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We pursue every child’s right to a loving family.

Our Approach

It takes systemic change to transform the way we care for children.

Where We Serve

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Sri Lanka

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South Africa

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Moldova

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India*

Guatemala*

* Where we work through partners.

Our Team

CONNIE BELCIUG

Connie
Belciug

Executive Director

USA

ian anand forber pratt

Ian
Forber-Pratt

Deputy Executive Director

USA

EILEEN NEAVE PURKEYPILE

Eileen
Neave Purkeypile

Director of Marketing & Development

USA

Angela Mahoney

Angela
Mahoney

Sponsorship & Communications Coordinator

USA

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Ebenezer Dharshan Vijayaretnam

Ebenezer Dharshan
Vijayaretnam

National Director

SRI LANKA

Sohani Fernando

Sohani
Fernando

National Child Protection Consultant

SRI LANKA

Alina Grecova

Alina
Grecova

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Michael Niroshan Devarajah

Michael
Niroshan
Devarajah

Project Officer

SRI LANKA

Olga Sofrone

Olga
Sofrone

Chief Accountant

MOLDOVA

Thigashan Sounthrarajah

Thigashan
Sounthrarajah

Chief Accountant

SRI LANKA

Nompumelelo Patience Zwane

Nompumelelo Patience
Zwane

Interim National Director

SOUTH AFRICA

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Siphesihle
Khumalo

Program Director

SOUTH AFRICA

Jeyanthira Jesse Pratheejanan

Jesse
Pratheejanan Jeyanthira

Case Manager

SRI LANKA

Natalia Florea

Natalia
Florea

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Pavena Mohanarajah

Pavena
Mohanarajah

Communications Officer

SRI LANKA

Valeria Gaitur

Valeria
Gaitur

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Devashish Mishra

Devashish
Mishra

National Child Protection Consultant

INDIA

IRINA ROTARU

Irina
rotaru

National Director

MOLDOVA

Mary Vijitha Chryshanthan

Mary Vijitha
Chryshanthan

Case Manager

SRI LANKA

Nolwazi Mfeka

Nolwazi
Mfeka

Administrative & Sponsorship Coordinator

SOUTH AFRICA

Primrose Happiness Mohlakoane

Primrose Happiness
Mohlakoane

Case Manager

SOUTH AFRICA

Lilly Gossmann Montenegro

Lilly Gossmann
Montenegro

National Child Protection Consultant

GUATEMALA

Aliona Vozan

Aliona
Vozan

Case Manager

MOLDOVA

Mathanawathy Vijayarajah

Mathanawathy
Vijayarajah

Case Manager

SRI LANKA

Nomusa Prisca Sithole

Nomusa Prisca
Sithole

Case Manager

SOUTH AFRICA

Tharniya Thavendran

Tharniya
Thavendran

Project Assistant

SRI LANKA

CONNIE BELCIUG
CONNIE BELCIUG
Executive Director
usa
ian anand forber pratt
IAN FORBER-PRATT
Director of Global Advocacy & Growth
usa
EILEEN NEAVE PURKEYPILE
EILEEN NEAVE PURKEYPILE
Director of Marketing & Development
usa
Angela Mahoney
ANGELA MAHONEY
Sponsorship & Communications Coordinator
usa
Ebenezer Dharshan Vijayaretnam
EBENEZER DHARSHAN VIJAYARETNAM
National Director
sri lanka
SIPHESIHLE KHUMALO
Program Director/Social Worker
south africa
Devashish Mishra
DEVASHISH MISHRA
National Child Protection Consultant
India
Lilly Gossmann Montenegro
LILLY GOSSMANN MONTENEGRO
National Child Protection Consultant
guatemala
Sohani Fernando
SOHANI FERNANDO
National Child Protection Consultant
sri lanka
IRINA ROTARU
IRINA ROTARU
National Director
moldova
Alina Grecova
ALINA GRECOVA
Case Manager
moldova
ALIONA VOZAN
ALIONA VOZAN
Case Manager
moldova
Jeyanthira Jesse Pratheejanan
JESSE PRATHEEJANAN JEYANTHIRA
Case Manager
sri lanka
Mary Vijitha Chryshanthan
MARY VIJITHA CHRYSHANTHAN
Case Manager
sri lanka
Mathanawathy Vijayarajah
MATHANAWATHY VIJAYARAJAH
Case Manager
sri lanka
Michael Niroshan Devarajah
MICHAEL NIROSHAN DEVARAJAH
Project Officer
sri lanka
Natalia Florea
NATALIA FLOREA
Case Manager
moldova
Olga Sofrone
OLGA SOFRONE
Chief Accountant
moldova
Pavena Mohanarajah
PAVENA MOHANARAJAH
Communications Officer
sri lanka
Thigashan Sounthrarajah
THIGASHAN SOUNTHRARAJAH
Chief Accountant
sri lanka
Tharniya Thavendran
THARNIYA THAVENDRAN
Project Assistant
sri lanka
Valeria Gaitur
VALERIA GAITUR
Case Manager
moldova

How We’ve Grown

1999
Our Start
After seeing children on the streets of Moldova, President & Founder, Kevin Dinnin, started Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) to give all children the opportunity to grow in a loving family.
1999
2004
A Helping Hand
After a devastating tsunami hit Sri Lanka in 2004, we helped find loving homes for hundreds of children left without parents. LEARN MORE
2004
2009
The HIV Epidemic
The HIV epidemic left millions of children orphaned in South Africa. CERI began a project to provide trauma counseling to orphans and their caregivers. LEARN MORE
2009
2016
Advocating for Children
In 2016, we expanded to India by partnering with government to create laws that keep children safe in families. Today, our work of protecting children continues to expand to other countries. LEARN MORE
2016
2021
Protecting Childhood
In 2021, our focus shifted from preventing orphanhood to a more all-encompassing approach: protecting childhood. When we strengthen and support the family, we help children thrive. LEARN MORE
2021

Childhood is at risk and you can change that.

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