The Greek word Kerus means “of the heart” or “to do something with passion.” This word captures the spirit and vision of Kerus Global Education founders Dr. Jennie Cerullo, Ph.D., and Dr. Marcia Ball, Ed.D., who share a common goal: to offer hope and better health through practical, character-based programs.
Dr. Cerullo and Dr. Ball, co-founders of Kerus, developed the It Takes Courage!Curricula Programs based on more than a decade of experience in over 50 nations. Kerus offers a multi-tiered, fully integrated approach to promoting abstinence for youth and faithfulness within marriage. A character-based curriculum, on-the-ground training, radio programming (in partnership with Trans World Radio), and mass media strategies combine to produce transformational and sustainable impact in nations, communities, and individuals around the world. Each curriculum and training component teaches and reinforces the same core messages tailored to different audiences.
Kerus believes that the Church is uniquely positioned to change the course of HIV/AIDS—to change, in fact, the course of history. Kerus Global Education works passionately to inspire and equip the local church, Christian agencies, Christian schools, and caring people of faith to courageously lead the way. The It Takes Courage! Curricula Programs are designed to help pastors and churches communicate essential life-saving messages associated with the prevention, treatment, and compassionate care of persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.