Child Survival FAQ
Click on any of the questions in the categories listed below. If you have a question about our Child Survival Program that is not covered here, please call one of our Donor Relations representatives toll free at (800) 336-7676.
About the Child Survival Program
- How do children benefit from my monthly support?
Your monthly support will enable Compassion center staff to work directly with little ones through age 3 and their caregivers, as well as expectant mothers. Your support not only will provide them nourishment and medical assistance for physical health, but it also will help us equip and encourage guardians to maximize each child’s God-given potential — mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Specifically, the Child Survival Program offers:
- Prenatal care
Each year millions of babies around the world die from malnutrition that begins in the womb. Compassion cares about these babies and their mothers. The Child Survival Program provides help to expectant mothers through nutritious food supplements and assistance in obtaining prenatal medical care. Expectant moms are also educated about such vital topics as:
- fetal development,
- the childbirth process,
- breastfeeding and
- infant care.
- Equipping, educating and encouraging caregivers
Our care doesn’t end when a baby is born. Caring workers from the Child Survival Program make regular home visits for hands-on, one-on-one training and encouragement. During these visits, guardians are taught practical skills such as:
- how to sterilize baby bottles to prevent illnesses,
- how to make their homes safe and child-friendly,
- how to discipline in effective and supportive ways and
- how to provide opportunities for mental, emotional and social development.
Additionally, participants in the program meet regularly to share their experiences, learn from each other,and provide mutual encouragement.
Finally, through the Child Survival Program, caregivers who are not literate learn to read and write, as well as learn trade skills that will help them better provide for their children and themselves.
- Nutritious supplements
In addition to regular food supply distributions, their caregivers are provided training in:
- hygienic food preparation,
- the principles of nutrition and
- how to meet the special nutritional needs of young children.
- Purposeful spiritual nurturing
At Compassion, it’s important that children get a healthy start in life and learn at an early age that Jesus loves them. Through the Child Survival Program, mothers and other caregivers are presented the gospel and encouraged in their spiritual development. They are also taught how to apply Christian values in their child-rearing practices and how to share God’s love with their children through stories, songs and age-appropriate activities.
- Prenatal care
- How much does it cost to be a Child Survival Program Partner?
If you choose to support a Child Survival Program project, the cost is only $20 per month.
- How long do children and the caregivers participate in the Child Survival Program?
While children and caregivers may participate in the Child Survival Program until the child’s fourth birthday, children have the opportunity as early as age 3 to enter Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program. Ideally, these little ones will transition into a Compassion-assisted child development center where they will be matched with an individual sponsor and continue the process of growing into happy, healthy Christian adults.
- What is a Child Survival Program (CSP) partner?
A CSP partner is someone like you who wants to help save the lives of infants and children affected by poverty – our world’s youngest, most vulnerable children. As a CSP partner, you provide resources desperately needed to ensure babies have a healthy start in life.
- How will I be informed of progress and specific developments in the CSP center I sponsor?
When you become a CSP partner, you will receive information describing your specific CSP center. You will also receive occasional photo and letter updates on your center as well as the Child Survival Program. These updates will help you see how you are making a difference in the lives of little children and caregivers and better understand the unique challenges facing families served by the Child Survival Program.
- What are the distinctive features of Compassion’s ministry?
Compassion’s ministry has four key distinctives.
We are Christ centered.
We commit to honor Jesus Christ in all that we do. The Great Commission is at the heart of our mission and discipleship is at the core of our program. Every child and parent/caregiver who participates in a Compassion program is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God.
We are church based.
We work in partnership with local churches in developing countries to assist children in their communities.
We are child focused.
We are committed to directly affecting individual children’s lives. Local staff members become personally acquainted with children so that they are able to minister to the unique needs of each child. We strongly believe in ministering to individual children because it has been proven that changed individuals are the most effective champions of change in their communities and nations.
We are committed to integrity.
Since our beginning in 1952, we have never wavered in our commitment to integrity in every aspect of the ministry. We commit to honoring the dignity of every individual, accurately presenting the gospel, practicing the highest standard in the use of funds, and adhering to sound principles in ministry.
- How can I be assured my support will directly impact children?
Compassion is consistently commended for financial efficiency and integrity and for being a leader in good stewardship of resources. More than 80 percent of total expenditures go directly to help children, and less than 20 percent is spent on fundraising and administrative costs.
We regularly conduct audits to make sure that funds are properly received, tracked and managed. Beyond making sure that funds are reaching a local center, we carefully monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and long-term impact by tracking the progress of individual children. If you have any questions about financial issues, please call us toll-free at (800)336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT. Or contact us via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
- What other Compassion programs help children in need?
Compassion’s holistic approach serves every aspect of a child’s life. In addition to the Child Survival Program, more than a million children benefit from the Child Sponsorship Program. This one-to-one program helps children in some of the world’s most impoverished areas. Sponsors provide $38 per month to support children through educational opportunities, basic health services and church-centered activities that build social skills and, most importantly, present Christ.
Some Compassion children graduate to the Leadership Development Program, which enables outstanding young people to receive a university education.
Compassion’s Complementary Interventions address obstacles to health development, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and natural disasters. All this is accomplished through more than 5,000 churches of various denominations in 26 developing countries working together with Compassion to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.