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Helping moms & babies in Haiti

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The Need

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.

Our Response

Critical care
Your support helps secure access to pre- and postnatal care, skilled birth attendants and medical intervention when necessary.

Home-based care
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.

Group-based learning
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.

Haiti Stats

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

Activities

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.

Project Stats

This intervention addressed:

Full-term births 1
Illness: Non-Communicable Diseases 2
Illness: Gastrointestinal Diseases 2
Pregnancies 4
Illness subc: Skin 3
Illness subc: Other 1
Illness subc: Respiratory Tract Infection 1
Breastfeeding Moms 9
Malnourished Babies - Severely Underweight 3
Illness subc: Diarrhea 1
Malnourished Babies - Moderately Underweight 3
Normal birth weights 1

ReportA message from a caregiver

Dear friends,

I am so glad to write this letter to greet you in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

I am 23. I have one daughter. I live with my husband and my child. The place where I live is called Dupak, a locality in Chalon. It is safe for people to live with children here. When I got registered in this program, I was very glad I was welcomed by the people responsible for it. They were so happy to receive me and they encouraged me to attend the activities. I receive a food basket each month and it is helpful. In addition, my child can receive medical care.

My child was not in good health when I first got registered in the program. I received some good training on how to manage my health and my child’s health.

My child’s name is Love and she is 10 months old. She’s doing well, by the grace of God. She has started standing up and she is crawling.

I am so thankful to God for this program in my community that has brought changes in my life. I thank you in a very special way for your support to me and, thanks to it, I am living better with my child. I am praying to God to bless your family more.

Best regards,

Natalie

ReportA message from those your gift helped

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus the Almighty!

This letter is to thank you for your help to me and my family through Compassion’s Survival program. I want to thank you for the way you assist my child. Whenever he gets ill, I take him to the centre, and I receive some medications. If needed, the nurse can take him to the doctor, and they pay all the expenses. My child gets his shots. Each month I also receive a food basket.

We always receive some excellent pieces of advice during the group activities. I take non-formal sewing classes to learn how to make clothes for my child.

I do not have enough words to thank you for all you have done for me through the Survival program. I can only say thank you. I pray to God to bless you and increase everything you have in your hands.

Best regards,

Nozalie