YARI uses several methods to identify which children to prioritize help to.
The most common way a child is introduced to Yari is through the organization’s field workers*, who are present locally throughout Iran. They concentrate on areas where poverty is ripe and single out candidates who are both in need and have families willing to let their children attend school if proper financial support is provided. But, each Yari donor can also suggest candidates. In both these cases, the Coordination Group in Tehran performs interviews with the family, child and checks their situation. If the candidate (child in question) passes scrutiny, their identification papers are gathered and put on a suggestion list which is sent to the Help committee in Sweden for final approval.
The new candidates are prioritized foremost based on need, a judgment the help committee and coordination group makes collectively while taking into account important factors such as gender, disabilities, health, size of the family, number of present parents, drug abuse and secondarily how long they have been in our waiting list to be sponsored.
* Each child has a responsible field worker – these are essentially Yari’s “boots on the ground” and each field worker is responsible for several children but all are coordinated by the our “coordination group” in Tehran and Stockholm.