One of the biggest challenges we face is when do we “invest” limited resources on one individual versus allocating those same funds to benefit all. Smarter minds than mine have debated this for years. Add the Indian cultural values the group much more than the individual which is most times exactly the opposite for we westerners.
Last month while in India we had one of opportunities to choose. This young girl had developed a skin disease that led to her mother abandoning her and relinquishing all of her parental rights. The orphanage did not have the discretionary funds for her to see a specialist to determine if there was even any treatment.
After a brief discussion a couple of our team members wanted to advocate for her not knowing if any treatment would be helpful but a medical exam needed to be the first step.
Earlier this week I received an update. She was responding to the treatment and the disease seemed to be responding to the medicine prescribed. Maybe more importantly her emotional well-being had significantly improved. Her smile had returned and her hope was renewed.
This time we chose one and I think it was the right choice!