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Last year I sent money for a bicycle for Christmas for my boy in Kenya. He received a small toy and a ball, probably cost$5.00. I called and the lady I spoke to said they choose what to give a child. What happened to the remainder of my money? Did it help some one else have a present? I expected my money to go where they told me it would. You are supposed to be a Christian origination, yet you lied to me and misrepresented what was told me.
Hello, Jacque! Thank you so much for reaching out. According to what I was able to find in our records, with the two gifts you sent combined, Harmon was able to buy a sheep. His letter that was delivered on November 11 reads “He is thankful for the gift you sent to him where he managed to buy a sheep.” When you send a gift, it is always up to the family where the money goes. Even though you had requested it go towards a bicycle, the family may not have had need for or space to store a bicycle, and bought something that would benefit them more greatly than a bicycle would have. I’m sure this sheep will be a great blessing to Harmon and his family, but I am very sorry if this procedure was not explained correctly to you when you initially gave the gift. If you have any additional questions about this process, please feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to help you further! Thank you so much for all you do for your sponsored child.
I have loved seeing all these cycles and the use of them. My husband believes that motorized bikes are going to be huge in the future. Here in the needy cultures I have loved to see people carrying so many cabbages and other items while walking beside their bike is so special . I can only imagine how it empowers them to get from one lace toanother to visit people or get to the market or even church. A BIKE is huge. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and the joy on the peoples faces.
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I would like to send a financial gift to some of my kids so that they can buy a bicycle; however I wonder if this would not be a good idea for all cultures/countries. Could you offer some guidance on this topic?
Hi Stephanie! You are right that a bicycle or any other type of gift may not always be appropriate or useful in all areas. That said, when you send a financial gift, we will sit down with the family and discuss needs and wants. They will be able to select a gift that is the most appropriate and useful for them. You are welcome to recommend a specific use for a gift but the ultimate decision on how the gift is used is up to the family.
Thank you for opening my eyes afresh to see and appreciate the value of bicycle. We are so much used to them to the extent we fail to see its power to transform the economic situation of people in this part of the world and its ability to help people move with ease to different places. In our country, bicycles have been used to help pregnant mothers get to health center in an easy way and in that way save the life of both the mother and child.
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