Survival Nicaragua

Funding required: $13,220
Any excess funds will be directed to Nicaragua’s Survival country fund.
Child development centre: NI0107
This initiative will help: 15 moms and their babies
Estimated completion date: June 30, 2019

The most vulnerable people in the world are babies.

Of the 5.9 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.

How does Compassion help moms and babies survive?

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.

Survival in Los Cocos, Nicaragua

Average age of first-time mothers
Average number of children in household
Births attended by skilled health personnel
Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births
Stunted growth from malnutrition

We asked our church partner: Why are Survival initiatives necessary in Los Cocos?

In this community, extreme poverty has devastating results. Children die from preventable and treatable illnesses such as respiratory infections and diarrhea.

Your gift will provide …

Here are some of the specific activities our church partners in Los Cocos have planned:

Physical activities: We will help moms learn early stimulation techniques and games to help their babies’ physical development. Medical checkups will help make sure children are healthy and growing well.

Cognitive activities: Moms will be offered help with literacy if needed, and children will be given age-appropriate educational toys and activities to help their minds develop. We will teach moms the importance of talking to and interacting with their babies to help their cognitive development.

Socio-emotional activities: Moms and babies will learn to socialize with each other and with their peers at events such as baby showers and birthday celebrations. This will help them form healthy relationships.

Spiritual activities: Moms are encouraged to come to church and bring their babies to be presented. During our group meetings, we will worship God through music and study the Bible. Parents will also have the opportunity to be baptized.

Parent and family activities: We will offer courses for mothers so they can learn income-generating skills. This will help them develop new ways to provide for their families. We will also offer spiritual retreats, and activities to help strengthen marriages and families.

With your help, we can give babies born into poverty the essential care they need, help their mothers properly care for them during the critical prenatal months and first year of life, and set them on the path to a fulfilled life in Jesus Christ.


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.