May 9, 2017 --- Javeed is a bright, energetic 20-year-old living in Sri Lanka. Hardships can’t defeat his resilient spirit – even though he has had a painful childhood, he still strives to reach his goals and succeed. Tragically, Javeed never knew his mother; she died giving birth to him. Then, at the early age of 4, he faced another tragedy. His father passed away from complications caused by severe arthritis. With both parents gone, Javeed went to live with his grandmother, Seyamboo.
May 9, 2017 --- Philipraj is a kind and intelligent 21-year-old. He is always ready to give a smile to anyone he encounters. No one would suspect that he has experienced great sorrow in his life. Philipraj is the youngest of three children.
May 5, 2017 --- Jaclyn Gamez, a registered nurse, joined the CERI mission trip last year that traveled to the South African town of Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Gamez and five team members helped build sustainable gardens and supply groceries for families outside of Ladysmith.
April 2, 2017 --- CERI celebrated 100 mothers in India who are raising their children in a healthy way, laying a strong foundation for their entire community. At a unique family-strengthening event, mothers from the urban resettlement slum of Madhanpur Khadar were celebrated. This slum is prone to child trafficking, crime, drug abuse, poverty and unemployment.
April 20, 2017 --- The Second Annual BCFS Employee Giving Campaign for CERI was a great success. Over the last year, BCFS System employees donated more than $86,000 to CERI. As a result of the commitments made through this year’s Employee Giving Campaign, employee donations should reach $100,000 over the next 12 months.
April 18, 2017 --- The Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care of Children in India supported by CERI and Core Assets Group has joined Child in Need Institute in Ranchi, Jharkhand to meet with the Jharkhand State Government to plan the drafting of the State foster care guidelines.
March 13, 2017 --- CERI-India trained NGOs on alternative care with a focus on foster care for children who have experienced sexual exploitation or trafficking.
March 13, 2017 --- A team of 11 runners recruited by CERI participated in the annual Woodlands Marathon, March 4 to raise money to help 12 teenage girls in Sri Lanka finish their education.
January 27, 2017 --- When Sripriya was just 11 years old, her father died from a hernia. Then eight months later, she lost her mother in the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka in 2004. Grieving the loss of both her parents, she was forced move in with her aunt. Her unmarried aunt was not able to properly care for a child – she barely earned enough money to support herself.
December 29, 2016 --- I was at the summer camp for Orphanage #2 with a volunteer team conducting VBS for the children. We were getting ready to leave and everyone was giving and receiving last minute hugs and when a 12 year old boy, with deep blue eyes, blonde hair and a face full of freckles came up to me...