As an aid and development agency, Caritas Australia works to reach the poorest and most vulnerable people in our world. How these communities are identified can be a logistical, financial and cultural challenge. Priority must be considered within a broader context of the geography, local government networks, other non-government organisations, and even climate. Communities are identified through a comprehensive process in collaboration with on-the-ground partners, church and local networks.
When schools decide to partner directly with communities, applying the preference for the poor means it is important to consider what selection criteria has been applied. How will you determine which community to work with? How will it be determined if that community is the most need in that area? What other funding channels are available to the communities?