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

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
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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