Philippines

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: $51,825
Child development centre: PH0568 and PH0981
This initiative will help: 59 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 the Philippines

Average age of first-time mothers
18
Average number of children in household
5
Births attended by skilled health personnel
93%
Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births
19
Stunted growth from malnutrition
33%

Your gift will provide …

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

Physical activities: Moms and babies will receive medical checkups and health screenings, growth monitoring, immunizations, vaccinations and vitamin supplements. Lessons on topics like physical exercise, balanced diet, breastfeeding and proper hygiene care will be provided. Moms will also receive a monthly food basket and learn about malnutrition and proper nutrition for their children, supplemental food will be given to babies suffering from malnutrition.

Cognitive activities: Providing learning materials and toys for babies to help with their development and lessons for moms on child development. Livelihood training to help with income generation for their families and moms will learn essential life skills and be offered help with literacy through formal and non-formal education programs.

Socio-emotional activities: Moms and babies can participate in celebrations like birthdays, Christmas, caregiver fellowship days and Family Day where the whole family can come to participate and bond through fun interactive activities. Counseling is available to moms and guidance for any challenges or difficulties they might be facing.

Spiritual activities: Parents will receive a bible and moms will be part of small group to study the bible and participate in fellowship with other moms. During home visits staff will offer spiritual support to the family. Parents can participate in spiritual retreats and the church offers child dedications and weddings.

Parent and family activities: Families can participate in the Family Day celebrations and service activities like tree planting. Parents will be invited to participate in livelihood skills training and enhancing existing talents like sewing or cooking.

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.