“We could survive on biscuits when there was nothing else to eat,” said Mithuja’s grandmother. “CERI cared for us and never left our side. They kept us in a safe place until the flood receded and offered groceries and medicine. They built a shelter for us.”
Cristina was born in Moldova, the youngest sibling of four older brothers. Her mother was addicted to alcohol and became increasingly violent and abusive as her drinking worsened. She brutally beat Cristina, while her father did nothing to protect her. Her father neglected Cristina and her brothers, staying away from home as much as possible to avoid the harsh reality that his family was suffering.
Thanks to the compassion & generosity of our volunteers and donors, the Winter Shoe Mission was a success! Check out a few memorable moments from this year's trip, and like us on Facebook for more photos.
Looking sharp in his black suit, it’s hard to tell Meenojan’s successful demeanor masks the tragic experiences he suffered as a child. When he was just four years old, his mother died of cancer. Shortly after, his father abandoned the family. In an instant, his whole life changed.
Belciug has been a part of CERI for nearly 10 years. As National Director of the organization’s office in Moldova, she was part of the leadership team that designed and implemented CERI’s operations throughout Eastern Europe; touching the lives of thousands along the way – including many U.S.-based supporters who travelled abroad for CERI mission trips.
Anita Ramesh, CERI National Director - Sri Lanka, was interviewed by a U.S. college student about the struggle many young girls face toward getting an education. She offers insight as a highly educated professional woman in a country that places greater value on educating men.
There are big changes taking place at Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI). As our partner in ministry and mission, I wanted to ensure you had full visibility of the latest happenings.
The sewing club at the Naomi Center began its fourth year in June. Some of the women have now participated in the program for one, two, and several for all three years and have thus refined their skills such that they are producing their items with increased precision and in record time.
Thank you to all of CERI's faithful friends and partners in ministry who celebrated with us at the annual benefit dinner, A Passport to CERI! Approximately $40,200 was raised to be used in the service of children in extreme poverty overseas.
On December 23, 2014, nearing the tenth anniversary of the devastating 2004 tsunami that claimed more than 226,000 souls, CERI received notification of torrential rainfall in Sri Lanka. In only a few days, the rains sparked massive flooding and mudslides, driving thousands out of their homes — and CERI into action.