Our Tessa Grace Nutrition program saves lives of malnourished and under-developed babies.
Where there is deep poverty there is also hunger, illness and injustice, and it is often the children who suffer most. The infant mortality rate testifies to this fact. In parts of Africa and Asia, approximately one out of four babies die before they reach the age of five. This is true for the children and mothers of Dondo, Mozambique, home to Children's Relief International's Ray of Light Project. Tessa Grace Nutrition was created in response to the overwhelming needs of malnourished babies and children who live in and around the village.
The program provides help in the form of milk, miracle mix (a nutritional supplement), health checks, consultations, and preventative care education. We share Christ with the mothers through prayer and devotionals. Success is seen as healthy babies "graduate" from our program and mothers better understand how to care for their children. They are also introduced to the God who loves them unconditionally. Since 2010, the Mozambique Tessa Grace program has shared the love of Jesus in Word and deed with hundreds of HIV+ moms, widows, orphans and babies, helping them live healthier.
The Mozambique Tessa Grace program has been so successful that we have decided to expand to other parts of the world. No two programs are exactly alike but all of them have the same goals in mind: to provide nutrition for malnourished babies and children and share the hope of Jesus in both Word and deed.
You can support Tessa Grace with a $25 monthly sponsorship.
TESSA GRACE DONDO
Weekly, our medically trained staff monitor the 100+ babies in the Tessa Grace Dondo program in Mozambique. We provide milk, miracle mix and health checks. Once Tessa Grace babies reach the "healthy" threshold they graduate from the program after undergoing a thorough examination by a medical doctor. We hold preventative care classes and weekly times of prayer and devotionals.
TESSA GRACE SAVANE
Savane is a two-day walk from the Tessa Grace center in Dondo, Mozambique. Many babies in this village need medical help, nutritional care, and to know Christ’s love. But traveling this distance wears on the mothers as they make the journey with an infant strapped to their back. After sunset, the road becomes perilous with muggings and other dangers. For most mothers, this walk for help simply is not possible. To save the lives of these babies, we launched the Tessa Grace Savane Nutrition Center in the Fall of 2016. Weekly, our medically trained staff monitor the 50 babies in the Tessa Grace Savane program. We provide milk, miracle mix and health checks. Once Tessa Grace babies reach the "healthy" threshold they graduate from the program after undergoing a thorough examination by a medical doctor. We hold preventative care classes and weekly times of prayer and devotionals.
TESSA GRACE NIGERIA
At Tessa Grace Nigeria, we work with our national leaders to identify the most vulnerable and undernourished babies. Fifteen mothers and babies come to the Grace and Knowledge Academy each week for the Tessa Grace meeting. They begin their meeting with a time of worship and a Bible lesson. Then our trained volunteers teach a lesson in nutrition and hygiene and distribute much-needed baby formula. The mothers also receive seeds of the amazing moringa tree so their families can benefit from the nutrient-packed, life-giving leaves.
TESSA GRACE HAITI
At Tessa Grace Haiti, our national partners hold weekly meetings for young mothers from the Olivier area. Meetings start with a short bible study and time of fellowship. A nurse then leads the women in a nutrition and childcare class. Lessons include information about sanitation and healthy cooking. Each meeting ends with a baby-formula distribution. Mothers also take home leaves from the nutrient-rich moringa tree for their families.
TESSA GRACE SOUTH ASIA
At Tessa Grace South Asia, we work with our national leaders to identify undernourished babies and children in the poverty-stricken forest region where they work. The program supports two nurses who travel from home to home, providing children with milk and miracle mix and educating mothers on how best to care for their families. We pray for the mothers, children and often the whole household and share the love of Jesus. The milk and miracle mix ultimately raise the quality of life for the entire family.
TESSA GRACE MIRACLE MILK
Tessa Grace Miracle Milk is a powerful ministry that helps HIV infected children living in a government orphanage. Seven days a week, we provide milk mixed with miracle mix (ground peanuts, corn, rice and nutrient-rich moringa leaves) in Christ's name. These kids need all the food and love we can give them. To them, a glass of Miracle Milk a day can mean the difference between life and death.
You can support Tessa Grace Miracle Milk by sponsoring the program at $10 a month. This ensures the children receive a glass of Miracle Milk seven days a week.