Survival Program


The first five years of life are a crucial period in the development of a child.

Babies in poverty are too often the victims of infant mortality. Millions of children around the world die within their first year of life due to a lack of resources, delivery complications, malnutrition, and preventable diseases. This should not be happening.

Our Survival initiative focuses on promoting development and survival of the most vulnerable babies while also providing education and support for the mother or primary caregiver.

Compassion Survival reaches thousands of babies and mothers around the world and helps ensure their critical needs are met immediately. In 2018:

  • 9,255 births were assisted by our Survival program
  • 92.9% of Survival newborns were in the normal weight range.
  • 95% of them were born full-term.
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Compassion Survival helps babies and mothers in poverty by employing four strategies:

Home-based Care

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.

Group-based Learning Activities

Parents can receive basic education and income-generation training to combat long-term poverty and combat isolation through a supportive com­munity 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.

Survival Centers

Staff help coordinate outreach and care and offer a safe place for new mothers to learn and grow, all while monitoring and supporting healthy child development.

Compassion Survival Works

We'd love for you to be a part of it.

Contributions to Compassion Survival support Survival centers around the world with the most need. Your generosity will have a global influence and make an immediate and lifelong impact — an impact that can extend for generations.

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With Compassion, your donation is used wisely to help children around the world.

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Please call us at 800-336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT, to speak with a Compassion representative.