I asked the head teacher if I gave her (the head teacher) the 50 rand if the auntie could be trusted to get the child to the hospital for treatment and how I would know that this actually happened. The plan we came up with is that I gave the money to the head teacher. She is going to contact the girl’s Auntie and make arrangements for her to go to the hospital next Tuesday morning. The head teacher will notify Thoko when then are going so that one of the Manyano ladies can go meet them there and make sure they get the treatment, which should help them get better treatment. They will ask for a prognosis report to be returned to me so we know she got the treatment and also know if she will need to make a return visit so I can get the funds to the head teacher for the return visit.
This seems like a lot of mistrust and checkpoints. I struggle with that a lot. But somehow we (the head teachers, Manyano and I) have to find a way that we can help individual children with a few of their basic needs and make sure they get the care. It’s as much to protect the child and make sure she gets the care as it is to make sure the money isn’t wasted. We all waste the equivalent of $7.00 every day. One latte from Starbucks and we’ve almost thrown that much away. But it’s a different playing field here. One, people are used to receiving handouts without accountability and two the needs are so great.
I don’t know if this will be successful or not but my thought is we’ll use this as an experiment. If this can work maybe we will have set up a process we can use with other children we have seen that need medical care that is beyond reach because of distance and the cash needed to get to the clinic or hospital.
The ladies are going to add the children to the list of children to make school uniforms for. They also left a couple of boxes of clothes for these children or others in need. We’ll see what happens from here. Bit by bit, one heart at a time, one child at a time.