How Does a Disabled Mother Care for Her Baby?

Rachel, a disabled mother, was stressed about how she would care for her baby, Rollins. A local church that partners with Compassion International stepped up to help Rachel and her mother take care of Rollins.

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Phoebe, her daughter Rachel and and grandson Rollins live in extreme poverty in a slum area west of Nairobi, Kenya. Rachel also struggles with the near loss of her hand.

“When I was 12 years old I was bitten by a caterpillar. It bit my hand upside here, but the Poison came up to destroy all the hand. And then I was forced to amputate the fingers.”

“She became pregnant with Rollins in her last term of high school. When she gave birth to Rollins, I took care of him as my new grandchild. The only support Rollins receives is from Compassion and me as a grandmother, not from the father.”

Compassion’s Child Survival Program, or CSP, made a tremendous difference for Rollins and his family.

“I didn’t know how to take care of Rollins. My spirit was really down because there was no one to hep me. His father ran away. He has never give me a single cent to care for the baby.

“One day I was so stressed out when I woke up in the morning, I didn’t have anything to give Rollins who was crying. So I thought, can I go and just put him on the road so that somebody just picks him [up]?

“What changed my mind about going to throw [away] Rollins, is that I came to the CSP teachers and they gave me heart. They said that God knows why he gave you this baby. So they started being close to me, coming on home visits, to visit me to read the Bible to me. So it gave me courage.”

“When I was recruited at Compassion I never knew about diet. This is were I learned the importance of vitamins and vegetables to give my grandson Rollins. In the Compassion program, I learned the importance of keeping where I live clean, Rollins’ need for sleep and his bedding being washed. I was provided with a mosquito net to protect him from malaria.”

“Without the CSP Rollins would fall sick to many diseases, and maybe he would not even live to reach his fifth birthday. Maybe without the CSP, Rollins could not have completed his immunizations.”

“To all those giving to the Child Survival Program, I want to thank you so much for the help you are sending us. It is making a great difference and improving our lives, and I pray that God will bless you abundantly.”

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Program at a Glance

By inviting your church family to support a CSP, you’re allowing these mothers to give their children a fighting chance for healthy development. A commitment of $20/month provides the following:

  • Prenatal care
  • Nutritious food and supplements
  • Ongoing health care
  • Infant survival training for mothers
  • Spiritual guidance and education
  • The loving support of a local church
  • Income generating training & activities
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