Welcome to The Rhema Project

Mission Statement:

The mission of The Rhema Project is to eliminate female gendercide against the girl child in India by supporting and networking through organizations and indigenous groups. Our Theory of Change is to strive to add value to female lives in India through the short-term rescue of unborn, newborn and the Indian girl-child as well as long-term initiatives that include education, health and wellness, trade and micro-development to help Indian women become truly valued by their culture.

The moment first began in a small remote village in South India.  We knew that unless you were the first-born daughter in this village your life was in great jeopardy.  You were not given a name and your life was never celebrated by anyone.  This is what we had learned just a few days earlier.  Walking through the village, we met a young mother holding a newborn baby.  Unsure, we simply asked, “was her child a baby boy or girl?”  We shared we would be honored if she allowed us to name her daughter and the village children choose the name Rhema.  I pulled out a few hundred rupees from my pocket (about $7 USD) and gave it to the mother as a small way to celebrate the life of her daughter.  This small, simple gesture is when a movement was launched that we now call The Rhema Project.

Recent News

INDIA VILLAGE LIFE – Meet Manimegalai

It’s hard to imagine this young woman will someday be a doctor.. but its true.. She is extremely bright and has the test scores to prove it.  After a long hot bumpy ride in something that is reminiscent of a jeep.. we arrived at Manimegalai’s home. Mud and stone walls with a thatched roof and dirt […]

Terri’s View – 2018 Medical Team Trip to Danishpet, South India

Terri DiElmo was a part of a fourteen person TRP medical team trip to Danishpet India in late January 2018. In her words : Told of The Rhema Project by Colleen Sweeney and Steve Widder of Sweeny Healthcare ( https://www.sweeneyhealthcareenterprises.com )  the answer was “yes”. Yes to a trip 9000 miles away from home to […]


In August 2017, The Rhema Project visited the Bethel campus in Danishpet, Southern India. One of the guests on this trip was Dan Lafree, a supporter of The Rhema Project. “ this is a game changer .. meeting the girls and seeing what the support has done for them has altered my perspective forever “ […]

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