Funding required: $17,600
Child development centre: HA0781
This initiative will help: 15 moms and their babies
Estimated completion date: June 30, 2018
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 Cité Chauvel, Haiti
Average age of first-time mothers 12
Average number of children in household 8
Births attended by skilled health personnel 40%
Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births 52
Stunted growth from malnutrition 22%
We asked our church partner: Why are Survival initiatives necessary in Cité Chauvel?
Many teenage girls in this community become pregnant and do not have the resources or training to care for their babies. Heath care is also a serious problem in this community. Moms do not have access to vaccines for their babies and children often suffer from malnutrition, malaria and typhoid.
Your gift will provide …
Here are some of the specific activities our church partner in Cité Chauvel has planned:
- Physical activities: Babies will receive medical checkups and vaccinations, which often save lives. We will regularly monitor the growth of each baby, while teaching moms about developmental milestones. Babies who are malnourished will be given food supplements, vitamins and follow-up care. Moms will receive vital prenatal care, as well as gift baskets filled with items such as newborn clothing and blankets.
- Cognitive activities: Children will be given age-appropriate educational toys to help their minds develop. Moms will learn the importance of talking to and interacting with their babies to help with cognitive development. We will also offer literacy classes to moms, as needed.
- Socio-emotional activities: Through home visits, moms will learn how to build healthy relationships as they share their lives with staff members and pray together. Moms will also develop socially as they participate in service projects for the community and attend birthday celebrations for their babies.
- Spiritual activities: We will help moms grow spiritually through Bible studies, prayer groups, spiritual retreats and worship. Moms will hear about the love of Jesus and they will have the opportunity to commit their lives to Him. Parent and family activities: Parents will learn income-generating skills so they can provide for their families. They will also attend parenting conferences.
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.