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.
Mar 12, 2013

Sri Lanka, Massive Flooding Strikes Again

Sri Lanka Flooded, Again
Sri Lanka Flooded, Again

Disaster strikes again, but thankfully CERI is on the ground floor. In mid-December, heavy rains pummeled the nation of Sri Lanka resulting in massive flooding and devastating landslides, leaving thousands – including CERI foster families – in an already hurting economy homeless.

“The people of Batticaloa, even while facing the immediate problem of feeding themselves, having seen a large portion of their livestock destroyed and almost all of their farming land gone, still saunter about with an air that is almost casual. They speak of their problems in a matter-of-fact way… They are long-since jaded and have come
to the realization that you can only do so much to ask for help.”
~National Director of CERI Sri Lanka.

While several NGOs have worked alongside the Sri Lankan government to hand out dry rations and emergency supplies, CERI national staff was able to respond immediately by handing out emergency rations to CERI foster families affected by the crisis. Nevertheless, loss of homes, crops and livestock mean a tough road ahead for CERI families in Sri Lanka. The next order of business is to reconstruct and build homes for the families in the CERI program.

Would you join CERI in its initiative to boost income of Sri Lankan foster families and orphaned teens who have again lost everything? Thank you for your generous gifts!

CERI Foster Home Garden Flooded
CERI Foster Home Garden Flooded
Sri Lanka Again Under Water
Sri Lanka Again Under Water

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Mar 12, 2013

Inspiring Hope

Transitional Care Youth Performing a Play
Transitional Care Youth Performing a Play

Inspiring Hope is not just what Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) does through your gifts; it's who we are. As orphans in Moldova near the age of sixteen – the year at which youth age out of orphanages – their lives become riddled with fear and anxiety. "What will I do?" they wonder; "Where will I go?" Leaving with the clothes on their back and a government-issued bus ticket to… anywhere, orphaned youth are completely unprepared for life as independent adults.

Through our Transitional Care (TC) program and your generous gifts, CERI is able to calm the woes of angst-ridden youth by offering them safety and the opportunity to continue their educations as they make the successful transition into independent living. Your gifts enable CERI to provide stability, counseling, nurturing, and guidance to youth who otherwise would not stand a chance. Our philosophy at CERI is that the best way to Inspire Hope, is to teach the youth we serve to do the same. Below is a field report from one of CERI’s Moldovan caseworkers:

It has become a tradition every year at Christmas for CERI’s Transitional Care youth to offer brighter moments to kids who are in the same situation that they themselves were in years prior. Last December we visited two temporary placement centers in which our TC youth offered encouragement to other children and youth in need. Our youth rehearsed a drama and Christmas carols for several days and even brought gifts for the children, purchased with their own money! It was an enormous stepping stone in the lives of our youth. No longer were they the ones sitting in the audience in the orphanages watching the programs, receiving the gifts; they are now the ones who teach, encourage, and give. What a blessing to watch CERI youth Inspiring Hope!

Daniela Cerî, TC Chief Social Worker – CERI Moldova

Thank you for making our work possible!!

Orphaned Children Watching Play
Orphaned Children Watching Play
CERI Youth on Bus to Visit Orphanages
CERI Youth on Bus to Visit Orphanages

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Dec 19, 2012

Thank You for Tortillas

You may remember that earlier this year the Matamoros Children's Home was raising funds to purchase a tortilla machine. Thanks to your generous gifts, this goal became a reality. Here is a message from the MCH's director Dr. Saul Camacho:

"Finally, what appeared to be an impossible dream became a reality. We are producing our own flour and corn tortillas here at the Matamoros Children's Home. This is a big blessing that help us to save some resources, plus a great training in another skill to the children. Special thanks go to all those of you who contributed financially to make this project possible. Now you need to come and have fresh made tortillas and great Mexican food with us!!!

I am thankful to you for supporting this Ministry and allowing me the opportunity to serve my children here, and giving me the opportunity as well to serve others..."

Thank you for your generous gifts to the Matamoros Children's Home. You are making a difference in the lives of Mexico's children with your generosity.



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