group in great need of social services, education, and social integration.

To date, nearly 1,000 children have been identified who will receive a brand new pair of winter boots. CERI's Moldovan staff will continue the custom of facilitating the Kids 'n Boots mission by translating for U.S. missions teams who will deliver and outfit children with new boots. Boots will be purchased from the Zorile shoe factory located in Moldova, thereby stimulating the economy of Europe's poorest country.

Will you join us in this worthy mission by purchasing boots for children?

Kids
Kids 'n Boots Recipient
Kids
Kids 'n Boots Recipient
Truck load of winter boots
Truck load of winter boots
Kids
Kids 'n Boots Recipients
CERI Moldova Staff, Kids
CERI Moldova Staff, Kids 'n Boots Translators

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Jun 10, 2013

A CERI Micro-finance Business Gains Strength

Banana Plantation
Banana Plantation

In spite of successful economic development in concentrated regions of Sri Lanka, poverty continues to run rampant amidst the war-torn island that all too often suffers the added affects of natural disasters. CERI's solution to this plight -- self-employment through micro-finance -- has proved most successful at equipping families to escape the perils of poverty. To date, approximately 110 women have benefited from CERI’s micro-finance program.

Mrs. Komathy, 47, lives in th eastern province of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.. Her husband, Thavarasa, is an unskilled, low-paid laborer who earns a small income that doesn't provide for the family’s basic needs. Mr. & Mrs. Komathy have four unmarried children. Mrs. K. also looks after her brother’s daughter, 8 year old girl Tharshikka, and has been struggling to run the family.

However, everything changed after she joined CERI’S Micro-finance development program.

Mrs. Komathy is a clever business woman; she now owns a small space of land where she grows food for her family, which includes banana, coconut & mango trees as well as pomegranates and vegetables. The surplus of the crops are sold at a local market. With part of their income, she runs a grocery shop beside her house. Mrs. K. recently decided to add a new product of tamarind jam packets, which costs little money to produce and has been very popular with the customers at her shop.

Since joining CERI's micro-finance development program, Mrs. Komathy and her family are enjoying the blessings of self-employment.

Mrs. K
Mrs. K's Grocery Store

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