Gifts and letter delivery

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I am concerned about the gift amount I sent after looking at "How much things cost in Ethiopia".
I sent $100 after seeing a goat costs $84. I heard that in order for a family to buy a goat, I should have sent enough for pens/feed. I think the cost of things should also indicate extra costs for these accommodations. I guess it's too late for me to send extra money for these now. 
So, If the child's family doesn't have pens then does it mean they cannot buy livestocks with the amount I sent after looking how much things cost in their country?

I am planning to send a gift for my another child in Ethiopia to buy maybe 2 chickens. How much is reasonable to send including pens/feed?

I see my child's shoes very old and dirty in the recent photo. Would Compassion provide new shoes for my child if his shoes get ripped and is no longer able to wear it? If not, how much is shoes in Ethiopia? Would $20 be enough? 

For letters, I heard it's delivered to a child as soon as it is translated. I think this doesn't make sense as I heard letters usually get delivered once a month to projects and handed out in the class to all children.

If project staffs pick up letters once a month on a specific date for example, 20th of every month. Then letters that is translated on 25th have to wait for next scheduled delivery, which is 20th of next month?

I need some clarification of it works as I did see some of my letters were translated on 9/15 and one letter was translated on 9/25 for a same child.

Thank you!
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Jenny, in many areas of Eastern Africa, animals are free range and do not require a pen. Compassion staff will sit down with the family when the gift is delivered and assist them in using the gift money wisely. If there is not enough to purchase a goat and any supplies that would be needed, they may purchase something else. 

About $40 would purchase a male and a female chicken and supplies. Regrettably, I do not know how much shoes would cost in Ethiopia. The Christmas gifts often go towards shoes and clothing and things that the child may not be able to get at other times of the year. It is very likely that your child will receive shoes for Christmas. 

As far as the delivery of letters, some of the areas where we work are very remote. For example, there are centers in Ecuador where the only route to the center from the country office is many miles by backpack. We have someone carry letters with them once a month to centers like this. However, other centers are just down the street from the country office. Obviously, the letters may travel faster to centers that are closer to the country office. 

 I apologize as letter translation and delivery is not very standardized right now. That said, it is done in most areas throughout the month and not on the 20th of each month specifically. 

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