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 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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Jun 10, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

A CERI youth shows God
A CERI youth shows God's love to the community.

When an orphan in Moldova is coming of age to transition out of the orphan program, it’s easy for them to get depressed and think that the world is a cold place. This spring we decided to conduct a giving exercise. We looked around and instead of waiting for someone else to make us smile, we looked for people who we could bring a smile to.

Together with the youth, we packed our bags with toys and many roses. First we went to a nearby kindergarten and gave toys to other children. Everybody gathered and we started a ripple of joy. After that, we went on the street to give roses to people passing by... you can see the response we received in the photo.

The reaction was better than we expected. The happiest people of all ended up being our youth who were running with enthusiasm on the streets and giving flowers. At the end, they all said that they would definitely like to do an activity like this again soon!

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