05 June 2017

Opening Doors campaign in MD has a new partner – CERI International

 

Chisinau, June 5 2017 – “Opening Doors for Europe’s Children” European campaign became stronger in Moldova due to a new national partner who joined us – CERI International (https://cerikids.org/what-we-do/eastern-europe). Thus, CERI has become the 8thorganization-partner of the campaign that supports strengthening families and promotes the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care for all children of Moldova.

“We have decided to join this campaign because it totally resonates with our activities in Moldova, but also to the values we embrace. We are here to help disadvantaged families to overcome their economic and social challenges to raise their children in a warm and happy environment of a home”, said Ecaterina Babin, National Programme Director of CERI International in Moldova.

CERI (Children’s Emergency Relief International) is a faith-based organization, which provides child centered services and programmes through family and community empowerment and the development of a child friendly society. CERI has been operating in Moldova for 16 years and the main programmes are focused on placing orphans within a family environment. There, not only do they receive shelter, clothing, and food, but also love, care, and social and interpersonal skills. Another programme run by CERI is focused on care leavers – adolescents who have graduated from the institutions. The CERI team ensures that they receive an education and develop social skills, which will help their successful social inclusion and personal development as responsible and happy adults. The adolescents receive life skills training and financial support to continue their education, and are also involved in volunteer work.

“By each new member, our voice becomes stronger and our messages are heard by more people – families, partners, central and local authorities, and donors”, said Liliana Rotaru, the President of CCF/HHC Moldova – the national coordinator of the campaign in Moldova.

Opening Doors for Europe’s Children was launched as a pan-European campaign in June 2013, and the second Phase of the campaign started on December 1st 2016. The campaign aims to support national efforts to develop child protection systems that strengthen families and ensure high-quality family and community-based alternative care for children, by leveraging EU funding and policy and building capacity of civil society organisations. It is a partnership between 5 international organisations and civil society organisations across 15 European countries, including our country.

In Moldova, the campaign, the campaign is coordinated by CCF/HHC Moldova and is supported by the following civil society organizations: the Alliance of NGOs working in the field of child and family social protection (APSCF), Amici Dei Bambini, AVE COPIII, Keystone Human Services International Moldova, Partnerships for Every Child and ‘Speranta’ Resource Centre and CERI International.

Hundreds of thousands of children across Europe are growing up in institutional care. The consequences are devastating: for children, families and society. Working with a network of national partners, the campaign builds partnerships to advocate for policies and public investment that strengthen families and support the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care. In Moldova, the campaign advocates for continuation of child protection system reform, development of community and family based services, stop institutionalization of children under 3 years and appropriate funding of social services.

For more details about the campaign, please access http://www.openingdoors.eu/

 

For more details:

Lina Botnaru, Communication and Advocacy Coordonator,

CCF/HHC Moldova

Tel: 060637070, e-mail: lina.botnaru@ccfmoldova.org

 

Ecaterina Babin, National Programme Director,

Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI)

Ceucari 5/8 str., ap.71-72 | Chisinau, MD-2020

office/fax: +(373) 226-244-40 | cell +(373) 698-385-18  

website: www.cerikids.org | direct 210.283.5142