Sometimes children need further assistance than what can be provided through sponsorship alone. That’s where Critical Interventions help. By specifically addressing the unique issues affecting a child, their family or their community, Critical Interventions help boost the impact sponsorship can make in a child’s life.
Critical Interventions remove obstacles that could hinder the healthy development of a child through initiatives like digging clean water wells, building classrooms and toilet blocks, parent education programs, emergency surgery and disaster relief. Support for unsponsored children is also provided through Critical Interventions. This means that once a child is registered with Compassion, they can immediately start receiving the benefits of the program—even before they are sponsored.
Critical Interventions can have a significant impact on the life of a child—whether it’s providing something as simple as a mosquito net, or as urgent as life-saving medical treatment, or rebuilding homes damaged by disaster. Your support of Critical Interventions enhances Compassion’s programs around the world, helping give children like Mauro, Constant and Janno the best support they need for their circumstances.
Mauro has already suffered many health-related difficulties in his 8 years, but still manages to attend his local Compassion centre three times a week.
He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy resulting from asphyxia at birth. “We had problems from the very beginning,” remembers his mother, Martha. Mauro did not cry like a normal baby, and his limp arms and legs concerned her. “Several doctors confirmed that Mauro had cerebral palsy,” Martha explains, “and they said he would always be like a vegetable.”
Before he was 4 years old, Mauro was registered with Compassion and immediately started receiving further medical care. As well as paying for surgery and for a spinal brace to help Mauro walk, Compassion has supported Mauro’s family financially by paying for other medical expenses, including transportation to the city for check-ups and physical therapy.
It has been three years since Mauro underwent the surgeries for both dislocated hips and the deformities in his feet. Since then he has gained mobility and independence. He can bathe and dress with his mother’s help. Mauro is also able to participate in other activities, like soccer, by using a walker. His parents are extremely happy and hopeful because of their son’s tremendous improvement and better quality of life. Mauro now dreams of becoming a pastor.
Constant lives with his three brothers and widowed mother, Therese, whose seasonal work only earns her AU$1.40 a day, which is not enough to support her children.
Constant lives in Kélégougan, one of the northern suburbs of Togo’s capital, Lomé. As it is a new area, the government has not yet put in place the infrastructure to drain water. Only the wealthy have built boreholes and there is no access for the rest of the community. The only water available must be purchased and it is not safe. Therese spends close to AU$11 a month on this water.
Thierry, one of the coordinators at the local Compassion centre Constant attends, noticed that many children were suffering from stomach aches, diarrhoea and cholera from drinking contaminated water. A solution was reached when safe water systems were installed at the Compassion centre. “Since parents have started using the system, we have noticed an improvement in the health of the children. They are going well and we give thanks to God,” Thierry says.
Therese is thankful for the safe water system and how it has improved the health of Constant and his brothers. “This safe water system is a gift from God. It is easy to use and does not waste my time,” Therese says. Constant can now drink clean and safe water without bacteria and without dirt, water that gives him good health.
Janno missed a few days at the Compassion centre which was out of character for him. To investigate, a staff member went to visit Janno at his home and found him wincing in pain.
He was taken to the hospital for blood tests where he was found to have glomerulonephritis, a kidney disease, and needed to undergo dialysis. He also had leptospirosis, Dengue fever, and later contracted pneumonia. The doctor’s couldn’t figure out the cause of his problems and what needed the most attention. The concoction of diseases became too much and Janno died.
“I was intubated and couldn’t speak for a few weeks,” Janno remembers. “I was taken to intensive care again and again, until my body finally gave up. I died and was dead for 10 minutes.” After being pronounced clinically dead, Janno came back to life but still required medical care.
Janno’s parents couldn’t afford their son’s medical treatment and so Compassion stepped in, using emergency funds and creating a Critical Interventions proposal, to cover the cost of Janno’s medical expenses. Janno is now healthy and he tells stories of his miraculous healing and how Compassion was involved. Janno is a youth leader and teacher of younger children at the centre.