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.