Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI) is a global Christian child sponsorship organization that serves children and youth separated from their families which live in extreme poverty. Our mission is to connect children without families with safe and loving homes. Our goal for each child is a lifestyle of resiliency, determination, hope for the furure and faith in God.
Our approach features professionally delivered social services, child sponsorships, humanitarian aid campaigns and missions that address the material and spiritual needs of humanity.
The Woodlands Charity Challenge is a great way for us to raise even more for the youth in our care. Did you know that this challenge awards prizes to the cause of the top 20 athlete fundraisers? Scroll to the bottom of the page to support one of our amazing team members today!
$15,000 in additional prize donations to win
Contact us if you have questions. Go Team!
Why are we raising?
Our team is running to support a cause that is very dear to our hearts. We will run for a group of 12 girls living in a village in the Batticaloa district of Sri Lanka, who dropped out of school after middle school. The closest high school to their village is 15 km (10 miles) away and their country does not have a school bus system. These girls would have had to walk 3.5 hours every morning and 3.5 hours every afternoon, just to be able to attend high school!
When CERI learned of their situation it was too late for an intervention that would keep them in school (such as providing transportation), the girls were already out of the school system, without a chance to get re-enrolled. Today, our solution is to enroll them into Transitional Care - a CERI program that would support their vocational education and would provide all the wrap-around services they might need to succeed, including housing, counseling, case management, life skills, and even a monetary stipend for basic necessities.
In Sri Lanka, it is common for girls of this age (16, 17) to migrate to Arab and Asian countries to work as domestic servants or garment factory workers. Many face conditions of forced labor, including restrictions on movement, withholding of passports, threats, physical or sexual abuse. UNICEF data show that educating girls is extremely important. Girls that go to school beyond the mandatory level are more likely to marry later and have fewer children. Their children are better cared for and nourished. Educated women are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace. I truly believe that enrolling them in Transitional Care would spare them from the risks associated with being young, good looking, uneducated and unskilled. Watch the video below to learn more about this CERI's Transitional Care program in Moldova - a prime target country in Eastern Europe, for human trafficking.
Please, contribute to this cause and help us keep these 12 safe! It takes $1,200 to support a girl for 12 months in Transitional Care. It could take only 12 of us to raise this amount in one day :) Together we can make this happen!
Want to join our team? Join in 3 simple steps:
There is no fundraising minimum to participate, and we encourage you to set a high goal, at least $1,200 - which would cover one year of support for a girl in transitional care. (Read more below!) You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.