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2013 Campaign: Rescue 50 Infant Girls from Gendercide

WESWA Trust activists rescue abandoned infants and provide the urgent medical attention and nutrition that saves these infants' lives.
WESWA Trust activists rescue abandoned infants and provide the urgent medical attention and nutrition that saves these infants' lives.
WESWA Trust activists rescue abandoned infants and provide the urgent medical attention and nutrition that saves these infants' lives.

Our 2013 Initiative

Viralimalai town has long been associated with prostitution. To this day, girls born to sex workers are either drawn into prostitution, or abandoned at birth by their mothers and left to their fate, often to die.

WESWA Trust volunteers rescue abandoned infants and deliver them to clinics for medical care. But clinics cannot care for infants. Hence, we propose to provide temporary care, shelter, nutrition and medical needs until infants can be legally adopted by local childless couples.

What is the challenge?

The town of Viralimalai in central Tamil Nadu, South India, is a traditional commercial sex workers community where girls born to prostitutes were forced into the same profession. More typically nowadays, live fetuses are discarded by the roadside to be found and rescued, or die.

WESWA Trust alone addresses this humanitarian tragedy by rescuing or accepting such infants and providing them with basic needs until they are old enough to be admitted an orphanage. This projects aims to save fifty girls.

How will this project solve this problem?

WESWA Trust activists actively encourage the public of Viralimalai to rescue abandoned infants. We provide the urgent medical attention and nutrition that saves these infants' lives. We are also committed to care for these infants until they can be legally adopted or admitted to an orphanage and put up for adoption. We also engage in public health campaigns that aim to raise female sex workers' awareness of health, hygiene & other issued that are the causes of this ongoing humanitarian tragedy.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will save the lives of fifty girl infants over a period of one to two years. These girls not only get a second lease on life, but will also be matched with loving but childless couples as adoptive parents, or placed in a licensed orphanage for adoption. Besides the immeasurable impact upon these girls, the project also aims to change perceptions about the social & economic value of girl children by raising public awareness especially among the sex worker community of Viralimalai.