Reducing the amount to each family to serve more people and reduce the chances of crime borne of desperation
Our initial goal was to serve 320 families. When the local government saw the effectiveness of our distribution, and recognized that we are the only Non-Government Organization working anywhere in the area (as far as we know), and since the government does not have the resources to provide for all the people's needs, they have asked us to dramatically increase the number of people we serve. The additional people they have assigned to us and asked us to feed include approximately: 50 widows (heads of households with children), 100 prostitutes (heads of households with children), market porters (people whose job is to carry goods in the markets), and others.
We have also discovered that we can reduce the amount we give to families, as some people were receiving no food at all, and were begging for only 1 kg (2.2 pounds of flour) so that they could feed their children. At the last distribution, approximately 200 people were asking for help that were not on our list, and we had to tell them we didn't have enough to help them. Now we have decided to reduce the distribution amount by half, which reduces the amount each family receives, but allows us to give something to the many who have no help at all, such as the additional people the local government has asked us to help.
According our the staff on the ground, they also think this is good because it decreases the chance that the families who were receiving 20 kg are less likely to be robbed by those who were receiving nothing.
For $18, the Dufatanye Organization can provide one weeks' survival food supply to a family of six people as follows:
10 kilograms (22 lbs) of Corn Flour
3 kilograms (7 lbs) of Beans
One (1) 12" bar of soap for hygiene
$18 will provide food for 1 week for 1 family
$180 will provide food for 1 week for 10 families
$4,500 will provide food for 1 week for 250 families