Watch the Inspirational VIDEO: CERI Shoe Mission 2017
Over the last 17 years, CERI organized 20 Shoe Missions to eight countries around the world and deployed 600 volunteers to serve over 100,000 children in need of winter boots.
CERI has conducted Shoe Missions to the Republic of Moldova since 1999. Back then, this response was triggered by the deplorable condition of the 20,000+ children living in 70 orphanages across this small country. Lack of proper winter boots and gloves left frostbite marks on orphan children’s hands and feet every winter. The CERI Shoe Missions, conducted every other year in Moldova, protected the institutionalized children from frostbite. Since then, the Moldovan Government implemented the national de-institutionalization reform and reduced the number of children in orphanages to 5,000. CERI volunteers still provide winter boots to those children today!