The Dominican Republic is an island in the Caribbean popular with tourists for its beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. It 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. Many of the mothers in the Child Survival Program never finished school and lack vital education to keep their babies healthy.
41 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.
Nearly five times as many babies die during their first year of life in the Dominican Republic compared to Canada.
Twelve times as many women in the Dominican Republic die from pregnancy-related causes compared to Canada.
One in every 10 babies in the Dominican Republic is born with a low birthweight.
Only 10 per cent of mothers exclusively breastfeed during their babies’ first six months of life.
But this can change.
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS.
The Child Survival Program in the Dominican Republic 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.