Survival in Santo Domingo del Onzole, Esmeraldas, Ecuador
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 Santo Domingo del Onzole?
In this community, most families live in extreme poverty. Many mothers and babies suffer from malnutrition. Domestic violence and discrimination against children and women are also prevalent. Mothers and babies in this area need life-saving help. These moms also need to hear about the love of Jesus and learn that they are created in God’s image.
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Here are some of the specific activities our church partner in Uwinkomo has planned:
Babies will receive medical checkups and important immunizations. We will also teach activities to help children develop their fine motor skills. Mothers will be given vital prenatal care. Families enrolled in the program will receive baskets filled with nutritious food to help prevent malnutrition.
We will teach moms the importance of talking to and interacting with their babies to help cognitive development. Moms will also be offered help with literacy. As babies grow, we will help their minds develop by teaching them words, numbers, colours and shapes.
Moms will learn ways to interact with their children with love and how to form healthy relationships. We will talk to mothers about their rights to help prevent domestic violence. Mothers and babies will develop socially through group activities and celebrations.
We will study the Bible and enjoy devotions together. Since many mothers in this area struggle with low self-esteem, we will teach moms how valuable they are to God. Babies will grow up learning about the love of Jesus.
Parent and family activities:
Parents will have the opportunity to attend marriage workshops, which will help strengthen families. We will also teach income-generating skills so parents can learn ways to provide for their 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 Chris