Due to current lockdown restrictions because of COVID-19, Survival support funds are being directed to urgent needs, ensuring moms, babies and their families have proper food and nutrition, hygiene, access to medical care and rent support, as needed, during the COVID-19 crisis. While social-distancing measures are in place, staff administering Survival Program initiatives are using technology, where possible, to connect, teach and encourage mothers who cannot meet together. Learn more about our COVID-19 response here.

Funding required: $33,400
Child development centre: EC0599 and EC0148
This initiative will help: 30 moms and their babies
Estimated completion date: June 30, 2021

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 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

Your gift will provide …

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

Physical activities: Babies will receive medical checkups and immunizations. They will also be weighed and measured regularly to ensure that they are developing at a healthy rate. Moms will receive prenatal care and training on child survival techniques. We will also teach mothers how to develop their babies’ motor skills.

Cognitive activities: Moms will learn essential life skills and will be offered help with literacy. As babies get older, they will be taught words, numbers, colours and shapes. They will also be given educational toys and activities to help their minds and senses develop.

Socio-emotional activities: Babies and mothers will grow socially through group activities and celebrations. Because domestic violence is a serious issue in Ecuador, we will teach mothers about their rights and the importance of keeping their children safe. Their self-esteem will also improve as they learn how valuable they are to God.

Spiritual activities: Moms will be encouraged to build a life-long relationship with Jesus. They will also grow spiritually through group devotionals and Bible studies. Babies will grow up in a nurturing environment, learning about God’s love.

Parent and family activities: We will teach parents income-generating skills so they can provide for their families. They will also be invited to attend marriage and family workshops. The families will also receive food baskets to help prevent malnutrition.

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.