For babies born into poverty, the first 1,000 days of life are critical to survival. Our Child Survival interventions keep mums safe during their pregnancy by providing pre-natal and post-natal care, including check-ups, vaccinations and the presence of a medical professional during childbirth.
What’s more, they help babies reach their first birthday by ensuring precious children receive vaccinations, vitamins, nutritional supplements and growth checks.
When Geraldine found out she was pregnant, she lost her home. Without money, shelter or family to turn to, she had to ask around to see if anyone in her community, one of the most dangerous areas of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, could put her up for the night. Sometimes, she had no option but to sleep on the street.
Geraldine turned to her local church for support, and is now receiving help from Compassion’s Survival Interventions for mothers and babies.
“Joining the Survival Programme has been an immense blessing to me,” she says.
Now, Geraldine and her baby boy, Richardelin, have a safe home. The Survival Programme took care of Geraldine’s rent and living expenses, while supporting her to launch a laundry business to earn a regular income. Regular medical visits and food packages are helping mother and baby to thrive.
“I cannot thank God enough — and the Compassion staff — for all they have brought to my life in such a short time.’’
Compassion has been a trusted charity since 1952. Over the last five years, donations to Child Survival Interventions have enabled us to give 5,840 babies a better start in life. Help us support the next vulnerable baby by donating today. All our Child Survival Interventions are run in partnership with our church partners who know the needs of their communities inside out and are there to provide long-term support.
Due to being registered in the Compassion Child Survival intervention, I have been able to monitor my baby’s health much better than my first baby. Every month the Survival intervention hosts a group activity for all the mothers and this is the highlight of my month as we have a lot of fun and share with each other our tips and ideas.
At Compassion, your donation is used wisely to the greatest benefit to children in poverty.
A minimum of 80 percent of donations to Compassion UK is used to directly support the development and delivery of interventions.
The remaining 20 percent is used to inform and update donors and facilitate support for their chosen intervention or fund Compassion UK activities to support more interventions and children.
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