One woman’s impact through generosity

Donna with a child in Sri Lanka

One woman’s impact through generosity

Donna with a child in Sri Lanka

In 1984, Donna Coroiescu and her husband left communist Romania with four small bags and two children who were only a few months old. Donna and her family came to the U.S. legally as Christian, political refugees.

In their first years in the country, Donna and her husband, Dinel, took on any jobs available. “I started cleaning houses, I cut grass, we painted,” said Donna. “We did anything and everything we could just to make something for ourselves.”

Dinel and Donna now own and operate D & D Roof Services, Inc., a top commercial roofing contractor in the U.S. Theirs is the story of the American dream as told in movies and myths.

“If you don’t believe that miracles happen today, I am one of the miracles,” Donna said, referring to her family’s journey and everything she has had to learn, including managing the company’s finances.

Helping Children in Moldova, India, Central Africa, and Sri Lanka

Donna has built a life without a blueprint. What her family owns today came despite the little help they received from strangers and the barriers they had to overcome. Donna has not forgotten the challenges that exist in other parts of the world like those she faced in her childhood. She has been incredibly generous as a donor and supporter of CERI for the last 20 years, traveling as often as four times a year to help children and their families in Moldova, India, Sri Lanka, and other countries.

Donna and CERI volunteers would visit three orphanages, a handicap institution, and three villages on their many trips to Moldova, delivering medicine and boots through truly personal connections. Today, Donna is passionate about supporting the work CERI does in India and Sri Lanka to empower women.

Empowered Women Empower Women

“Women and young girls – even as young as 6 years old – are abused … and I feel that we can teach those women that they don’t have to stay in that situation,” said Donna. She believes girls’ education and an understanding of their own strength will lead to their best futures.

“One of the things that’s really on my heart is the fact that women are considered just a necessity,” said Donna. She knows that women in many countries are told daily that they’re nothing more than an accessory to the men in their lives.

“I think that if we can teach women that the most important thing for their daughters is education – is teaching them to be strong – it will change their minds and their way of looking at life.” – Donna

In the future, Donna hopes to go on a medical mission to India or Sri Lanka and to continue connecting with people around the world, reminding them, especially women and girls, that they are strong and capable.

When asked which women are shaping history today, Donna mentions Elaine Hamilton, a friend of nearly three decades. “She is a very strong Christian woman, and her heart is into missions,” said Donna. “She’s been such a great example of a humble servant.”

Advocating for Children

Donna also sees history being made under the leadership of Connie Belciug, CERI’s Executive Director. “I love her dedication to help others – her heart and love for vulnerable children and women,” said Donna. “I’ve been with her on several mission trips, and I just love watching her interact with the women and children, and her passion for trying to work with the government to assure that those children get an education, have a better life, and have a roof over their head.”

It is not only women in the modern world that Donna admires for the history they have made. Biblical women, like Ruth, also shape Donna’s path in life. “What fascinates me about Ruth’s story is that she was just an ordinary woman – she didn’t have any wealth or position – but she was so brave and her faith was so strong,” says Donna.

Donna volunteering on a medical mission trip in India (2019)
Donna volunteering on a medical mission trip in India (2019)

A Christian Organization that Gives Back

The book of Ruth is only a few pages in the Bible, but within its four short chapters is a story that altered Christian history. Ruth’s son, Obed, was the grandfather of King David. In the lineage of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Ruth is one of only four women named in a list dominated by men. Ruth left her hometown to save her family’s legacy and its future. Without Ruth’s loyalty to her mother-in-law and to God, the lineage that led to Christ may have been very different.

“To me, her bravery, faith, and obedience can encourage us to be better followers of Christ,” Donna said.

Beyond Ruth’s story, the Bible is a guide to Donna’s life every day. It is the reason she donates her time and money to CERI. “Just the fact that God gave his son; it’s almost impossible for me not to give back,” she said.

Your generosity changes lives.

Join us in protecting childhood by providing support to women and children around the world.

New Look – Same Vision

Father with foster child in Moldova

We have a bold vision for children worldwide and are thrilled to share our new brand with you.

“We envision a world where every child thrives in a loving family, a safe community, and a child-friendly society.”

Together, we’ve been protecting childhood for a long time. That mission—and CERI’s work across the globe—is still the same.

Psalm 82:3 says, “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” And James 1:27 reminds us “to look after orphans and widows in their distress”.

God has called us to stand up for kids without a family. For years, you’ve helped us do just that. But with over 2.7 million children living in orphanages, 10 million displaced children, and 356 million more living in extreme poverty, there is still work to do.

Children are separated from their families for a number of reasons—not just the death of one or both parents. Whatever their situation, children around the world need our support in order to grow in the best environment possible: a loving family. And as we look to the future, we see new opportunities to protect the childhood of even more kids.

Joyful Children in South Africa

Why the new brand? 

Our new brand is about so much more than a logo. It’s about capturing the innocence and joy of childhood. And it’s about telling a story of hope.   

Each of us only gets one childhood, and we believe every childhood is worth fighting for. The feeling of playing hopscotch on a warm day with friends or settling in for a meal around the table with family… these are the moments we work to protect. 

With a fresh font and bright colors like orange, yellow, and coral, our new brand captures the hope and joy of childhood. This helps us tell the CERI story powerfully across the globe.  

What does the logo mean?

Our new logo is made up of 4 parts. Each one stands for the tangible work we do to protect children.

CERI Logo Rebrand
  1. We care for children by meeting all their basic needs.
  2.  We strengthen the family to provide everything a child needs to grow.
  3. We work with community leaders to provide important services for families.
  4.  We partner with governments to change systems and develop laws that help children thrive.

As we begin a new chapter for CERI, we invite you to recommit to God’s call to care for orphans and their families. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Millions of kids are living without a family. Millions more are at risk of losing theirs. We know that family changes everything, and with God on our side, positive change is possible.

Today is the best day to start protecting childhood.

Do you want to help more kids without a family?