Nicaragua

Funding required: $40,000
Child development centre: NI0267, NI0262 and NI0266
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 Nicaragua

Average age of first-time mothers
15
Average number of children in household
3
Births attended by skilled health personnel
88%
Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births
19
Stunted growth from malnutrition
23%

Your gift will provide …

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

Physical activities: We will teach moms how to engage their babies in early stimulation exercises and games to enhance their physical development. Moms and babies will receive regular medical checkups to ensure their babies are growing well and meeting important milestones and will receive early intervention when necessary.

Cognitive activities: Moms will be offered help with literacy if needed, and babies will be given age-appropriate educational toys and activities to help their minds develop. We will teach moms the importance of talking to and interacting with their babies to help with cognitive development.

Socio-emotional activities: Baby showers and birthday parties are fun events where moms and babies will be able to come together to celebrate and build friendships. This helps remind parents how valuable their children are and that life is worth celebrating. Moms will learn ways to interact with their babies with love and learn how to form healthy relationships.

Spiritual activities: During our group meetings, we will take time to study the Bible and worship God through music. Parents will be encouraged to bring their children to church, and we will offer the chance for baby dedications. Parents will be encouraged in their relationship with God through spiritual retreats. Moms will be invited to make a public declaration of their faith through baptism.

Parent and family activities: We will offer to perform weddings for couples to legalize their unions and provide more stability for their relationships and their children. We will also teach income-generating skills so moms can learn ways to provide for their families.

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.