CERI Micro-Enterprise (Sri Lanka)

by Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) Site Visit Verified


This project will help 32 Sri Lankan foster parents and adolescents orphaned by the civil war and the 2004 tsunami gain financial self-sufficiency by starting a new, or expanding an existing, small business.

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Since 2004, CERI foster care program has placed 180 orphans, ages 6-16, with loving families in Batticaloa (Eastern Province war-affected town) and Weligama (Southern Province's tsunami-afflicted coastal town). CERI caseworkers provide orphans with academic support, medical aid, and loss/trauma counseling, and train foster parents and teenage orphans in financial management. Yet, many foster families struggle to make both ends meet and still depend on the financial support provided.


This project will provide start-up capital to indigent residents in Weligama and Batticaloa so they can launch a business, earn additional income, and ultimately achieve financial self-sufficiency.

Long-Term Impact

The project will improve the well-being of communities shattered by the 26-year civil war (ended in 2009) and the devastating 2004 tsunami. It will empower budding entrepreneurs, create new jobs, and thus help revive the local economy.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


CERI Work in Sri Lanka
Young woman aided by CERI bound for college
Fundraiser for CERI's Work with Sri Lankan Orphans
United Nations' Children's Fund in Sri Lanka

Organization Information

Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)

Location: Kingwood, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.CERIkids.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)
Krista Piferrer
Project Leader:
Krista Piferrer
Kingwood, Texas United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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