having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character <an ethically gray area>Life's journey doesn't follow a straight line, and neither do challenges that arise when board members are running a nonprofit.
In October of last year, Finding Freedom volunteers were doing home visits in Guatemala. Meeting with the women and their children in our program is essential toward making sure our donated dollars are spent wisely and the criteria of our program is being followed. We try to be discreet, but a group of white men and women visit a remote Mayan village, heads turn and word spreads quickly. The porch that belonged to the family we were visiting in a particular mountain village quickly became a mini medical clinic.
The tiny six year old was difficult to see at the beginning of our visit. He sat there so quietly because he has cerebral palsy and he is nonverbal. His mother used to carry him wherever he needed to go, but now she has two more children younger than he is, and he is too big to ride on her back any longer. She was there to ask us for a wheelchair.
|Wheelchair delivery, Guatemalan style|
|Nonverbal but capable of a big smile!|
We turned our collective heads and pretended not to notice.
Sometimes the right thing to do doesn't always fit into written guidelines.