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: $41,720
Child development centre: UG0517 and UG0578
This initiative will help: 38 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 Uganda

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

Your gift will provide …

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

Physical activities: All moms will receive regular prenatal care from a health professional, and all births will be attended by a skilled medical professional. Babies suffering from malnutrition will receive nutritional support, as well as any other necessary health interventions to help with their growth and development. Moms and babies will receive immunizations and health screenings, along with appropriate interventions for illnesses and injuries. Moms will also be taught important child development lessons, including disease prevention and family planning.

Cognitive activities: Children will be encouraged to develop cognitively through play materials for use both at home and during group programming at the centres. Moms will be given opportunities for both personal cognitive growth (such as adult literacy lessons) and child development training to support their babies’ growth.

Socio-emotional activities: Church partners will work closely with moms to help develop supportive, nurturing relationships with their children and to promote mother-child bonding. Moms will also learn how to engage their babies in appropriate activities to stimulate healthy development. Counselling is available for families who need extra support.

Spiritual activities: Moms will receive a Bible within the first year of entering the program, along with regular opportunities to hear the Word of God through church services and Bible studies. Moms will be encouraged to share their testimonies with others.

Parent and family activities: We will offer to legalize marriage unions for parents who are not yet officially married. This will help to increase a sense of responsibility and commitment, as well as reduce domestic violence. Parents are also invited to participate in parenting seminars and income-generating activities.

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.


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.