Former Maderan seeks help for girls

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I grew up in Madera reading the Madera Tribune, so now that I am looking for some help bring awareness to a very important issue, it felt only natural to turn to you.

I am native to the Central Valley and after my education and training, I have returned to practice as a pediatrician in the Central Valley. Earlier this year, I founded the My Savera Charitable Organization after watching an ABC 20/20 news report.

My Savera is an organization based in the United States to help abandoned, unwanted girls in India, and to bring attention to the issue of female gendercide. My Savera helps support Unique Home in Punjab, India which houses about 60 abandoned girls.

Some of these girls were left abandoned at the doorstep to the home and others were found in ditches or sides of the road, even still, these girls are the lucky ones who actually lived. The girls are given not only shelter and food, but also an education.

I feel that it is very important to address this issue of female gendercide.

Since 1980, more than 50 million girls are missing in India. “Missing” means eliminated either through abortion, neglect or murder.

Although sex-selected abortion is illegal in India, every month 50,000 female fetuses are selectively aborted.

My Savera hopes to bring more attention to this problem, and raise funds to help support Unique Home and other girls’ orphanages. In April, through a small fund-raiser, My Savera raised about $2,500 to send to the home and also give each girl a small gift for their collective birthday. I am planning to visit India next February to see the home and provide further help.

Since the Central Valley is home to a large Indian community, I am hoping to reach out and bring more awareness to this issue.

I have been able to schedule a screening of an upcoming documentary: “It’s a Girl; the three deadliest words in the world.” In Fresno. This film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son.

I think the Madera community would be interested in learning more about this issue and be excited that a Valley native is working towards making a difference. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Together we can all truly make a difference.

ManpreetK Bains, MD,
Fresno

 

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