Pushparani’s first child was born the color of a bruise. He was one of the 30,000 babies in India each year who don’t survive their first day. And then, less than a year later, Pushparani buried another child, this time a daughter who lived for just two months.
Then, a third pregnancy. But this one would be different. This time, Pushparani had the support of the Child Survival Program that had recently opened in her community.
Every moment of this pregnancy Pushparani felt cared for and loved. She was well-nourished and went to regular prenatal appointments. When the time came to give birth to her son, she did so in a hospital, surrounded by friends who had prayed her out of the darkest place of her life.
Pushparani held her son in her arms, her little Ishu. Ray of light. A reminder of God’s promises.
“I owe what I am today to Compassion’s Child Survival Program,” says Pushparani. “Had I not been in the Child Survival Program, I would have ended my life. And now, I have big dreams for my son, Ishu — dreams of a healthy, happy child with hopes of the future. It did not seem possible before, but now I am filled with great hope and my dreams for my son will become reality. I look upon God and I will hold on to my dream.”
Every year, more than 2 million children under age 5 die in India — most from treatable and preventable causes including malnutrition and dehydration. Nearly half of those children do not even survive their first year.
But your gift will help reverse that trend. You will help launch a Child Survival Program in a small community in Gujarat, India. The average age of a first-time mother in this community is just 18. Most of these young, inexperienced mothers give birth in their homes to malnourished children who never have a chance at taking their first steps.
Those first years are filled with dangers for these vulnerable children. They face the threat of disease and abuse, lacking a strong start to launch them into childhood.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Your gifts will:
- prepare moms with training to help care for their babies
- help mothers learn to read and write
- give children a safe place to learn and grow
- ensure lifesaving medical care for babies and moms
- proclaim the hope of God to families living in poverty
Your gift will help mother in India form a strong foundation through a loving local partner. Thank you!