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Helping moms & babies at ES0893

You are changing the lives of moms and babies at the Caserío Puerto El Flor Survival Program. Here’s how.

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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.

El Salvador Stats

Average number of children in household 3
Average age of first-time mothers 20
Births attended by skilled health personnel 100
Stunted growth from malnutrition 14

Activities

Early stimulation: Program staff taught moms how to use age-appropriate toys, books and play mats in the early stimulation room to promote their children’s motor skills and emotional, physical and cognitive development. Each baby received an age-appropriate toy to take home. Pregnant moms also participated in relaxation exercises.

Nutrition: Moms learned about healthy nutrition and were given monthly food baskets containing a variety of nutritious foods. During home visits, program staff showed families how to cook different meals and shared information on safe food preparation. Pregnant moms received prenatal vitamins to help prevent deficiencies and keep mothers feeling healthy.

Health: Pregnant moms received prenatal care and information about labour and delivery to help promote healthy pregnancies. Postpartum moms and babies received regular medical checkups complete with laboratory tests. Babies received regular height and weight checks and were given medication and vitamins if needed. Each mom was given a mosquito need to help protect them from mosquito-borne diseases, as well as a water filter.

Group meetings: Moms gathered monthly to learn about a variety of topics such as health, childhood development and the importance of education. In June, a psychologist from the centre taught moms about healthy conflict resolution in the family. Moms learned how to have good communication at home and resolve conflicts without physically or verbally harming their children or partners.

Community: Moms were invited to several social events, including birthday parties for the babies, a Mother’s Day celebration, graduation from the Survival program, Christmas celebrations and spiritual gatherings. These events helped moms feel special and allowed them to connect with each other and develop deeper relationships. During many of these events, mothers and babies received gifts and food baskets.

Spiritual nurture: Moms were invited to attend lessons about different spiritual topics, such as accepting Jesus into their hearts and growing in their faith. Moms were given Bibles and had the opportunity to ask questions about God with program staff during home visits.

Project Stats

This intervention addressed:

Pregnancies 1
Breastfeeding Moms 5
Malnourished Babies - Moderately Underweight 1
Pastor Ramiro

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Dear supporters,

My name is Ramiro and I am the pastor at the Holistic Development Centre ES0893, which operates in Usulután, El Salvador. It is a pleasure to greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I want to thank you in the name of Jesus for such valuable support, which is fundamental for the operation of this ministry. May God bless and reward you for your generous attitude!

It is a privilege for me to help the sisters from the Survival program by sharing the gospel and praying for the family of Survival moms and babies. Thanks to your valuable support, we have been able to give attention to the mothers through medical checkups for them and for their babies, giving them support with medicines for illnesses and vitamins to prevent cases of undernourishment and with basic food packages. In addition, we have provided them Bibles for their spiritual support, mosquito nets to prevent diseases transmitted by insect bites and water filters to prevent stomach diseases caused by parasites when drinking water that is not treated properly.

Through this ministry, we have impacted the lives of many families. We make a difference by helping these families feel that they have one more option when facing difficulties with the health of their babies and their own health because the public health system is not enough to satisfy their needs. As well, the lives of the beneficiaries can be molded through the teachings they receive during talks, with themes related to taking care of their babies.

We believe that by the grace of God, we are making progress with these mothers. Among them, we have single mothers and we would like to develop workshops with them, which will allow them to start businesses in the future and thus they may generate income that may provide great relief to the needs in their homes.

After sharing with you about some of what we do in this ministry, I thank God and you for being involved in this great labour of supporting these families. We ask for your prayers for our church to continue to be of hope for more families from our community. We also ask for prayer that these mothers and children to be saved by Jesus Christ.

In Jesus,

Pastor Ramiro
Yenci

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Blessings, beloved brothers and sisters!

I hope God is blessing your lives and may He be providing you with abundant blessings! My name is Yenci and I am 33 years old. I am part of the Survival program and I live in the community Caserío El Botoncillo #2, Usulután Department in El Salvador.

First, I am so thankful to God for granting me the blessing of being part of this beautiful Survival program. I want to share with you about the great blessing that God has given me, which is my family. My husband’s name is Jaime and I have four children; my first son Roberto, my second son Elmer, my third child is my daughter Graciela and my little Helen—she turned one year old not long ago. Helen’s hair is light brown and curly, her eyes are brown and her skin is light brown. Helen is a very calm and smiley girl. She spends most of her time with me. When Helen was born, I felt very happy and when I saw her for the first time, I felt so thankful that Helen arrived into my life. She is a great blessing from God!

I joined the Survival program when Helen was four months old. The early stimulation exercises have helped her so much because they teach us the different ways to take care of my baby. They give us a basic food package every month, toys to use during the exercises with my girl, Bibles and mosquito nets. We get medical checkups and consultations, medicine and water filters.

Helen is developing her curiosity little by little and I am learning a lot with her. The way I raised her siblings was very different, and I am learning and growing as a mother. I’ve learned every child is different in his or her development.

I am very thankful to you for your work, your love and your willingness and commitment to help others. I hope God protects you, keeps you healthy and blesses your lives greatly! I ask you to please pray for my baby girl, that God will always keep her healthy so that when she grows up she always stays close to God.

I say goodbye to you with a big hug and much appreciation,

Yenci