Where We Serve

Where We Serve


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova struggled to transition to a market economy. As a result of political instability and economic decline, Moldova became the poorest country in Europe. Living conditions deteriorated rapidly, especially in rural areas, and poverty was widespread. The majority of CERI programs operated in Eastern Europe are concentrated in Romania, Moldova, and a breakaway region in Moldova called Transnistria. Learn more


Children in Latin America are often victimized by poverty, neglect, high crime rates, abandonment and family violence. The majority of CERI programs in Latin America are concentrated in Mexico, one of the poorest nations in the region. Learn more


Africa is plagued with widespread poverty, HIV/AIDS pandemics, famine, bloody conflicts and civil wars, government corruption and political unrest, natural disasters like droughts and floods, and other devastating environmental and socioeconomic factors. Most of CERI’s services in Africa are centered on missions:  South Africa, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic (CAR). Learn more


CERI’s present focus in Asia is concentrated in Sri Lanka, an island nation in the northern Indian Ocean off the southern coast of India. Before the devastating tsunami struck Sri Lanka in 2004, approximately five million people were living on less than $12 per person a month. Another three million people earned just $15 per person a month. The tsunami killed more than 38,000 people, and the struggling island nation faced even more widespread poverty. Learn more


CERI India is committed to developing a foster care system in India while impacting social change that would support and strengthen family-based care and protection for children in India. India has the largest population of children in the world with over 40% (170 million) in need of care and protection, and about 5% (20 million) are estimated to be orphans, having lost one or both parents. It is estimated that by 2020 the number of orphans in India will increase to 24 million. Learn more