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.
Aug 30, 2012

Microfinance and a Proverbs 31 Woman

Mrs. Kirupamani
Mrs. Kirupamani

For years, Mr. Poopalapillai struggled to support his family and CERI foster child as a fisherman. Mrs. Kirupamani dreamed that if she could only be self-employed, she might help ease the burden off her husband’s shoulders. And so she enrolled in Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) Microfinance Program. This allowed her to obtain a small business loan of LKR 10,000.00 (Sri Lankan Rupees), equivalent to approximately $75 USD. With these funds, Mrs. Kirupamani was able to help her husband purchase fishing equipment. After settling the loan promptly and within the specified time period, Mrs. Kirupamani obtained another loan of LKR 15,000.00 (approx. $113 USD) to start a poultry farm.

The venture was so successful, the proceeds managed to cover all of the family’s expenses, including the children’s school costs and the family’s tithes. Mrs. Kirupamani even had funds left over for savings. On occasion she even earns enough money to provide a meal to the children in her village church Sunday school class. The women of the village tell Mrs. Kirupamani how grateful they are to CERI for their involvement in her success. Mrs. Kirupamani’s family used to depend on others even for the smallest expenses, but now the family has delicious food, the perfect home, and Mrs. Kirupamani is able to afford all of her children’s education expenses. She believes the sky is the limit! Mrs. Kirupamani remembers a saying of her mother’s: Victors are really just failures who refuse to give up. “I will never give up. Jesus has blessed me! Presently I have 32 hens, 47 goats, and two cows.”

Thank you for supporting this vital program! You enhance the sustainability and success of CERI's work around the world; we could not do it without you...

Poultry farm, then
Poultry farm, then
Poultry farm, now
Poultry farm, now
Goat farm
Goat farm
Foster child with goats
Foster child with goats
Foster family
Foster family's renovated home

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Aug 30, 2012

Kids 'n Boots 2012 Underway

Little girl with boots
Little girl with boots

Children's Emergency Relief International's (CERI) Kids 'n Boots 2012 campaign is well underway, and we are so grateful for your support! Very soon, teams of CERI volunteers will leave the U.S. to outfit every institutionalized orphan living in Moldova* with brand new winter boots, warm socks and hand-knit hats and scarves! By Thanksgiving, CERI must finalize the purchase of 7,300 pairs of winter boots! Your gift will help us reach our goal.

For over a decade, teams of U.S. volunteers have traveled overseas to personally outfit orphans in Moldova with a new pair of boots and warm socks. Donning their new footwear, orphans are invited to select their very own hats and scarves, made especially for them by a team of loving CERI friends. This serves as a fital component of CERI's boot mission, as it is the only time many of these children ever get to pick anything out for themselves.

This December, CERI teams will fit over 7,000 orphans with new boots, hats, and scarves in order to protect them against frostbite and winter illnesses, as Moldova remains the poorest country in all of Europe. We are also excited to announce that this year, ALL winter boots will be purchased from a factory in Moldova, helping working families and the local economy of this struggling nation!

Thank you again for supporting this worthwhile project! A $25 gift will purchase and deliver one pair of boots and warm socks to an orphan in need.

*Moldova is a small, former communist country located between Ukraine and Romania.

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Boy being fit for boots by CERI volunteer
Boy being fit for boots by CERI volunteer
Moldovan boy in hat
Moldovan boy in hat
Moldovan girl in hat
Moldovan girl in hat

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Jun 8, 2012

Tortillas = Sustainability

The Matamoros Children's Home (MCH) continues to be a model of excellence among non-government organizations in Mexico. Why? Because, in a nation where economic conditions are dire, the MCH serves as a resounding gong that, with God, self-sufficiency is indeed possible!

The MCH is excited to announce the delivery of its first tortilla maker on June 25! Not only will the organization's new kitchen and tortilla maker equip the MCH to expand its care to orphans, but it will allow the home to make tortillas to sell, thereby producing additional income for the Matamoros Children's Home.

The MCH has already realized great success with its farming projects as a mode of self-sufficiency, but the addition of the new tortilla maker is sure to catapult the home to even greater heights, further impacting the lives of citizens throughout Matamoros!

"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime." Your contribution to the Matamoros Children's Home is an investment in the future of Mexico!

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