Every year in July-August, Aziza’s Place starts the assessment of potential new beneficiaries to our programs. Our social workers apply strict selection criteria and thoroughly assess the children and their families’ home situation and background. Once we’ve established which children can join and benefit from our programs, they enter a probation period: Over three months we see how the children fit with our organization, particularly how well they integrate with the other children, and evaluate the parents’ willingness to collaborate with us.
Our acceptance criteria
The children come from varying backgrounds and circumstances, and all are under-served in the communities. We focus on the families that need our support the most. In most cases, the children’s parents work on and around the dumpsites surrounding Phnom Penh.
We have a framework that we work from, however it is certainly not black and white, as we have to work on a case-by-case basis. This is why assessments and engagement with the community by our social work team is so important. The framework we use includes the following considerations:
• Children who are between 6 and 9 years old
• Children are not currently attending school
• Children who are not currently being supported by an NGO
• Children who are victims of child labor, e.g. work at the dumpsite instead of attending school
• Children who live with a single parent or caregiver
• Children who live within the local poverty index
• Children from households where there is domestic violence
• Consider the household size and the number of income earners within the household
• Consider what the parent(s) jobs are; we generally give higher priority to dumpsite workers however all low-income jobs are considered.