Rescue Babies & Mothers

Rescue Babies & Mothers - Marthoma Child Survival Program

Help save babies through Compassion's Child Survival Program.

Marthoma Child Survival Program (INDIA)
South of Kolkata, India

Medicine, education, and nutritious food are just a few things a pregnant mother hopes to have access to.


Sadly, mothers who live in poverty in East India do not have access to these critical needs.

Poverty has a stronghold on these mothers, holding them back from delivering and raising healthy babies.

This is where Compassion’s Child Survival Program (CSP) steps in.

The Marthoma Child Survival Program (CSP) is coming alongside mothers to aid and support them through pregnancy, delivery, and for the first few years of their babies’ life.

Mothers in this CSP are trained how to:

  • provide a healthy and safe environment for their child.
  • improve their self-esteem so that they can be confident in their ability to mother and feel comfortable interacting with other mothers.
  • create activities for their baby which will promote closeness, growth and a loving environment.

These mothers also learn about Jesus and receive a Bible.

As for the physical needs of the baby, the CSP, steps in and provides:

  • monthly supplies of food.
  • training on nutritional planning.
  • training on hygiene habits for the parents and for the baby.
  • medical checkups for babies and their mothers.

These are the critical steps that are needed to break the cycle of poverty.

When you support this center you are not just sustaining the life of an infant, you are providing a chance for mothers and babies to thrive.

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

$20 monthly

Meet Rita and Trisha

Rita lives in a small wooden home with her husband’s entire family. They occupy and live in one room of the house. They have a makeshift bathroom and toilet that has been given by the government to people that have a “Below Poverty Line” card.

When Rita was pregnant with Trisha she was worried. Her and her husband did not make enough for daily expenses let alone for medical bills.

That’s when she heard about and joined the Marthoma Child Survival Program. She was able to seek medical attention and her medical bills were taken care of. She gave birth to a very healthy baby girl.

When Rita was asked how she has grown as a mother since joining the CSP she responded,

“CSP has enabled me to become a better mother because of what I have learned after enrolling here. I have learned about health, hygiene, immunization, how to care for my child, how to interact with the neighbors in the community and maintain peace in the family.”

Most of the adults in this area work as unskilled laborers, bringing in $9 a month for an entire family to live on. No vocational training is available to residents, and only 60 percent of the students finish high school.

Most women become mothers at 25 and have an average of three children. Most mothers give birth in the hospital, which is two kilometers away. However, they must travel 15 kilometers to receive prenatal and obstetrician care.

The maternal mortality rate is two percent, the under-five mortality rate is four percent and the rate of chronic illness for children under five is three percent.

Hindu is the most commonly practiced religion. Evangelical Christians make up 15 percent of the population. The community is steeped in superstition, and the practice of witchcraft is common.

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Services this center provides:

• Home visits
• Group discussions
• Bible studies
• Nutritious food
• Hygiene items
• Pre- and postnatal care
• Child care lessons
• Job-skills training

When you support the Child Survival Program, your charity donation helps Compassion’s local partners reduce infant and child mortality by:

• Preventing illness. Regular prenatal and postnatal checkups contribute greatly to healthy births. And regular doctor visits and immunizations keep infants and toddlers 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 skills, social-emotional skills and cognitive development.
• Empowering mothers and caregivers. Infant development and safety, nutrition, literacy and job-training skills are just a few of the topics the Child Survival Program training includes.
• Offering spiritual nurturing. 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.
• Including family training. 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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