Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI)'s vision is a world where every child thrives in a loving family, a safe community, and a child-friendly society.
Our Mission is to work with children, families, communities and governments to provide a family environment as the first and best option for children to grow in.
Our CERI team will run a 5K in Woodlands, Texas, on February 23, 2019***, to support a cause that is very dear to our hearts - supporting girls education in Sri Lanka. We will run for a group of 15 girls living in a remote 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, to be able to attend high school (!!!)
When we started working in their village, a few years ago, and became aware of these girls situation, it was too late for an intervention that would keep them in school (like, providing transportation), the girls were already out of the school system, without a chance to get re-enrolled. Our solution for them today is to support their vocational education and provide all the wrap-around services (counseling, stipend, case management, life skills, shelter, etc.) so they may succeed in advancing their education and reach their life goals.
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 shows that educating girls is extremely important. Girls that go to school beyond middle school 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. We truly believe that enrolling these 15 girls in vocational training protects them from the risks associated with being young, good looking, uneducated and unskilled.
Watch the video below to learn more about a similar program we developped in Moldova (Eastern Europe's target country for human trafficking).
Please, contribute to this cause and help us keep these 15 safe! It takes $10,00 to support a vocational school in their village for one year, plus offer them the necessary services to thrive. Together we can make this happen!
Thank you and stay tuned for more updates on social media!
***The 2K and 5K are on 2/23/19. The Half Marathon, Marathon and Marathon Relay are on 3/2/19
Join our team in 3 simple steps:
There is no fundraising minimum to participate, and we encourage you to set a high goal, at least $1,000. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. The Woodlands Marathon Management awards the following additional donations to the nonprofits of the highest athlete fundraisers.
$12,500 in additional prize donations to win