How do children benefit from my monthly support?
Your monthly support will enable Compassion center staff to work directly with little ones through age 3 and their caregivers, as well as expectant mothers. Your support not only will provide them nourishment and medical assistance for physical health, but it also will help us equip and encourage guardians to maximize each child's God-given potential — mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Specifically, the Child Survival Program offers:
Each year millions of babies around the world die from malnutrition that begins in the womb. Compassion cares about these babies and their mothers. The Child Survival Program provides help to expectant mothers through nutritious food supplements and assistance in obtaining prenatal medical care. Expectant moms are also educated about such vital topics as:
- fetal development,
- the childbirth process,
- breastfeeding and
- infant care.
Equipping, educating and encouraging caregivers
Our care doesn't end when a baby is born. Caring workers from the Child Survival Program make regular home visits for hands-on, one-on-one training and encouragement. During these visits, guardians are taught practical skills such as:
- how to sterilize baby bottles to prevent illnesses,
- how to make their homes safe and child-friendly,
- how to discipline in effective and supportive ways and
- how to provide opportunities for mental, emotional and social development.
Additionally, participants in the program meet regularly to share their experiences, learn from each other,and provide mutual encouragement.
Finally, through the Child Survival Program, caregivers who are not literate learn to read and write, as well as learn trade skills that will help them better provide for their children and themselves.
In addition to regular food supply distributions, their caregivers are provided training in:
- hygienic food preparation,
- the principles of nutrition and
- how to meet the special nutritional needs of young children.
Purposeful spiritual nurturing
At Compassion, it's important that children get a healthy start in life and learn at an early age that Jesus loves them. Through the Child Survival Program, mothers and other caregivers are presented the gospel and encouraged in their spiritual development. They are also taught how to apply Christian values in their child-rearing practices and how to share God's love with their children through stories, songs and age-appropriate activities.
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