Ninos Bendecidos por Jesus Child Survival Program

Help mothers and babies through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry.

Ninos Bendecidos por Jesus (Peru)
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Jesus Maria , Peru

The Ninos Bendecidos por Jesus Child Survival Program (CSP) is located in Jesus Maria, Peru. Many infants suffer from acute respiratory infections, acute diarrhea, parasites, and malnutrition. The typical family earns about a dollar a day.

Common social problems include poverty, unemployment and gang activity. The morbidity rate among children is 30 deaths per 1,000 children and of the community population 10% are children under the age of five.

This Child Survival Program is a ministry of Ninos Bendecidos por Jesus Center in cooperation with Compassion.

Trained Christian staff members from the church reach out to mothers and their children through monthly home visits and counseling and help them access needed medical care.

Poverty is rampant in this community of 250,000. Anemia, urinary tract infections and skin diseases contribute to health issues in adults and children.

If parents are employed, they may work at temporary or low-paying jobs. This means they cannot afford to buy school supplies, uniforms and tuition, so they must leave their children alone at home.

Overcrowding is common throughout this area because each household averages seven children. The maternal mortality rate is 98 per 100,000, and the mortality rate for children under age 5 is 21 per 1,000.

Services this center provides


  • Nutritional support through monthly groceries
  • Medical check-ups for each child twice a year 
  • Income generating activity 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. 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.
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