Help Moms and Babies

Why child survival?

The most vulnerable people in the world are babies.

In their earliest years, children are vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and neglect. Many moms in the poorest countries around the world watch their babies die in their arms because they don’t have access to the care their precious babies need.

When a child’s needs aren’t met in these fragile years, it has a lifelong effect. Malnutrition can lead to stunted growth. Neglect can scar a child socially and emotionally. And a lack of stimulation can choke a child’s cognitive development.

But when children are developed in their earliest years, they are more likely to succeed in school. They have better health as they grow up. And as adults they earn more. Investing in child survival means children can reach their God-given potential.


How does Compassion’s Child Survival Program respond?

Our church partners give pregnant women and new mothers knowledge and resources to ensure their children not only survive but thrive in these most critical years of life. Your gift helps provide:


Pre- and postnatal care for pregnant women, including a skilled birth attendant at each birth


Health checkups, medical care and food for malnourished moms and babies


Education for moms on breastfeeding, family planning, nutrition, hygiene and disease prevention


Skills training and literacy classes so moms can begin to earn an income


Educational resources and experiences to stimulate children’s development


Social and spiritual guidance, including the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ

How does the program work?

At church

Moms attend Child Survival Program activities at a local church at least once a month, where they learn skills to earn an income and how to properly care for their babies. Together, moms participate in Bible study and worship while children engage in age-appropriate stimulation and activities.

At home

Our program implementers visit the moms and babies at home at least once a month, where the children’s health and growth are monitored. They also go through a curriculum together, tailored to the specific challenges mothers face in their country. The implementers counsel moms in the personal challenges they face and often become close and trusted friends of these mothers—many of whom felt they had no one else to turn to!

As mothers and children escape desperate poverty, they can take their first steps toward a life of promise and purpose in Jesus Christ!
Help moms and babies through Compassion’s Child Survival Program
A mother is holding her baby in her arms and smiling as she looks at the child.

The Child Survival Program in El Salvador will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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A Ugandan Mom embraces her baby

Uganda has been called the Pearl of Africa, but poverty is common, especially in rural areas. Uganda has the third highest birthrate in the world, but HIV/AIDS and other health issues keep mortality high. In the communities where Compassion serves, most people survive on less than a dollar a day.

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Jesus Manuel Ortega is always smiling. The conditions of his house are very depressing, but the CSP implementers are looking for a space where he can play safely and develop his abilities. He is held up in his mother's hands as she stands outside.

The Dominican Republic is has the largest economy in the Caribbean, but two out of every five people still lives in poverty. In the communities where Compassion serves, families survive on just a few dollars a day.

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Ecuador is a diverse country on South America’s west coast. Despite the profitability of its petroleum-based economy, one quarter of the population still lives below the poverty line.

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Haiti is a country in the Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Formerly a French colony, Haiti became the first independent colony in the world in 1804.

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Nicaragua, located in Central America, is a lush land punctuated by volcanoes. Although the economy is recovering from decades of political instability, Nicaragua remains the poorest country in Central America and one of the least developed.

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No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.