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 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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Apr 17, 2013

Spring Break Service

College students mixing concrete
College students mixing concrete

The Matamoros Children's Home is at it again, and we couldn't do it without you! Here is a message from CERI's National Director of Mexico, Dr. Saul Camacho:

While some young college students prefer to indulge themselves during spring break at beach parties and other activities, a group of CERI volunteers chose to become servants. This spring break, the Matamoros Children’s Home hosted two college teams who came to Mexico with an attitude of service. For one week, college students worked hard mixing concrete to extend our driveway on the west side of campus. I'm proud of their accomplishments and for showing God's love through their hard work.

We at CERI are so grateful for your faithfulness. Whether through missions or financial gifts, you are affecting vulnerable children with much needed love. Thank you!

College students hard at work
College students hard at work
Mission team builds driveway for children
Mission team builds driveway for children's home

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