June 22, 2016 --- CERI and Project Ruth marked their fourth year in partnership, operating Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Ferentari district in Bucharest. Since 2012, the two organizations have worked to empower the Roma community through counseling, employment and vocational training. In its fourth year, the program exceeded its goals in nearly all of its five service areas!
June 10, 2016 --- CERI Moldova just finished hosting a Jungle Safari-themed summer Vacation Bible School for the children in the roma community in the village of Vulcănești. The camp featured fun games, art activities for the kids, and plenty of opportunities to learn about Jesus!
May 16, 2016 --- During the month of March, CERI’s National Program Director – Ian Anand Forber-Pratt – trained the Government of a state of 91+ million people in Eastern India on how to implement foster care in their region.
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.