How much do things cost in Ethiopia?

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi there! 

Here are the cost of common items in Ethiopia to help give you an idea of how far your Family Gifts can go! :)

Bicycle                                     $90 USD

Sewing machine                     $185 USD (new) or $92 USD (used)



Cow                                         $339 USD



Chicken                                   $5 USD



Sheep                                      $56 USD



Goat                                        $84 USD

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What else are prices like in Ethiopia? Clothes? Shoes? Would any of my girls need extra money for books/supplies. What about a mattress? Water filtration system? Do they need extra money for medical care? One of my girls has 3 siblings, and they are raised by a single mom, so a family gift would be a good way to help them meet needs, but I do not know what 4 pairs of shoes cost there. I dont want to over gift (leaving them with too much excess), or undergift (I dont want to have to make anyone be left out). It is hard to find a happy medium I feel.

I want to help them become self sustaining. Obviously this will take time (many years, and I don't have tons of money myself), but I want to be able to provide their families with seeds, goats, a way to have fresh water, chickens so they can sell eggs, and then buy animals and plants that reproduce with the money they earn so they can make more money. But, obviously they might need training, other materials (a fence, a chicken coop etc). 

If they have access to these things, will the church they work with help them get informed on how to take care of all these things?
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Hi Audrey!

Thank you so much for your generous heart. I can tell that you want the best for your children and their families and to truly help release them from poverty in Jesus' name and not just temporarily provide for their needs.

Although I do not know specific prices for the items you have listed, please rest assured that our project staff know your child's family personally. They know the needs of the community and how much items cost. When a family gift (or any type of gift for that matter) is sent to your child; our staff sits down with them, discusses the amount given in comparison with their greatest need at the time, and helps them make a wise decision about how to use their money. If your family does not have the means to care for chickens, they will not purchase them. It is ultimately up to the family and project on what they purchase with your gift although, you're welcome to make note of your suggestion on how it is used when you send it.

We have seen families purchase a very wide range of items with these gifts depending on their need. Some families purchase livestock if they have the means to sustain the animals and fence them in. This would provide a means of income for the family. I have also seen mothers purchase sandals or beads to sell in the market place and start a business. Maybe they need cooking supplies or a new roof. Or at this time, maybe food and new clothing is what would bless your child's family the most.  I also encourage you that we have other funds called 'Complimentary Interventions' that assist your child and their family with immediate needs they may have. If your child's family does not have access to clean water for example, the child might make a proposal to have a water filter given to them. They will then be trained on how to maintain that filter and use it properly. You can ask your child in a letter if their family has access to clean water :).

My encouragement to you would be to pray about your gift and give what God leads you to. You will be mailed a thank you letter 6 months after your gift is sent, letting you know how your gift was used. Any gifts over $60 also come with a picture of your child with their gift. 

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions :).
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Thank you so much for your reply! If I send a family gift, is it possible to have a picture of the whole family?

Also, one of my girls profile says there are 4 children in the family, does that number include my child? I just want to make sure, also, are any of her siblings in the program as well? Netsanet Geremew ET2090374.

Thank you! You guys are so quick to reply, and so sweet. I really appreciate it!
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Hi Audrey! Any gifts over $60 will come with a picture of your child with their gift. Often, the photo is taken of the whole family. However, I cannot guarantee that everyone will be available at the time that the photo is taken. The total number of children listed on your child's profile includes your child. Your sponsored child is the only child in her family who is registered in the Compassion program.