Disaster strikes again, but thankfully CERI is on the ground floor. In mid-December, heavy rains pummeled the nation of Sri Lanka resulting in massive flooding and devastating landslides, leaving thousands – including CERI foster families – in an already hurting economy homeless.
“The people of Batticaloa, even while facing the immediate problem of feeding themselves, having seen a large portion of their livestock destroyed and almost all of their farming land gone, still saunter about with an air that is almost casual. They speak of their problems in a matter-of-fact way… They are long-since jaded and have come to the realization that you can only do so much to ask for help.” ~National Director of CERI Sri Lanka.
While several NGOs have worked alongside the Sri Lankan government to hand out dry rations and emergency supplies, CERI national staff was able to respond immediately by handing out emergency rations to CERI foster families affected by the crisis. Nevertheless, loss of homes, crops and livestock mean a tough road ahead for CERI families in Sri Lanka. The next order of business is to reconstruct and build homes for the families in the CERI program.
Would you join CERI in its initiative to boost income of Sri Lankan foster families and orphaned teens who have again lost everything? Thank you for your generous gifts!
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