The first three years of a child’s life are the most significant for ensuring their survival and healthy long-term development—but they are also the most tenuous.
Give children and their caregivers the support needed so babies will grow strong and healthy, mothers will be protected during pregnancy, and caregivers can become self-confident and given opportunities to grow.
Help vulnerable mums and babies.
Every day 17,000 children die before their first birthday from mostly preventable causes and every hour, 33 women die due to child birth complications. Simple things that we take for granted like health care, nutritious food, hygiene and medical check-ups during pregnancy can be life saving for a mother and her child living in poverty.
Giving to Mums and Babies supports Compassion’s Child Survival Program which currently operates in the 26 countries where Compassion works. Mothers and their babies registered with the Child Survival Program receive care and support at a local Child Survival Program centre run through a local church.
Through activities as well as regular home visits, caregivers are introduced to the love of Jesus, while also being given opportunities for education and being equipped to ensure their babies can thrive.
Right from pregnancy, Mums and Babies supports caregivers and children, ensuring they have access to medical treatment, nutritious food and educational opportunities.
Importantly, they learn about God’s love and His purpose for their lives.
Your support of Mums and Babies means children are healthy, have safe homes and know they are loved and cherished. Read for yourself some stories of transformed lives below.
Married at 18 to an abusive husband who later abandoned her, life was harsh for Angelique. With no support, she struggled to provide for their two young children. Her husband’s only contact with the family was his infrequent, violent visits. One day, he beat Angelique so badly she spent two months in hospital.
She tried to cut ties with her husband. But when their second child fell ill with typhoid, Angelique was forced to contact him for financial assistance. He raped Angelique, who fell pregnant. “I did not have any hope for myself or for the child I was carrying,” Angelique says. Compassion workers found Angelique at the police station where she was reporting her husband’s crimes. They immediately enrolled her in the Child Survival Program.
Their love and support changed Angelique’s life. When her baby girl was born prematurely at 26 weeks, Compassion paid the medical bills. As Angelique was unable to work, Compassion paid her rent for eight months, and gave her food and baby supplies. Today, her daughter is healthy and Angelique has hope. “Whatever I was planning, God showed me that He is greater,” Angelique says. “I love this child more than anything in the world.
Growing up in a slum community in East India, Gauri married when she was just 14 years old. She knew little about pregnancy and childcare, but was overjoyed at the birth of her first child. But when her baby boy was just one month old, he developed a high fever. Diagnosed with neonatal tetanus, he died before her eyes.
Devastated, it was with trepidation that Gauri fell pregnant a year later. She gave birth to another boy. As the days passed, their fear of losing him lessened. But when her son was five weeks old, he too fell ill. Gauri took him to doctor after doctor, but none could diagnose the cause of his fever. He died weeks later. News of the tragedy spread around the community—and reached the ears of a mother in the Child Survival Program.
She told Gauri how the program could help her. When Gauri fell pregnant again, she enrolled. With the Child Survival Program’s help, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Somiya, in hospital. Today, Somiya is two years old. Gauri is sharing the life-changing information she learnt through the program with other mothers in her community.
Sujon was angry when he found out his third child, Sampati, was another girl. In rural Bangladesh, the dowry system requires that families with daughters pay large amounts of money to their future in-laws to secure a husband. Working as a day labourer, Sujon was already struggling to provide for his family of five. He didn’t welcome the additional financial pressure.
Considering Sampati a burden, Sujon decided he would ignore her. He refused to look at his newborn daughter. His wife, Sushila, told the Child Survival Program staff members the distressing story. While Sampati received food and health care through the program, she also needed her father’s love.
Staff members began to visit Sujon to counsel him. It took months, but Sujon had a change of heart. “I realised if these people who are not family members could be so concerned for my daughter then, as a father, I have to be caring about my child,” Sujon says. A loving father to Sampati, Sujon now sees her value because of the Child Survival Program.