What can certain gift amounts buy in specific countries?

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I need help finding some information on the site. I used to be able to get to a page that would give me an idea of what different monetary amounts could buy in specific countries. For example, it would say something like a chicken, shoes, or a used bike could be bought with a $25 gift in Bolivia. Is that page still on the site and has it been updated in recent years?
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Great Question, Shelly - a couple of months ago our web team was working to update those pages and make them available again. We will be happy to check with them to see what the progress is for making those pages available on the web again. In the meantime, are you looking for information for a specific country? I can certainly get you as much information as we have right now.
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Could you look up Indonesia, Haiti, and Mexico for me? Thanks so much- for your hard work all year long!! You guys have been great! MERRY CHRISTMAS :)
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Here you go! The prices we have were gathered in 2006, so you will need to add 10-20% to account for changes in prices.

Haiti
Family gifts of money can be used to buy seeds to plant for gardens to sell produce such as millet, rice, corn, beans. Also to plant a banana tree, manioc, yam, etc.

Bicycle (US $200) second hand ($150)
Watch (US $40-60)
Sewing machine (US $400) second hand ($250)
Cow (US $250)
Goat (US $40-50)
Chicken (US $5-10)
Pig (US $100-250) priced from small to big
Sheep (US $100-150) priced from small to big

Indonesia
The family can use a family gift to open a small kiosk which sells daily needs or snacks or clothes.

Bicycle (US $52-63) second hand (US $10-15)
Sewing machine (US $84-253)
Chicken (US $3-4)
Goat or sheep (US $105)
Cow (US $316-737) depends on weight for a 3 year old

Mexico

Bicycle $120
Sewing Machine $50
Stove $200
Farm Tools $100
Washing machine $250
Chicken $7
Table $80
Goat $50
Bed $150
Pig $60
Mattress $90
Water container $90
Fruit Tree $60 each to grow and sell fruit
Hand Mill $150 for corn to prepare and sell tortillas
Thread/rope $90 to make hammocks to sell
Wheel $200 to make pottery
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Hi. Could you also look up Thailand and Bolivia?
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Here you go! The prices we have were gathered in 2006, so you will need to add 10-20% to account for changes in prices.

Thailand
Bike (US $33)
Bike for small child (US $23)
Toy (US $5)
Doll (US $5)
Ball (US $4)
Mattress, thin (US $21)
Mattress, thick (US $79)
Blanket (US $21)
Goat (US $26) only raised in some parts of country
Cow (US $178)
Buffalo (US $315)
Pig (US $21)
Chicken (US $2)
Clothes (US $5)
Shoes (US $5)
Shirt (US $5)
Pants (US $5)
Lamp (US $8)
Book (US $3) Depends on type. Coloring book - $1-2.
Stationary (US $2)
Towel (US $4)
Kitchen ware (US $5)
First aids kit (US $4)
Guitar (US $66)
Small Bible (US $9)
Mosquito net (US $13)
Sewing machine (US $114) second hand (US $51)

Bolivia
Bike (US $85) Second hand ($40)
Toy (US $20)
Doll (US $20)
Ball, soccer (US $15)
Mattress (US $50)
Blanket (US $20)
Food (US $50) rice, cereals, milk, corn, etc.
Goat (US $20)
Cow (US $100)
Chicken (5) (US $5)
Pig (US $20)
Sheep (US $20)
Guinea pigs (US $30)
Clothes (US $20)
Shoes (US $20)
Shirt (US $10)
Lamp (US $6)
Book (US $10) unit
Tools for bricklayer (US $200)
Tools for carpenter (US R200)
Sewing machine (US $100) Second hand ($60)
Hamburger or hotdog carrier (US $250)
Items to sell on the street (US $200)
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Hello! Could you also look up Rwanda?
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Could you please look up Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Ecuador? Thank you so much!
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I too await this answer
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Could you look up Bangladesh? Thank-you so much!
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Here is the full list that we have. Please remember that these are only estimates. You may send an amount you are comfortable with to your child and their family, and they will choose what they would like to purchase. The prices we have were gathered are from 2006, so you will need to add 10-20% to account for changes in prices.

Bangladesh
Bike (US $70)
Toy (US $3)
Doll (US $3)
Ball (US $5)
Mattress (US $86)
Blanket (US $15)
Mosquito net (US $5)
Food (US $5) 1 kg rice, 1 kg lentils, 3 kg oil, 1 kg flour
Goat (US $25)
Cow (US $90)
Chicken (US $4)
Clothes (US $8)
Shoes (US $8)
Shirt (US $3)
Pants (US $7)
Lamp (US $3)
Book (US $9)
Rickshaw/Rickshaw van (US $200)
Sewing machine (US $125)
Carpenter Tools (US $130)

Bolivia
Bike (US $85) Second hand ($40)
Toy (US $20)
Doll (US $20)
Ball, soccer (US $15)
Mattress (US $50)
Blanket (US $20)
Food (US $50) rice, cereals, milk, corn, etc.
Goat (US $20)
Cow (US $100)
Chicken (5) (US $5)
Pig (US $20)
Sheep (US $20)
Guinea pigs (US $30)
Clothes (US $20)
Shoes (US $20)
Shirt (US $10)
Pants (US $10)
Lamp (US $6)
Book (US $10) unit
Tools for bricklayer (US $200)
Tools for carpenter (US R200)
Sewing machine (US $100) Second hand ($60)
Hamburger or hotdog carrier (US $250)
Items to sell on the street (US $200)

Brazil
Bike (US $165-219)
Dolls (US $27-45)
Toy (US $11-23)
Ball (US $6-12)
Mattress (single size) (US $117-133)
Mattress (double size) (US $166-273)
Blanket (single size) (US $27-45)
Blanket (double size) (US $27-54)
Clothes (US $6-15)
Shirt (US $4-12)
Shoes (US $14-33)
Pants (US $9-21)
Lamp (US $13-32)
Book (US $5-38)
Tools (US $46-100)
Jacket (US $11)
Jeans Pants (US $15)
Rice (5kg) (US $2.50)
Beans (1kg) (US $.70)
Bread (US $.85)
Sugar (1kg) (US $.35)
Coffee (500g) (US $1.20)
Oil (900ml) (US $1)
Soft drink (2 liter) (US $1)
Meat (avg. per kg) (US $2.60)

Burkina Faso
Bike (US $67)
Toy (US $20)
Doll (US $10)
Ball (US $10)
Mattress (US $50)
Blanket (US $15)
Bag of rice (US $30)
Bag of Maize (US $38)
Goat (US $50)
Cow (US $250)
Chicken (US $5)
Clothes (US $40)
Shoes (US $20)
Shirt (US $10)
Pants (US $10)
Lamp (US $10)
Book (US $20)
Tools (US $30)
Dictionary (US $20)
Bench (US $10)
Table (US $10)
Bucket (US $5)
Water barrel on trailer (US $120)
Sewing machine (US $200)
Plow for farming (US $80)
Cart pulled by donkey (US $283)
Donkey (US $85)

Colombia
No stats available. Please use numbers from Ecuador for best estimate.

Dominican Republic
Bike (US $74) second hand ($33)
Toy (US $3)
Doll (US $4)
Ball (US $9) basketball, football or volleyball
Mattress (double size) (US $188)
Sheets (set) (US $13)
Food (US $588) full purchase for a month
Goat (US $176)
Cow (US $441)
Chicken (US $7)
Shoes (US $21)
Shirt (US $9)
Pants (US $24)
Lamp (US $9)
School books (US $15)
Books (US $9)
Stove (US $131)
Refrigerator (US $254)
Sewing machine (US $142) second hand

East India
Bike (US $70) $20-24 for second-hand
Toy (US $5-12)
Doll (US $5-12)
Ball (US $5-12)
Mattress (US $25)
Blanket (US $19)
Food (US $10)
Goat (US $35)
Cow (US $95)
Chicken (US $2) for 1 chicken
Clothes (US $12)
Shoes (US $7)
Shirt (US $7)
Pants (US $8)
Lamp (US $12)
Book (US $12)
Tools (US $10)
Sewing machine (US $60-70) New; $24 for second-hand

East Indonesia
Bike (US $16-56)
Toy (US $2-11)
Doll (US $3-8)
Ball (US $6-8)
Mattress (single size) (US $28-33)
Blanket (US $6-11)
Food (US $5) Rice, eggs, vegetables
Goat (kid) (US $83-111)
Cow (US $83-111)
Chicken (US $4-6)
Clothes (US $6-8)
Shoes (US $6-8)
Shirt (US $4-6)
Pants (US $7-9)
Lamp (US $4-6)
Book (US $2-3) 10 books
Tools (US $2-3)
Sewing machine (US $79-263) used, new

Ecuador
Bike (US $30-80)
Toy (US $10-15)
Doll (US $15-20)
Ball (US $6-12)
Mattress (US $40-60)
Blanket (US $10-15)
Food (US $25-50)
Goat (US $25)
Cow (US $250) baby calf to raise
Sheep (US $25-30) baby lamb to raise
Pig (US $27) baby pig to raise
Chicken (US $3)
Guinea pigs for breeding (US $25) per pair
Clothes (US $30-35)
Shoes (US $15-20)
Shirt (US $5-10)
Pants (US $10-15)
Lamp (US $4-10)
Book (US $15-20)
Woodworking Tools (US $300) per set of hand tools and electric tools
Bed (US $45-60)
Backpack (US $8-14)
School supplies (US $30-40)
Sewing machine (US $75-100)
Bicycle pulling cart (US $300) used to sell produce
Barbecue with table (US $250) for preparing fast food
Cooler (US $45) to sell ice cream and cold drinks
Blender & electric juicer (US $120) to prepare juice for sale

El Salvador
Bike (US $100)
Toy (US $3-15)
Doll (US $3-25)
Ball (US $3-15)
Mattress (US $50+)
Blanket (US $5+)
Food (US $20-100)
Beans (US $.70) per lb.
Rice (US $.50) per lb.
Sugar (US $.60) per lb.
Salt (US $.15) per lb.
Goat (US $100)
Cow (US $500)
Chicken (US $6)
Clothes (US $10)
Underwear (US $2-5)
Shoes (US $15)
Shirt (US $8)
Pants (US $8-10)
Shampoo (US $3)
Soap (US $1.50)
Toothpaste (US $1-3
Lamp (US $5-10)
Book (US $2-5)
Tools (US $1-5)
Sewing machine (used) (US $150-200)
Pig (US $100-350) small to regular size

Ethiopia
Bicycle (US $173) used ($58)
Sewing machine (US $185) used ($92)
Cow (US $150)
Chicken (US $4)
Sheep (US $35)
Goat (US $29)

Ghana
Bike (US $89)
Toy (US $33)
Doll (US $22)
Ball (US $22)
Mattress (US $111)
Blanket (US $44)
Food (US $17)
Goat (US $56)
Cow (US $200)
Chicken (US $11)
Clothes (US $25)
Shoes (US $22)
Shirt (US $11)
Pants (US $5)
Lamp (US $33)
Book (US $6)
Tools (US $222)

Guatemala
Bike (US $65-115)
Toy (US $5-12)
Doll (US $5-12)
Ball (US $5-12)
Mattress (US $90-120)
Blanket (US $10)
Food (US $35)
Cow (US $200)
Chicken (US $50-100)
Clothes (US $20)
Shoes (US $20-25)
Shirt (US $5)
Pants (US $10)
Lamp (US $10)
Book (US $6-20)
Tools (US $15)

Haiti
Bicycle (US $200) second hand ($150)
Watch (US $40-60)
Sewing machine (US $400) second hand ($250)
Cow (US $250)
Goat (US $40-50)
Chicken (US $5-10)
Pig (US $100-250) priced from small to big
Sheep (US $100-150) priced from small to big

Honduras
Bike (US $100-170)
Toy (US $5-10)
Doll (US $5-10)
Ball (US $7-12)
Mattress (US $20-25)
Blanket (US $10)
Food (US $20-30)
Goat (US $60)
Cow (US $300-400)
Chicken (US $6-8)
Pig (US $70-100)
Clothes (US $15-35)
Shoes (US $12-30)
Shirt (US $3-10)
Pants (US $7-15)
Lamp (US $9-12)
Book (US $9)
Tools (US $10-25)
Sewing Machine (new) (US $85-95)

India
Bicycle (new) (US $58) (used $23-28)
Sewing machine (new) (US $81) (used $47)
Chicken (US $3-5)
Goat (US $70-93)
Cow (US $233-279)

Indonesia
Bicycle (US $52-63) second hand (US $10-15)
Sewing machine (US $84-253)
Chicken (US $3-4)
Goat or sheep (US $105)
Cow (US $316-737) depends on weight for a 3 year old

Kenya
Child Items: Family Items:
Sewing Machine (US $233-412) Bed (US $128)
Bicycle (US $41-96) Mattress (US $19)
Tools (US $115) Bedding (US $6)
Ball (US $19) General Clothing (US $38)
Clothing/Shoes (US $38) Lamp (US $6)
Book/Stationery (US $13) Food (US $26)
Toys (US $19) Fertilizer (US $38)
Bedding (US $6)
Music Cassette (US $2)
Chicken (US $4)
Heifer/Bull (US $68-110) cow is (US $137)
Goat (US $27-34)
Sheep (US $16-110)
Pig (US $55-110)
Guinea pigs (US $14)

Mexico
Bicycle $120 Sewing Machine $50
Stove $200 Farm Tools $100
Washing machine $250 Chicken $7
Table $80 Goat $50
Bed $150 Pig $60
Mattress $90
Water container $90
Fruit Tree $60 each to grow and sell fruit
Hand Mill $150 for corn to prepare and sell tortillas
Thread/rope $90 to make hammocks to sell
Wheel $200 to make pottery

Nicaragua
Bicycle (US $86) second hand ($46)
Toy (US $7)
Doll (US $5-15)
Ball (US $5-20)
Mattress (US $80)
Blanket (US $15)
Clothes (US $12)
Shoes (US $12)
Shirt (US $9-30)
Pants (US $9-30)
Food (US $142) includes rice, beans, oil, sugar, coffee, toilet tissue, toothpaste
Lamp (US $12)
Book (US $15)
Tools (US $30)
Sewing machine (US $285) second hand ($171)
Chicken (US $15)
Goat (US $57)
Cow (US $285)
Pig (US $57)
Sheep (US $57)
Guinea pig (US $15)

Peru
Bike (US $70)
Toy (US $15)
Doll (US $10)
Ball (US $10) Soccer ball (US $20)
Mattress (US $100)
Blanket (US $20)
Sheets (US $30)
Bed (US $60) bunk bed ($150)
Food (US $50) for a family of 5 per week
Goat/pig/ram (US $55)
Cow (US $550)
Chicken (US $10)
Graduation dress (US $60)
Suit (US $60)
Clothes (US $50)
Shoes (US $30)
Shirt US $15)
Pants (US $20)
Chest of drawers (US $60)
Wardrobe (US $90)
Sewing machine (US $200)
Lamp (US $10)
Book (US $20)
School supplies (US $150)
Tools (US $50)
Mobile sandwich booth (US $200) to sell sandwiches and fast food in the street

Philippines
Bicycle (US $240), used ($180)
Sewing machine (US $140), used ($110)
Chicken (US $3-4)
Goat (US $20-40)
Cow (US $200-240)
Pig (US $30-50)

Rwanda
Bicycle (US $108) second hand ($54)
Sawing machine (US $108) second hand ($58)
Chicken (US $4)
Cow (US $145)
Goat (US $22)
Pig (US $27)
Sheep (US $27)
Rabbit (US $1.50)
Iron Sheet (US $86-107)

Tanzania
Goat (US $30)
Chicken (US $3.50)
Cow (US $300)
Pig (US $30)
Sheep (US $30)
Guinea pigs (US $2)
Rabbits (US $15)
Pigeons (US $3)
Ducks (US $5)
Bicycle (US $80)
Sewing machine (US $150)
Iron Sheet (US $5.25)
Kerosene Lamp (US $6.25)
Mosquito Lamp (US $3.13)
Mosquito Net (US $5.00)
Food (US $26.25)
Child’s Dress (US $12.50)
Shoes (US $10.00-12.25)
Bed (US $31.25)
Chairs (US $43.75)
Cupboard (US $25.00)
Suitcase (US $10.00-12.25)
Kerosene Stove (US $7.50)
Blanket (US $10.00)
Bed sheet (US $6.25)
Building Materials (US $37.50)

Thailand
Bike (US $33)
Bike for small child (US $23)
Toy (US $5)
Doll (US $5)
Ball (US $4)
Mattress, thin (US $21)
Mattress, thick (US $79)
Blanket (US $21)
Goat (US $26) only raised in some parts of country
Cow (US $178)
Buffalo (US $315)
Pig (US $21)
Chicken (US $2)
Clothes (US $5)
Shoes (US $5)
Shirt (US $5)
Pants (US $5)
Lamp (US $8)
Book (US $3) Depends on type. Coloring book - $1-2.
Stationary (US $2)
Towel (US $4)
Kitchen ware (US $5)
First aids kit (US $4)
Guitar (US $66)
Small Bible (US $9)
Mosquito net (US $13)
Sewing machine (US $114) second hand (US $51)

Uganda
School bag (US $10)
Shirt (US $10)
Shorts (US $10)
Dress, Skirt, Blouse (US $10)
Shoes (US $15)
Chicken (US $3-5)
Goat (US $14-16)
Cow (US $137 & up)
Pig (US $44)
Sheep (US $16)
Guinea pigs (pair) (US $3)
Turkeys, small one (US $8)
Duck (US $3)
Bicycle (US $66) second hand slightly less
Suitcase (US $30)
Sewing machine (US $82-109)
Hoe (US $2.85)
Shovel (US $4)
Rake (US $8.56)
Machete (US $2.85)
Carpentry:
Axe (US $5.71)
Saw (US $15.69)
Hammer (US $34.25)
Carving Chisel (US $17.12)
Mallet (US $31.39)
Carpenter Square (US $22.83)
Level – 3 ft. (US $28.54)
Plumb Bob & Line (US $7.13)
Folding Knife-3 1⁄2” (US $11.13)
Rasp/File (US $18.55)
Sharpening Stool (US $17.12)
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So if I send $20 to the Philippines all they could buy is 5 chickens or 1 goat?
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Sorry for the confusion Scarlett by referring you to this thread. The project staff assist the child (and family if applicable) to identify their needs and the most suitable gift, which could be food, clothing, home improvements, toys, school supplies, etc. depending upon the child's specific needs. The gift items listed are examples of items that cost a certain amount not an all inclusive list of what can be purchased. Whatever items are sold in a local market, which is practically everything you can imagine, are possible to be purchased. Only families in areas where livestock can be kept and they have the skills to take care of them will purchase lifestock with a gift. With $20 sent to Brazil, sometimes my kid has purchased food or clothing or toys with a child gift for his birthday or Christmas.
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I'm going to send the family of my sponsored child in India a family gift. I would like it to be enough for some sort of income generation. I'm not sure how much is necessary to make this possible and I can't seem to find this information on the website. Any advice?

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How much necessary for income generation?.
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What about Togo?
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Unfortunately, we don't have this information for Togo yet since we just recently began working there. I'll post the information once we receive it.
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Shaina Moats

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Hey Aura-Lee! I'm check on this information for you.
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My sponsored child's mother wants to go to hairdresser school in Burkina Faso. Any idea how much this would cost there?
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Barbara, these are the only examples we have. Sorry! I encourage you to send an amount you are comfortable with.
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My child and her family lives in Burkina Faso. I would like to send them a monetary gift for Christmas in the hopes that they could buy livestock. What are the general costs of livestock there?

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving.
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Just wondering if i could purchase a cow for the family and how much it costs?

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Can i purchase an animal for the family?.
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Reyn, you are welcome to send a monetary gift to your child (see approximate costs above) and suggest that it be used to purchase livestock. However, your child and their family will make the final decision about what's purchased according to what they need.
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Thanx for the Info about the countries currency with things. That helps me out a lot, because I have 3 Correspondent children: 1 in Mexico 1 in El Salvador & 1 in Guatemala. And not yet have I sent any monetary gift to them. So I am wondering what's the most amount of money I should send to them? Any ideas? $20 dollars in US in like 60 in Bolivia i heard. But I don't know how much it is, where my children live. Help me please. Thanx! :)
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what gift amount you send really depends on what you're comfortable with. Compassion discourages regular gift giving (as in one gift every 4 months, or every 6 months consistently, so the family doesn't start to expect gifts). But, any amount we can send our kids is appreciated so, so much. I sent 65 dollars to my child in El Salvador and his family was able to buy so much! I received two photos-one with he and his mom standing next to the gifts on a table, and another of my sponsored child holding a special treat he picked out. With 65 dollars they were able to buy milk, rice, beans (a huge bag of beans!), bleach, soap, shampoo, corn flakes,juice, toilet paper, flour, and one outfit!

Just remember that any amount you can send is appreciated so so much! Try not to give regularly, and instead of sending a smaller amount several times throughout the year, I would just send one larger amount during the year.

Also-don't forget your sponsored children's birthday! You can send them a monetary gift for their Birthday too! Your child in El Salvador just might pick out Corn Flakes! (that is what my sponsored child did for his 6th birthday with part of the monetary gift money!)
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Sarah Zumba Nagle

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I want to give a family gift to my child sponsored in the Philippines. I was curious as to what the common use of family gifts are in that country. I know in other countries it may be animals or property. Is there something specific that best helps those in the Philippines?

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I would like to send my sponsored child's family enough money to purchase livestock if they are allowed to do so in their area, they live in Togo. If they are able to keep livestock can you tell me how much I need to send in order for them to receive an animal?

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You're welcome to send your child a monetary gift and suggest it be used to purchase livestock. However, they will make the final decision regarding what is purchased.
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Lori Bartlett

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I certainly want them to get what they need the most, of course but my main reason for asking this question was to make sure I sent enough to cover the cost of an animal if they wanted one. So, is there some kind of list for Togo that will tell how much different livestock cost?
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Because our work began in Togo after the list above was created, we don't have any info for that country. However, the cost would be similar to other African countries.
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Lori Bartlett

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Ok, thanks so much for replying back to me. I really appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
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My child's animal died and when they write they say they'd really like a new one. I was wondering if there was a way I could buy her one for Christmas or her birthday and how much it would cost?

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Can I specify a gift idea when sending money? (I.E. a toy) Or, can I have communication with the her church rep directly for options of specific ideas and needs? What type of things are available compared to USA. My child lives in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Thanks! TAS

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Is there an updated version of this list somewhere? It'd be great to know what gift money will buy in each of these countries now... thanks!
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Hi sspender! I'm so sorry but this list has not been updated recently. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as it is!

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