Jessica Colinger (17) prayed for several years for an opportunity to return to her home country of Moldova. She dreamed of telling the orphans there of the faith and hope she had God, and that He had a plan for their lives. Year after year as Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) boot mission rolled around, Jessica prayed that her sister, Julyia (16), would go with her.
One special Sri Lankan family is going to start 2011 with a dream come true: a home of their own. Thanks to its Reeder Global Emergency Fund, Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI) is going to build a safe and sturdy home for one needy foster family.
Mrs. Nallammah, 60, is a widowed hostel administrator in the town of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. Three of her four adult children live abroad, and she looks after her grandson. Struggling to make ends meet, Mrs. Nallammah began moonlighting as a seamstress and joined a grassroots network established by CERI to provide small loans to the budding entrepreneurs in Mrs. Nallammah’s community.
Mrs. M. Shanthakumary, 50, lives in Eravur, eastern Sri Lanka. Her husband is an unskilled, low-paid laborer. In addition to two school-age children of their own, the couple has adopted a nine year-old Hindu girl.
How poor is an orphan? Poor enough to say, “The first present that I ever received was a new pair of boots and socks from the Americans.” 8,112 pairs of boots are being loaded unto a ship this week and will arrive in Moldova before Thanksgiving for volunteers to personally give to orphans.
In anticipation of Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) annual winter boot mission, residents from Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) knitted more than 375 warm wool hats to protect orphaned and impoverished children in Eastern Europe from frostbite.
Children’s Emergency Relief International’s (CERI) Executive Director, Dr. Dearing Garner, and his team recently took part in a three day meeting in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where the focus was all about building resiliency and healing in children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.