El Salvador

Funding required: $46,000
Child development centre: ES0906, ES0843 and ES0799
This initiative will help: 45 moms and their babies
Estimated completion date: June 30, 2019

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 El Salvador

Average age of first-time mothers
15
Average number of children in household
3.5
Births attended by skilled health personnel
98%
Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births
14
Stunted growth from malnutrition
14%

Your gift will provide …

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

Physical activities: Babies will receive medical checkups, vaccinations, vitamins and medicine, when needed. Moms will be offered vital prenatal care. Each month, families will be given baskets filled with nutritious food to prevent malnutrition. They will also receive insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

Cognitive activities: Mothers will learn early stimulation techniques that will help their babies develop cognitively. We will also offer moms help with literacy and encourage them to continue their education, so they can find stable employment. Every quarter, babies will be given new educational toys that will help their minds develop.

Socio-emotional activities: We will teach moms how to interact with their children with love and how to form healthy relationships. They will also grow socially as they attend birthday parties, retreats, baby showers and a “Children’s Day” celebration. Babies will grow socially through group activities.

Spiritual activities: During meetings, we will study the Bible, pray together and worship God. Mothers will learn about the love of Jesus and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with Him. The churches will hold baptisms, baby dedications and weddings for parents who would like to be married. Babies will grow up learning about God’s love.

Parent and family activities: Parents will learn how to start gardens, so they will have healthy food. They will also be taught income-generating skills, which will help them provide for their children. We will offer parents family planning workshops, marriage retreats and counselling.

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.

 
80%

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.