Birthday gift amount - child in Ecuador

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This is our first sponsor and his 7th birthday is coming up, next month.  I was going to give $100 for his birthday gift but I have been reading through some of the other 'birthday gift' questions here and it seems like that may be a little much.  I want him to be able to purchase some fun things to make his birthday special and allow him to have a fun celebration but its hard to determine what is appropriate.  It seems as though the birthday gifts range from $10-$50?  
Would $30 be enough?  I feel like thats not much for a birthday gift but I know there are others here that have been doing this much longer than I have, so hoping for some advice.
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Garry Sagel

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Emily, $30 will buy a lot more than you think in Central or South America. That is about what I send to my kids.
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I try to give at least $60 (somewhat selfish reason; I receive a picture of the child with their gift).  I agree with Garry.  I have been amazed at what the families have been able to purchase for the various amounts sent.
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You can give any amount you want within Compassion guidelines. I gave $100 to my child in Ethiopia. I try to give atleast $60 for my kids' birthday for the same reason as Steve. I think $30 is good too. They will usually buy clothes and shoes with that amount.
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I also gave $25-30 birthday gifts before. I try to give amount depending on my children's family need and also my financial situation that time.
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If you give a 100 or sixty you get pictures of what they bought with a thank you letter but I think any amount is better than nothing
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Hi Emily! How generous of you! I would say if you had planned on giving your child $100 for his birthday, by all means do it. I have several children in Guatemala, and I give them $100 for their birthdays. I certainly do not feel like it is too much, if that is what you want (and can) give. I have seen the gift used for necessities like food. I have another child that always is able to get new clothes and a fun item like a ball. It just depends on the family and their situation at that particular time. One year one of my children did get a cake. Just be aware that the local Compassion center and the child and their family will work together to get what they feel is best. It may not go for a party, but whatever you give will be such a blessing to the child!
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I base it on the average income per family (which you can find in the child's description of his community) boy in Boliva I send $150 or more because average income is around $28 from what I can remember. But my Kenya girls...the one only has an average income of $2...TWO DOLLARS!? I sent $100 and couldn't believe all the things they got with it! I especially love when they purchase livestock!!!! 
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Compassiom should really update average income in the community. I asked locals and they said the average income is much higher now. Even labor work in the capital city is $4-5 a day in Ethiopia.

I also have a child in Kenya and I sent $60 on his birthday. He bought timbers, nails, and food. He used them to build a house. What did your child in Kenya buy with $100?

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