Each December, CERI national staff and U.S. volunteers distribute new winter boots and dry socks, along with hand-knit caps, scarves and gloves to children in Eastern Europe who are impoverished. CERI's Kids 'n Boots mission strives to prevent children from developing frostbite that is, unfortunately, all too common to harsh Eastern European winters. Every orphan identified for this mission is personally fit with a new pair of warm winter boots and dry socks by U.S. team members.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Moldova is a landlocked country between Romania and Ukraine and is the poorest country in Europe. With high levels of poverty, CERI's Kids 'n Boots mission helps orphans stay warm during winter months and below-freezing temperatures.
How will this project solve this problem?
You can help by purchasing new pairs of warm winter boots and dry socks for children who are impoverished. CERI staff and teams of U.S. volunteers personally size and outfit each child and youth identified for this mission with new winter boots and warm socks.
Potential Long Term Impact
The Kids 'n Boots mission helps prevent frostbite in children and youth who are impoverished. Frostbite is the medical condition where localized damage is caused to skin and other tissues due to freezing. At or below freezing 0 C (32 F), blood vessels close to the skin constrict, and blood is shunted away from the body's extremities. Lack of blood leads to freezing and death of skin tissue in the affected areas. Of the four degrees of frosbite, each has a varying level of pain.
Total Funding Received to Date: $22,355
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $67,645
Total Funding Goal: $90,000