I have been into guitars most of my student life. But couldn't get a decent one because of money constraints which are faced by anyone in a 3rd world country like India.
A few months back i got a cheap guitar as a gift which costs 5000 Rupees which is like 70 dollars. As you can tell by the price it is not that good and very hard to play. Still i practiced on it until i gave up due to the pain felt in my fingers all the time. Then i came across a guitar from Fender Squier which is owned by a friend of mine. Playing it for a few minutes, i learned that playing a guitar is not that hard as it was on my guitar.
I happily wanted to buy one for myself but could'nt get money from anywhere. Because to be fair it is the price of my dad's full month income. I had left hope until someone told me about Justgiving. I don't know how much value does 290 dollars has to you but i promise your contribution will be valued and appreciated.