Helping moms & babies in Haiti
You are changing the lives of moms and babies. Here’s how.
Of the 5.2 million children who die around the world each year, 75 per cent die in the first year of life. Babies are at risk of death due to premature birth complications, complications during childbirth, infections, pneumonia and diarrhea. But this is preventable. With training and support, moms in poverty can be empowered to raise healthy and happy babies.
Your support helps secure access to pre- and postnatal care, skilled birth attendants and medical intervention when necessary.
Mothers are visited in their homes monthly by a Survival specialist, who offers education in prenatal care and early child-rearing as well as one-on-one biblical mentoring.
At these church-based activities, moms learn skills to earn an income and gain vital knowledge including basic literacy, the importance of breastfeeding and how to prevent malnutrition and disease. These groups combat isolation through a supportive community of mothers who, together, learn about the God who loves them.
|Average number of children in household||6|
|Average age of first-time mothers||15|
|Births attended by skilled health personnel||40|
|Stunted growth from malnutrition||22|
Health care: A pediatrician examined the Survival babies, checking babies’ eyes, ears and hearts and screening for anemia and sickle cell disease. A nurse measured babies’ height and weight each month to monitor growth. Those who needed it received vitamins to help keep babies healthy.
Celebrations: At Christmas, each beneficiary received gifts including clothes; shoes; and toys such as cars, doll houses and play kitchen utensils. In December, Survival parents celebrated together at an end-of-year party. They danced and had a lot of fun, giving them a rest from the worries of life.
Community change: Parents and children gathered on International Children’s Rights Day. Afterwards, the parents walked through the streets with signs encouraging people to protect children. On National Reforestation Day, parents learned about the importance of planting trees. Wood is used for cooking fuel and deforestation is a problem in Haiti.
Early stimulation: Moms and babies enjoy doing activities in the early stimulation room, where we also installed a mirror so babies could enjoy looking at themselves. During weekly classes, an implementer helped moms develop their babies’ curiosity. Parents love seeing their children progress as they learn about things like colours and body parts. Caregivers received age-appropriate toys to engage their children at home.
Group meetings: Parents gathered for monthly education sessions on topics such as family planning, good hygiene to prevent disease, nutrition, breastfeeding, growth and development, oral rehydration and literacy. Families also received training for what to do during natural disasters such as hurricanes. The meetings included time for discussion. Parents were happy to be able to gather in person after the centres closed due to the pandemic. The pastor held a day of prayer before reopening and on that day, one mom committed to following Jesus as her Saviour.
Income-generation skills: Caregivers learned to decorate with balloons. With this training, parents can decorate for weddings and be hired by a décor business. Some moms participated in a one-year sewing course, where they learned to sew uniforms and other items to sell and generate income.
This intervention addressed:
|Illness: Non-Communicable Diseases||2|
|Illness: Gastrointestinal Diseases||2|
|Illness subc: Skin||3|
|Illness subc: Other||1|
|Illness subc: Respiratory Tract Infection||1|
|Malnourished Babies - Severely Underweight||3|
|Illness subc: Diarrhea||1|
|Malnourished Babies - Moderately Underweight||3|
|Normal birth weights||1|