Does anyone know why there are so few girls for sponsorship in India?

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Are girls offered for sponsorship by their parents less frequently than boys in India?  I just noticed that there seem to be many fewer girls than boys listed in India.  How many girls vs. boys are currently sponsored through Compassion in India?
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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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I was researching the status of women in India and found this interesting study, for anyone who is curious.  http://www.actionaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/doc_lib/disappearing_daughters_0608.pdf
I am still wondering about the numbers of sponsored girls vs. boys in India through Compassion, though.  Thanks.
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Beverly, I have noticed the same thing happening in Thailand.  In fact, I just did a quick search through all the Asian countries, and their are fewer girls by at least half in all of them on the website right now. 

I can't really say why this is, but one other thing I have noticed is that when the new kids get added, the girls seem to get snatched up quicker than the boys.  I tend to think that it is us sponsors creating the discrepancy; that we are actually choosing the girls more often than the boys.  But that is just my guess.
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I'm glad people are sponsoring the girls quickly.  I just read Sheba's Song (finished it today) and it gave me more information on growing up female in India.  I recommend this book.  Thanks so much for your input, Jamie.
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Hi Beverly and Jamie! One thing to keep in mind is that not all of the children who are currently available for sponsorship are listed on our website. Sometimes this can skew the numbers a bit and make it look like we have more or less children from a particular country or of a certain gender.

When we register new children into our program, we take special care to register both boys and girls. We seek a gender balance, or, in situations that require it, we will give preference to girls. Why? Because:

1) It is easier to find sponsors for girls
2) Girls are often disadvantaged in the areas where we work
3) Girls have been shown to be the best dollar for dollar investment. In fact, many researchers have said that if you want to change the world, you should sponsor a girl in poverty. 

However, it is likely as you say - that more boys are currently showing on our website because many more sponsors have chosen to sponsor girls. 
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Thank you, Susan.  I appreciate your response.

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