Transitional Care is one of Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) most vital programs in Moldova. Reason being, it caters to the most grossly at-risk age group – adolescents transitioning out of orphan care into “the real world.” Moldova is a former communist nation that is not only highly institutionalized but also the number one country that women and children are trafficked out of into the sex trade. This poses a significant risk to the youth of Moldova who have been raised in an institutional setting their entire lives with everything they need being given to them – albeit minimally at best. What is an adolescent to do when she reaches sixteen, the age at which she is no longer eligible for state care and, therefore, is aged out of the orphanage?
This is where CERI comes in. Through individual child sponsorships and generous donations, CERI is able to bridge the life-threatening gap between adolescence and independent adulthood. With a national staff in place in Chisinau, Moldova, CERI teaches its orphans important life skills, such as budgeting, the importance of education, and what it means to be responsible, productive members of society. Not only do most of our orphans in Transitional Care go on to pursue higher education, many go on to complete medical and law school! If it were not for our faithful supporters’ loyalty to CERI and unconditional love for Moldova’s hurting orphans, CERI would not be able to do what it does best: spread hope to the hopeless. Thank you for believing in CERI and blessing our children; they are the reason we exist!
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