Help moms and babies in Nicaragua, survive – and thrive!

Funding required: $19,800
Child development centre: NI0206
This initiative will help: 15 moms and their babies
Estimated completion date: June 30, 2018

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 Hilario Sanchez, 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 SHilario Sanchez?

In this community, there are many pregnant women and infants and many families live in poverty. There is a need for prenatal and postnatal care for both mothers and babies as many children suffer from severe respiratory and diarrheal infections.


Your gift will provide …

Here are some of the specific activities our church partner in Hilario Sanchez has planned:

Physical activities: We will regularly monitor the growth of each baby while teaching moms about developmental milestones. We will also teach moms how to stimulate their children’s physical development through games and other activities.

Socio-emotional activities: Moms will learn ways to interact with their children with love and how to form healthy relationships. They will be encouraged to develop friendships with their peers to develop a network of support through baby showers, birthday parties, and other social events.

Spiritual activities: During our group meetings, we will take time to study the Bible and worship God through music. We will encourage mothers to attend church and will offer the opportunity for baby dedications.

Parent and family activities: We will encourage parents to attend spiritual retreats and marriage seminars to strengthen their marriages. 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


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.