World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the poorest, most isolated rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
World Neighbors does not give away food or material aid, but we take a big-picture, integrated approach focusing on the entire community rather than on one issue. World Neighbors has found that problems and issues within a community are all interrelated and that you cannot solve one problem in isolation.
World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs in agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection.
World Neighbors listens to people, without predetermined ideas, to identify and address their needs, resulting in greater community involvement and long-lasting impact. World Neighbors provides knowledge and training so people gain skills and confidence, then local leaders and organizations emerge and work together to carry on the work. This makes World Neighbors programs very efficient and creates lasting change rather than a short-term fix.
World Neighbors operations are led by the president and CEO, who is ably assisted by a coordinating team composed of senior staff members. The World Neighbors staff includes: 20 team members located in the United States, including San Francisco, Florida and at the Oklahoma City headquarters; 66 team members in the field who are from the areas where they work; more than 50 local partner organizations that help to train volunteers and leaders; and thousands of volunteers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
Since 1951, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors. World Neighbors focuses on training and educating communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face – hunger, poverty and disease – rather than giving them food, money or constructing buildings.
We work to eliminate hunger through an integrated approach of sustainable agriculture and proper nutrition. Learn more about our philosophy on hunger here.
Globally, about 1 billion people are living on less than a dollar a day and 162 million live well below that on less than half a dollar a day. World Neighbors works to lessen poverty by working with communities to find creative income generating activities and encouraging credit and savings programs. Learn more about how we fight poverty here.
Millions of people die from preventable diseases each year. World Neighbors trains villagers to become health experts able to guide their communities to better overall health. We focus on three different areas- Community Health, Reproductive Health and fighting HIV/AIDS. Learn more about how we fight disease here.
World Neighbors programs around the world work under continuously changing weather conditions. As a result, World Neighbors help our communities build sustainable programs that are not only good for the community, but good for the earth. Learn more about how we help to identify ways to improve existing resources here.
Our programs contribute to improving the social, economic and physical resources available to and controlled by a community. This makes our program very efficient and creates lasting change rather than a short-term fix.
We invest in local leadership and organizations that continue and expand program activities after we end our support. The average time we stay in a community is eight to 10 years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting improvements in people’s lives and the community, not quick fixes that depend on outside assistance.
Currently, around 500,000 people benefit from World Neighbors program work in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During our 60 years of experience, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors and our partners.