Child Survival Program

Help moms and babies in Santo Domingo del Onzole, Ecuador, survive – and thrive!




Funding required: $21,253 Child development centre: EC0608 This initiative will help: 15 moms and their babies Estimated completion date: June 30, 2018

The most vulnerable people in the world are babies.

Of the 5.9 million children who die around the world each year, 75 per cent die in the first year of life. Babies are at risk of death due to premature birth complications, complications during childbirth, infections, pneumonia and diarrhea. But this is preventable. With training and support, moms in poverty can be empowered to raise healthy and happy babies.

How does Compassion help moms and babies survive?

Critical care: Your support helps secure access to pre- and postnatal care, skilled birth attendants and medical intervention when necessary. Home-based care: : Mothers are visited in their homes monthly by a Survival specialist, who offers education in prenatal care and early child-rearing as well as one-on-one biblical mentoring. Group-based learning: At these church-based activities, moms learn skills to earn an income and gain vital knowledge including basic literacy, the importance of breastfeeding and how to prevent malnutrition and disease. These groups combat isolation through a supportive community of mothers who, together, learn about the God who loves them.

Survival in Santo Domingo del Onzole, Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Average age of first-time mothers


Average number of children in household


Births attended by skilled health personnel


Number of infant deaths per 1,000 births


Stunted growth from malnutrition



We asked our church partner: Why are Survival initiatives necessary in Santo Domingo del Onzole?

In this community, most families live in extreme poverty. Many mothers and babies suffer from malnutrition. Domestic violence and discrimination against children and women are also prevalent. Mothers and babies in this area need life-saving help. These moms also need to hear about the love of Jesus and learn that they are created in God’s image.  

Your gift will provide …

Here are some of the specific activities our church partner in Uwinkomo has planned: Physical activities: Babies will receive medical checkups and important immunizations. We will also teach activities to help children develop their fine motor skills. Mothers will be given vital prenatal care. Families enrolled in the program will receive baskets filled with nutritious food to help prevent malnutrition. Cognitive activities: We will teach moms the importance of talking to and interacting with their babies to help cognitive development. Moms will also be offered help with literacy. As babies grow, we will help their minds develop by teaching them words, numbers, colours and shapes. Socio-emotional activities: Moms will learn ways to interact with their children with love and how to form healthy relationships. We will talk to mothers about their rights to help prevent domestic violence. Mothers and babies will develop socially through group activities and celebrations. Spiritual activities: We will study the Bible and enjoy devotions together. Since many mothers in this area struggle with low self-esteem, we will teach moms how valuable they are to God. Babies will grow up learning about the love of Jesus. Parent and family activities: Parents will have the opportunity to attend marriage workshops, which will help strengthen families. We will also teach income-generating skills so parents can learn ways to provide for their families. With your help, we can give babies born into poverty the essential care they need, help their mothers properly care for them during the critical prenatal months and first year of life, and set them on the path to a fulfilled life in Jesus Christ.  

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