I was floored when I read this article from yesterday’s Chicago Tribune. Six year old Akaliza Alia was traveling from Kenya to Baltimore for heart surgery when a snafu resulted in an additional fee of $1,392. By the grace of God, the nurse traveling with Akaliza had enough room on his credit card to pay it.
The World Orphan Fund plans to set up a system to utilize surplus capacity on planes and other forms of transportation. Specifically we hope to help in transporting orphans who need medical care as well as shipping supplies to orphanages. Our goal is to work with U.S. based companies to achieve discounts or outright donations of space. It seems we can’t get that project underway soon enough.