The CERI team in Coatzacoalcos is dedicated to walking the streets of nearby colonias (impoverished neighborhoods) to deliver groceries to local families and identify unmet needs.
During one of our trips to the colonias, we met Alexander, a bright-eyed 6-year-old boy. At the corner of the “Niños Héroes" street, we spotted a house with piles of plastic bottles and old iron outside. We approached the home to investigate the living conditions there and saw the roof was made of sheet metal and the walls were merely cardboard.
Alex and his mother lived in the makeshift home. Alex’s father abandoned them, and his older brother left shortly thereafter. This made Alex start to act out. He became extremely aggressive and his behavior was troubling to his mother.
Alex’s mother supports Alex and his younger brother by gathering plastic bottles from the trash to recycle. We introduced the family to CERI, and explained how CERI could help Alex by meeting his physical, emotional and spiritual needs through the Child Relief and Support Program (CRSP).
Now, Alex is a healthy, happy child whose behavior has improved drastically. We help provide the family groceries each month, which makes Alex very happy. CERI also organizes Saturday school at his local church and Alex enjoys helping the CERI team at these events.
Our reward is seeing Alex’s bright smile!
ALBERTO GARCIA, CERI National Staff in Mexico
CERI’s Child Relief and Support Program (CRSP) in Latin America provides school-age children with basic necessities and educational games and activities.
This is the season when we pause to remember everything for which we are most grateful. For CERI, we pause to remember you. While so many are hurting around the world, you have been there, helping CERI to lessen the suffering. You have been faithful from the beginning, and we are sincerely grateful.
Earlier this year, CERI implemented its Child Relief and Support Program (CRSP) in Latin America. This program reaches school-age children with basic necessities and educational games and activities. We hope you enjoy these recent photos of the CRSP at work. Thank you!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
It has barely been a year since CERI implemented its Child Relief and Support Program (CRSP) in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz (Mexico). As a follow-up to this new sponsorship program designed to reach children living in extreme poverty, CERI returned to Coatzacoalcos this summer with a medical mission team.
Dr. Saul Camacho, MD (CERI's Senior Advisor to Latin America) led a team of mission volunteers in a medical mission that was open to the public, treating children and families from surrounding communities. Many families traveled miles on foot just to receive the blessing of qualified medical treatment.
CERI Missions & Sponsorship Coordinator Billie Earley reported the remarkable sparkle in the eyes of children and adults alike as they received care from the CERI mission team. While their lives are wrought with hardships of many kinds, CERI missions never fail to inspire hope and demonstrate to hurting people that someone truly care.
Summer is officially upon us! For many of us, that means plans for a summer of fun with friends and family, ocean and waves, picnics and BBQs, hikes at dawn, and ballgames at the park. For CERI, summer means mission trips traveling the globe to help children in need.
This summer CERI will be in Moldova for the sponsor trip, a special opportunity for child sponsors to spend quality time with the children and youth they support through child sponsorships. Also in Moldova, teams from across the U.S. will travel in and out of the country all summer long conducting fun summer camps for children and youth.
Teams will also serve in Mexico and Paraguay through medical missions, while teams return to South Africa and Sri Lanka to plant sustainable trench gardens and encourage the continued development and growth of CERI’s microenterprise program. Mission season comes to an end with our December Kids ‘n Boots mission to Moldova where teams of volunteers personally fit children in need with brand new warm, winter boots.
Your gifts continue to impact children in need of child sponsors in Mexico! Thank you for trusting CERI to be a vessel of your generosity to the world. On behalf of the those we serve every single day…
Gracias ~ Multumesc ~ Ngiyabonga
It's official! Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) has launched a new child sponsorship program in Mexico! Known as the "Child Relief and Support Program" (CRSP), CERI now reaches school-age children in impoverished communities in Veracruz. The CRSP program meets the physical needs of children who are deprived with food, clothing, and shelter. The program also provides support for educational, social, and spiritual development.
Thanks to your gifts on GlobalGiving, children are able to be enrolled in the CRSP program before they have a child sponsor. We are so grateful to you for your generous support, as this type of work takes a community. On behalf of the children CERI serves every single day across the globe, thank you for being a part of our GlobalGiving community!
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