Beraca Child Survival Program

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Child Survival Centers

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Beraca Child Survival Program (Haiti)
Northeast of Port-de-Paix, Haiti

Beraca Evangelical Baptist Church

La Pointe is in a warm, dry plains region located less than four miles northeast of Port-de-Paix. Life is difficult for the people in this community, where much of the area has been deforested. Daily they struggle with lack of drinking water, consistent hunger, and severe malnutrition.

Because of the staggering 80 percent unemployment, household earnings are rarely enough to put food on the table. These people are among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, earning less than $2 a day. Nearly half the children are not able to go to school, and only 10 percent will complete high school, leading to high illiteracy rates among adults.

The average age for first-time mothers is 14, and they typically go on to have about seven children. However, five out of every 100 children in Haiti never make it to their first birthdays, making maternal and child malnutrition a critical countrywide issue.

But thanks to the care and help that is available through the Child Survival Program, many vulnerable babies and mothers now have a chance at beating the odds.

Trained survival specialists from the church reach out to children and their mothers through regular home visits. As they get to know each mother and see her environment, then they are better able to teach available methods for improving the family’s health and hygiene.

These specialists also help babies and caregivers access needed medical care and immunizations, and pregnant mothers receive regular prenatal care.

Participants regularly receive supplemental food, and the center also provides hygiene supplies.

Mothers enrolled in the program grow spiritually and socially through studies and prayer meetings. They are trained in holistic childcare, including health, nutrition and hygiene. Many mothers attend training for income-generating skills, including sewing and cooking.

When you support this center, you are offering at-risk little ones and their mothers a chance to survive.

I'd like to commit to supporting this child survival center:

$20 monthly

Beraca Child Survival Program
Serving: 51 mothers and their 51 children
Local church partnership: Beraca Evangelical Baptist Church

The community of La Pointe
Location: Northeast of Port-de-Paix
Population: 4,000
Homes: Average homes are made with cement or brick.
Diet: A typical regional diet consists of maize, rice, bananas, fish and bread.

Haiti
Population: 9,893,934 (July 2013 est.)
Poverty: 62 percent live on less than $1.25 per day.
Infant mortality: Five out of 100 infants die before age 1.

Analia Berlozier (pictured, with her daughter Hadrassa) doesn’t know where she and her family would be without the Child Survival Program.

La Pointe is in a highly impoverished area, and Analia’s community does not have access to drinking water or adequate basic health care services. Many don’t know where to find help, especially when their little ones get sick.

“We are all affected by that situation,” says Analia. “But thanks be to God, who has sent the Child Survival Program here, things are much better for us.”

But Analia aches for all the children and mothers who are not yet able to benefit from the help and care available through the program. “I feel very sad for them because I know what they are going through,” she explains. Her hope is that program resources will increase so that more and more are able to join.

“If it weren’t for the presence of the Child Survival Program,” continues Analia, “then only God knows.”

Lifesaving services available to babies and mothers:

  • regular home visits
  • pre- and post-natal care
  • vaccinations
  • supplemental food
  • hygiene supplies
  • childcare and parenting education
  • vocational and literacy training
  • Bible studies and prayer meetings
  • loving support of a local church

When you support the Child Survival Program, your gifts help Compassion’s local church partners rescue babies whose lives hang in the balance by:

  • Preventing illness. Regular pre- and post-natal checkups contribute greatly to healthy births. And regular doctor visits and immunizations keep infants and babies healthy and happy.
  • Giving children a healthy start. Nutritious food staples and supplements help children grow and stay strong.
  • Providing training. Mother and caregiver training means children receive mental and physical stimulation activities to improve and develop motor and social-emotional skills and cognitive development.
  • Empowering mothers and caregivers. Infant development and safety, nutrition, literacy and vocational training skills are just a few of the topics the Child Survival Program training includes.
  • Offering spiritual nurturing and guidance. Mothers establish relationships with Christian survival specialists through regular home visits. They also build relationships and a community of faith with other women through local group meetings.
  • Encouraging a stable home. When possible, fathers and other family members living in the home are included in training to help build a stable, secure environment for the child.

I'd like to commit to supporting this child survival center:

$20 monthly

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