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 11, 2012

New Cottages = More Children Served

Cottage
Cottage

Thank you for your support of the Matamoros Children's Home (MCH)! The success of our sustainable projects, coupled with your generous gifts, is steadily impacting lives of children in Mexico more and more with each passing year. We are pleased to report that four new children's homes, or cottages, are presently under construction. Each cottage sleeps 12 - 16 children. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to open our doors to even more hurting children in the beloved country of Mexico.

Thank you for serving these children with us!

Children
Children's Homes

Links:

Sep 5, 2012

Hope You Can See

CERI Transitional Care Graduation
CERI Transitional Care Graduation

I’m sure many people wonder, what is the result of our efforts? What happens when I give my time to CERI, or when I send my money to some far away land… is it all worth it? Frankly, many times even for the people in the field, myself included, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel or even changes in the lives of youth after so much effort… but then there are days when you get a glimpse of hope and you find the strength to continue.

One of these glimpses of hope was the graduation ceremony we organized for the 40 youth graduating CERI's Transitional Care program this year. Together with the youth, we were able to look back and see their progress, compare how they were then and now. Some of the youth said that being at the end of the ninth grade was very scary (the age when youth age out of orphanages and are sent "home" to fend for themselves). “What will happen next? Will I be able to make it? I have no plans.” They all had so many worries; the future seemed so grim. But... with the help of their social workers and CERI volunteers, these youth found a school, a place to live, and courage to move forward.

Looking at the youth now, we are so proud. Let me tell you about some of them:

Petru is an orphan (a child whose parents are deceased). His parents died when he was very young. He was very shy, with many worries, and only hoped to finish trade school and then maybe find a job in another country. But now he is a student at the University and is studying Civil Engineering. He has grown to be one of CERI's trusted volunteers, often assuming leadership roles.

Corina was a social orphan. Her mother died when she was six, but while her dad was still living, he was an alcoholic and unable to care for her. After becoming a Christian, Corina helped her father stop drinking. This year Corina entered the University, the Academy of Economics, and has recently married a Christian young man.

Nicu never thought about finishing school; he did not see the value of studying. But with much encouragement, he finished high school, passed the difficult end-of-year exam and is now passionately studying his second year in law school.

As a CERI caseworker serving the Transitional Care kids in Moldova, I now know that we can safely let go; I know our kids can make it on their own. We've taught our youth what we can, nurtured them through difficult times, and loved them no matter what. The road may be a long one in CERI's Transitional Care program, but it's a fruitful one.

Thank you all for being part of this journey!



Corina & Alex
Corina & Alex
Petru
Petru
Nicu
Nicu

Links:

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

Links:

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) on GreatNonProfits.org.