How does Compassion Survival Help Children and Families in Poverty?
Poverty strips a child of so many things the rest of the world often takes for granted. Proper nutrition, sanitation, health care, and safety – each one of these things needs to be present and needs to be addressed for a child to develop in healthy manner. But for poor children, they’re often absent.
When young children are properly cared for and have the chance to behave like children, growing and devloping naturally without the oppressive effects of poverty, they are freer, less full of worry and anxiety, and more hopeful about the future. They are able to dream and to prepare and learn the skills they need to pursue their dreams.
Through early education efforts, young children grow to know they are loved. Their self-esteem and self-confidence blossom. They become more willing and able to take the healthy risks necessary to learn, grow, and develop.
Our ECD initiative, Compassion Survival, helps strengthen and nurture unborn children, babies, infants, and toddlers, as well as the parents and/or primary caregivers through four key strategies.
Mothers are visited monthly in their homes by a Survival specialist, who offers education in prenatal care and early child-rearing as well as one-on-one biblical mentoring with parents. The Survival specialist makes sure that the baby's basic needs are met, including clean water, healthy food, vitamins, milk, immunizations, and diapers.
Group-based Learning Activities
Parents can receive basic education and income-generation training to combat long-term poverty and combat isolation through a supportive com¬munity of mothers.
Advocacy for Moms
Assistance that provides and secures funding for medical treatments, ensures mothers are treated fairly by local services and arranges for birth attendants to assist mothers during childbirth.
Staff help coordinate outreach and care, parenting workshops, and one-on-one coaching that create a safe place and comfortable opportunities for new mothers to learn and grow, all while monitoring and supporting healthy child development.