It was chaos from the moment Dr. Marks and his team touched down in Port-Au-Prince. They are used to responding in disasters...but nothing like this. Dr. David Marks is the Medical Director of BCFS. "We were scared. We got there at nighttime. It was hot. We knew the environment was going to be somewhat hostile."
On February 12, BCFS’ Emergency Services Division deployed a strike team to Port-au-Prince at the request of the Haiti Children’s Rescue Mission. The orphanage was sheltering a number of youth, ranging from infants to teenagers, many of whom were suffering from painful illnesses and injuries due to the quake.
Each winter for the past decade, volunteers from across the country have spent their holiday vacations in Eastern Europe with Houston-based Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI), the overseas division of BCFS, distributing snow boots, thick socks, hats and scarves to orphans. The warm wear protects against painful frostbite that is common during the harsh winter months.
Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI), the overseas division of BCFS, has tapped Natasha Parkins Maliko to serve as National Director responsible for overseeing the organization’s Memory Box Project and other initiatives in South Africa.
This month, Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) Executive Director, Dr. Dearing Garner, spoke as part of a panel addressing the issue of international health and human services for a group of students in the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work.
A group of Moldovan children and youth in CERI’s care recently set out to give back to others in need through partnership with a local church that helps people with disabilities. The church struggles to have the resources and volunteers necessary to meet all of the needs that come in. With the children’s willingness and dedication, the partnership was a perfect match!
Three special need adults and residents of Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) recently delivered 175 knitted caps to CERI to be given to orphans in Eastern Europe during the organization’s “Operation Cross the River (OCR09)” Christmas mission.
In an ongoing effort to expand already existing mission projects in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, CERI recently launched its newest initiative designed to make a difference in the lives of a large poverty-stricken populace in Mexico’s southernmost region.
Many families see it as a milestone when they are able to send their first child to college. The family of caregivers associated with Children’s Emergency Relief International is no exception. CERI established the foster care system in Sri Lanka at the government’s request after a devastating tsunami swept across the island five years ago, leaving thousands of children orphaned.