Funding required: $56,000
Child development centre: HA0355, HA0752 and HA0817
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 HaitiAverage age of first-time mothers
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Here are some of the specific activities our church partners in Haiti have planned:
Physical activities: Babies will be weighed and measured regularly to ensure that they are developing at a healthy rate. If a baby is malnourished, we will provide immediate nutritional support. Babies will also receive medical checkups, vaccinations, vitamins and treatment for parasites, as needed. We will also help babies develop their motor sensory skills. Mothers will also receive vital prenatal care.
Cognitive activities: Parents will learn how to care for their babies properly. Moms will be taught stimulation techniques to help their babies’ minds develop. We will also purchase educational toys for babies and read to them, so they can begin learning words.
Socio-emotional activities: Mothers will be taught how to interact with their children with love and how to form healthy relationships. They will grow socially through celebrations, such as birthday parties and recreational events. Staff will visit mothers and babies in their homes on a regular basis, which helps moms feel special and valued.
Spiritual activities: During group meetings, mothers will pray together, worship God, study the Bible, memorize verses and learn about the love of Jesus. Moms will also receive Bibles of their own and have opportunities to attend spiritual retreats.
Parent and family activities: Parents will learn income-generating skills, so they can provide for their families. We will also host a day for families to work together to clean up the community and help the environment. When babies are born, parents will receive gift baskets filled with items that will help them care for their newborns.
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.