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I was wondering if I could buy air conditioners for some of my kids in India? Would that even be an option and if so how much? Also, say something happened and Sabitha's mom needed her hearing aid replaced.would you guys be able to contact me and tell me? Last question, the children in Thailand have a name posted (such as jariya) but their personal name is completely different. Just wondering why that is?
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Hi Anna! It is definitely pretty hot in many of our countries and you're so thoughtful in wanting your kiddos to have an air conditioning in their home. You're certainly welcome to send a family gift ($25-$1000 per year) and we can make a note that you'd like it to be used for an air conditioner. Keep in mind however, that we cannot guarantee this would be a possible option for your child's family. I say this because not all of our children have electricity in their homes or in their communities and Compassion's response is more around education that points to our ministry model of working through local church staff to do child development. We do not have the expertise or technical ability to provide large-scale community infrastructure (like power supply) to a community even if funds were available. If your child indicates there is power in the village and close to home, you might want to consider a family gift to enable the family to tie into that power supply. Or if they already have power, then it's possible that a fan would be feasible for them. However, the cost of acquiring electricity or a fan in India is not known, and the family might have other priorities even more pressing than electricity or a fan if they already have electricity, for which to use the gift.

I want to encourage you that we value and place importance on the health and well being of our caregivers. Caregivers do have access to our medical fund if they have any health issues or need some type of medical attention. If she comes to a point that a new hearing aid is needed, our project staff is able to access these funds to assist her in getting a new hearing aid :). 

I love reading all of the different types of names our children have! In Thailand, nicknames are very popular. A child is given their formal personal name at birth but during the younger years of a child's life, relatives or friends will assign a nickname to them that's often humorous in nature and that becomes the child's personal name. Their nickname seldom relates to the name written on their formal registration form. When a child is registered in our program, if they preferred to be called by their nickname rather than their official name written on their birth certificate, our project staff will let us know so that you, as their sponsor, know how to address them :).  

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