To eliminate infanticide and other discriminations against the girl child by supporting and networking with organizations and indigenous peoples that are striving to add value to females in India.
Driven by extreme poverty, social customs and religious beliefs, many believe the "best" and only choice is to eliminate the life of the girl child while in the womb (feticide) or shortly after birth (infanticide) or to simply abandon the baby in the first few days of her life.
Infanticide is usually practiced on a girl child whereas abandonment crosses both genders.
Methods vary from village to village and is usually the responsibility of the mother, grandmother or midwife.
Economic solutions do exist to help save the girl child: $30 USD per month provides housing, healthcare, clothing, food and education for her.
Unfortunately, the rise of the dowry (money and gifts given by bride's family to grooms family) is a leading factor in the rise of female infanticide. Families believe they have little chance of paying the dowry or cost of caring for a "consumer". Consequently, it is "better" to eliminate the life of the girl child than force her family into a life of extreme hardship and shame.
We believe in short-term rescue and long-term social thought shifts on the value of the girl child in the Indian culture as a means of addressing sex discrimination in India.
1. Move India culture from viewing females as a liability to one of a prized gift from God.
2. The four cornerstones to building true value in females are education, economics, faith and political.
3. The more closely TRP works within the villages the more effective the cultural change will be.
4. Workable solutions are already in place. TRP resources will be used to expand and enhance these efforts.
5. We are seeking to balance short-term rescue with long-term social thought shifts on the value of the girl child in the Indian culture.