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I sent a family gift of $100 when I sponsored this child because I thought they are in extreme poverty and hoping that this gift money can help his family economically.
Also, when I was sending this monetary gift, I was told that Compassion staff will seat and discuss with the family to decide what the family needs the most at the moment.
My child said he bought shoes, clothes, and a cell phone for himself, a scarf "Netela" for his grandmother, and shoes and clothes for a brother and a sister.
I am surprised Compassion staff let a child buy what he "wants" than "needs".
People say a cell phone is very cheap in Africa, but there must be so many other things Compassion children will need in extreme poverty. And I don't think a cell phone is an urgent need. My intention of sending a family gift of $100 was not for him to buy a cell phone, but I wanted he and his family to meet basic needs.
Seeing what he and his family has purchased seems like they have met all the basic needs like food etc as they didn't buy any food with gifts.
Also, based on what I have seen so far African children buying from a monetary gift, they buy a bag of rice, lots of food, and a school backpack.
Also, the amount he wrote on his letter is not the amount I sent. I sent $100 family gift and $30 birthday gift at the same time, but "someone" wrote 2200 birr, which is $97 now.
Please let me know if $130 was delivered to he and his family as what they bought don't seem like it's worth $130 in Ethiopia.