This is one of the most common questions I get when working with groups. The short answer is, we don’t.
In every area that Amor serves, we work directly with a Ministry Planning Board (MPB). The Boards are made up of men and women that live and work in the communities where we serve. They are the leaders of the church in their communities. They know the needs of their community, the language, and the culture. They were serving their communities long before Amor began, and Amor exists to support them. They are the local experts on how to best help their community and who needs help.
Two times a year we estimate how many homes we will be able to build in the coming season. The pastors then go into their communities and collect the names and information of families in the community that meet the requirements of receiving a home. There are only two requirements. They must have a need, and they must own or be paying for the land where the home will be built.
The pastors then have other members of the MPB verify and sign off on their candidates to assure accountability to the process and each other.
The pastors then turn the candidates' biographies to Amor and we go around and check the sites with the pastor to verify a safe working environment, and mark the location with GPS.
The family biographies are translated, put into our computer system, and then matched up with a group coming to build a home.
I hope that gives you the answer, and if it brings up more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions, and chances are you’re not the only one who has the same question!