On our journey, we were joined by two female case workers who made the trek in flip flops. Very commendable! Even on my Himalayan trek early in the month, it wouldn't be uncommon to see men carrying large drums or even refrigerators on their backs, all the while barefoot.
Upon our arrival, we found that the father had died, leaving behind 6 children all under the age of 13, and one mother with a Learning Disability. Because of her disability, she is unable to earn money for her family due to her lack of understanding how to.
If we can keep 6 children in a nearby village from sharing this same fate, then I believe this is how we should spend some of the donations. I want to take my fund in the direction of sustainability. I won't be around forever, and neither will NGO's... so perhaps starting at the root of the problem will be the solution we've all been looking for to end the epidemic of unwanted children.
**Update: Shortly, after this expedition... I met with the director in his office and we signed all the paperwork for this upcoming project. Their organization is required to obtain confirmation of donations from the government. They were very happy that we decided to support their cause, and the project will start early next week with the construction of a goat shed.