Educating Communities to Find Long Term Solutions to Poverty

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.

Children often walk miles just for access to clean water. World Neighbors works to ease the burden of water walks by educating communities how to install wells in their villages.

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 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During our 62 years of experience, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors and our partners.

  • Hunger

    We work to eliminate hunger through an integrated approach of sustainable agriculture and proper nutrition. Learn more about our philosophy on hunger here.
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  • Poverty

    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.
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  • Disease

    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.
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  • Environment

    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.
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  • Our Successes

    Odira Dervilus, from Bayonnais, Haiti improved the lives of her six children through the integrated training she received from World Neighbors. Where she once struggled for a single meal a day, she now has an abundance of beans stored up. Read other stories about lives changed by our programs here!
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Our approach is simple and successful. World Neighbors big-picture, integrated approach focuses on the entire community rather than on one issue. We listen to the people without predetermined ideas of how they should change and we understand that issues are often interrelated. By removing one obstacle, we can open many avenues of opportunity.

World Neighbors strives to empower women by teaching them basic business skills, allowing their talents to be used for economic profit.

In cooperation with our global neighbors, we:

  • Select the areas where we work on the basis of need and opportunity
  • Establish a relationship of trust by listening to what they determine are their biggest issues
  • Help strengthen their capacity to identify, analyze and solve their own problems using locally available resources and the simplest tools
  • Try new ideas on a small scale. Stay practical to generate early enthusiasm and success
  • Help document the results and apply lessons learned to improve programs
  • Collaborate with communities to maintain and multiply their results by forming new partnerships and coordinating with additional villages and local organizations
  • Widen the impact by sharing the results and processes with larger-scale organizations, villages, networks, coalitions and governments to influence policies and actions