Mothers Who Survived

Three stories of mothers who survived that are being helped by the local church and Compassion International. These are mothers who survived extreme circumstances.

Stories of Survival
Emiliana's Story
Emiliana's Story

Emiliana Lima is a 24-year-old mother of three. Her husband is an alcoholic who disappears for weeks at a time. The young woman has a malformed hand and foot, yet she walks the streets each day selling ice cream from a pushcart while carrying her baby. She used to also bring her two older children to work, but a near miss with a car has forced Emiliana to lock the children at home—in a room the family rents—with enough food to last the day.

Emiliana is now supported by the Child Survival Program.

“They give me food each month, teach me how to clean and take care of my children, and how to worship the Lord. Their prayers are a lot of help for me.”

Tusime’s Story
Tusime’s Story

Tusime Oliver is a 24-year-old mother with HIV.

“When I got married, I did not know my husband was sick. When I went to the hospital to give birth to my child, they took blood and found out I was HIV positive. My husband left me.

My child was so, so tiny that she couldn’t even swallow a bean. I was so sad, not knowing if my child would survive or be healthy. I went to the church and explained my problems. I was accepted into the Child Survival Program. They listened to me, and provided nutritious food to help me feed my baby.

Today my child can speak and she can walk. I am so thankful to the church that has given power, energy and light in me.”

Winnie's Story
Winnie's Story

Winnie gave birth to 5 children who died before the age of 2.

She stopped giving the babies names because she didn’t think they would survive.

“I did not have value for life,” said Winnie. “Then someone came and toldme about the people at the Child Survival Program who pray for the sick. I went to the church. They accepted me and prayed for me. I was healed. At the time, I was four months pregnant. I was eventually able to give birth to my son, Junior.”

Today, Junior is a happy, healthy toddler.

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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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