Wondering about the child I sponsor in India, a high risk area

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I have heard lots about how in India it is very common for girls to be considered as a lower species or inferior compared to boys. Parents can even neglect the girls. I sponsor a girl in India and it is troubling to know that she may be treated this way. Is there any way of knowing how her family treats her? It would mean a lot if someone could answer my question. Thank you!
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Hi Katie! The incredibly disheartening challenge for girls growing up in India is very real and I so appreciate your care and concern for your child. While I cannot tell you specifically how your child's family treats her, I can tell you that our student centers work very hard to educate families on the value of female children. Our Child Survival Program has helped to save the lives of many girls who would have otherwise been aborted in the womb or killed after they are born. I would encourage you to read the blog posts that our field staff have written on our work to save and communicate the value of female children at our centers in India. This post is a great place to start. 
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This is far from my stating a fact, but it would be my guess that if the family treated her exceptionally poorly due to genfer inequality issues, it would be less likely that the family would have sought out getting her a sponsorship and seeking out involvement with an organization that aids with education and things of the like. It's been my experience (I worked in a vaguely related field) that families which repress their children for whatever reason are far more liekly to keep the children close to home and really limit their exposure to things that could enlighten them to other ways of thinking. That's sad in the grand scheme of things. but maybe a really good sign for the Compassion kids.

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