Solving Global Hunger, Poverty and Disease

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 is led by the president and CEO, Kate Schecter. The World Neighbors staff includes two U.S.-based staff members and 48 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; thousands of volunteers in Asia, Africa and Latin America and Caribbean.

Since 1951, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors.

  • History

    Learn the history behind World Neighbors and how Dr. John L. Peters’ dream led to life changing experiences for more than 26 million people.
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  • Videos

    Watch more of our videos to learn about World Neighbors programs and success stories.
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  • Accountability

    We are dedicated to good stewardship of all World Neighbors funds. Overhead costs are kept to a minimum to ensure as much money as possible supports our programs.
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  • FAQ

    We answer many frequently asked questions covering why our mission is so important, how we identify where we work, and what exactly we do.
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  • Careers

    Looking to make a difference full time? Check for career openings in the United States and internationally to join our team of exceptional employees.
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  • Our Partners

    Learn more about our many partners and friends who help make many of our programs a reality.
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  • News & Publications

    Stay up-to-date with World Neighbors local and global news, review the latest e-newsletter or check out our award-winning magazine!
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  • Media Kit

    Are you a member of the media? Contact our Marketing and Communications office today or download World Neighbors logos for your convenience.
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  • Contact Us

    Call or e-mail today to contact our team about volunteering, making a donation, partnerships or for more information.
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