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 Ethiopia
Your gift will provide…
Here are some of the specific activities our church partners in Ethiopia have planned:
- Physical activities:: Moms will receive pre- and post-natal checkups; babies will receive regular medical checkups and monthly growth monitoring to ensure they are growing well. Nutritional support will be provided through a monthly food basket and supplemental food will be given to babies suffering from malnutrition. Moms will also be taught important lessons, including topics like disease prevention, breastfeeding, nutrition and family planning.
- Cognitive activities: Moms will learn early stimulation techniques that will help their babies develop cognitively as well as teaching on child development. Children will be given age-appropriate educational toys and activities to help their minds develop. Moms will learn essential life skills and will be offered help with literacy.
- Socio-emotional activities: Moms will learn ways to develop supportive, nurturing relationships with their babies and to promote mother-child bonding. Church partners will facilitate community conversations and group-based activities so moms can learn from one another’s experiences and build relationships and confidence.
- Spiritual activities: Moms will receive a Bible of their own and during group meetings, we will take time to study the Bible, pray together and worship God through music. We will share the gospel with moms and will follow up with personal evangelism and offer spiritual support to the families on home visits. Babies will grow up in a nurturing environment, learning about God’s love.
- Parent and family activities: Parents will be invited to participate in income-generating activities and to receive entrepreneurship training and join self-help groups. There will also be workshops on parental education to help families develop positive parenting skills and family stability. Centre staff will visit the home and engage with all family members during these visits.
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.