May 13, 2016 --- The Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care of Children announced its commitment to strengthen family-based care for millions of children in India.
In villages across Sri Lanka, many mothers struggle with the harsh reality that they are unable to provide healthy food for their children to eat. Many are either too poor to put food on the table consistently, or they don’t know what healthy food is and how nutrition impacts the bodies and minds of their growing children. Children who grow up malnourished are more likely to struggle with illnesses and developmental delays, leading to more medical issues as they get older.
During a bumpy ride in the van, jostled around by traffic, dodging potholes, Dima told me he had grown up in Orphanage #2. This used to be the largest orphanage in Moldova filled with children from the city living a cold, harsh, unforgiving existence. Kids who stay at Orphanage #2 learned survival...
Almost 17 years ago to the day in February 1998, I was traveling with CERI in Chisinau, Moldova visiting the orphanages and foster families in the area. On a bitter cold snowy day as I walked through town, a young girl approached me begging for money… not an uncommon occurrence in this poverty-stricken country.
“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.