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We pursue every child’s right to a loving family.

Our Approach

It takes systemic change to transform the way we care for children.

Where We Serve

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Sri Lanka

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South Africa

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Moldova

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India*

Guatemala*

* Where we work through partners.

Our Team

CONNIE BELCIUG

Connie
Belciug

Executive Director

USA

ian anand forber pratt

Ian
Forber-Pratt

Deputy Executive Director

USA

EILEEN NEAVE PURKEYPILE

Eileen
Neave Purkeypile

Director of Marketing & Development

USA

Angela Mahoney

Angela
Mahoney

Sponsorship & Communications Coordinator

USA

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Ebenezer Dharshan Vijayaretnam

Ebenezer Dharshan
Vijayaretnam

National Director

SRI LANKA

Sohani Fernando

Sohani
Fernando

National Child Protection Consultant

SRI LANKA

Jeyanthira Jesse Pratheejanan

Jesse
Pratheejanan Jeyanthira

Case Manager

SRI LANKA

Natalia Florea

Natalia
Florea

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Tharniya Thavendran

Tharniya
Thavendran

Project Assistant

SRI LANKA

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Siphesihle
Khumalo

Program Director/Social Worker

SOUTH AFRICA

IRINA ROTARU

Irina
rotaru

National Director

MOLDOVA

Mary Vijitha Chryshanthan

Mary Vijitha
Chryshanthan

Case Manager

SRI LANKA

Olga Sofrone

Olga
Sofrone

Chief Accountant

MOLDOVA

Valeria Gaitur

Valeria
Gaitur

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Devashish Mishra

Devashish
Mishra

National Child Protection Consultant

INDIA

Alina Grecova

Alina
Grecova

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Mathanawathy Vijayarajah

Mathanawathy
Vijayarajah

Case Manager

SRI LANKA

Pavena Mohanarajah

Pavena
Mohanarajah

Communications Officer

SRI LANKA

Lilly Gossmann Montenegro

Lilly Gossmann
Montenegro

National Child Protection Consultant

GUATEMALA

Aliona Vozan

Aliona
Vozan

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Michael Niroshan Devarajah

Michael
Niroshan
Devarajah

Project Officer

SRI LANKA

Thigashan Sounthrarajah

Thigashan
Sounthrarajah

Chief Accountant

SRI LANKA

How We’ve Grown

1999
Our Start
After seeing children on the streets of Moldova, President & Founder, Kevin Dinnin, started Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) to give all children the opportunity to grow in a loving family.
1999
2004
A Helping Hand
After a devastating tsunami hit Sri Lanka in 2004, we helped find loving homes for hundreds of children left without parents. LEARN MORE
2004
2009
The HIV Epidemic
The HIV epidemic left millions of children orphaned in South Africa. CERI began a project to provide trauma counseling to orphans and their caregivers. LEARN MORE
2009
2016
Advocating for Children
In 2016, we expanded to India by partnering with government to create laws that keep children safe in families. Today, our work of protecting children continues to expand to other countries. LEARN MORE
2016
2021
Protecting Childhood
In 2021, our focus shifted from preventing orphanhood to a more all-encompassing approach: protecting childhood. When we strengthen and support the family, we help children thrive. LEARN MORE
2021

Childhood is at risk and you can change that.

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