The Child Survival Programme started in Haiti in 2003. There are now 67 projects throughout the country, ministering to 3,282 mothers and 3,261 children. Working through the local church, Compassion strives to ensure that children are given the best opportunities to survive and thrive in the all-important early years of development. In Haiti, Compassion does this by:
Teaching mothers basic reading, writing and maths skills
– including simple accounting and bookkeeping skills.
Providing workshops on income-generating skills.
These are dependent upon the available market for products and the affordability of training. Some of the skills offered include sewing, cooking and crafts.
Giving nutritional support.
Supplements are given to those who are malnourished or vulnerable to malnourishment – both mother and child. Caregivers are also assisted in making plans for sustainability so they can continue to provide for their family.
Men’s seminars are organised, encouraging fathers to take an active role in the development of their child and celebrations are held to recognise those that do so.
Transitioning children into the sponsorship programme when they reach the age of three.