SUCCESS STORIES

September 14, 2018

World Neighbors in Bolivia

Click here to see a video about our work in Bolivia!
June 2, 2017

Leandro Mendez, Community of San Nicolas, Bolivia

San Nicolas is a community in the sub-central part of Sik´imira, a municipality of Vila Vila, located in the department of Cochabamba, in Bolivia. In April 2015 when WN first visited and presented our development approach to the community, participants did not show much interest.
October 25, 2022

Agroecology: Our Land is Our Life

October 25, 2022

My Food is African: Healthy Soil, Safe Foods and Diverse Diets

World Neighbors is a member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Their most recent publication, “My Food is African“, invites readers on a […]
September 15, 2022

Beehives Raise Incomes in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s economy is based on agriculture. The only effective way to raise incomes is to increase agricultural output and productivity. This can be done with […]
October 28, 2019

Voice of America | Nightline Africa Interview

On October 12, 2019, World Neighbors CEO, Kate Schecter was interviewed on Voice of America’s program Nightline Africa. Listen to the interview here:    
December 20, 2018

In Burkina Faso, Better Chickens are an Antidote to Hunger and Militancy

Burkina Faso struggles with criminal and ideologically-motivated armed groups. One small NGO is addressing this through “passing on the gift” chicken farming. This is a model […]
September 14, 2022

In Guatemala, Savings and Credit Groups Help Give A Reason To Stay

By Lionel Vigil Guatemala suffers from poverty, violence and corruption. While no one wishes these things to drive them from family or community, sometimes it can […]
March 4, 2022

In Guatemala, Savings And Credit Groups Drive Economic Growth

By Lionel Vigil Guatemalans make the arduous journey trying to migrate to other countries for many reasons – poverty, corruption, violence, the effects of climate change. […]
December 16, 2021

How Real Investment Is Making A Difference For These Central American Women

Nearly 5 million people in Central America rely on the coffee sector for income. The region produces about 15% of the world’s arabica, the smooth-flavored beans […]
October 13, 2021

World Neighbors Indonesia

Check out this video about our USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance funded work in Indonesia. The film captures the rare beauty of this South East Asian […]
September 23, 2021

The Increasing Community Resilience in Oecusse Project

Read about the profound impact our USAID-funded project on Increasing Community Resilience in Timor-Leste, Oecusse is having on the people of this remote region.
September 7, 2021

BBC World Service | Kenya and Corona Virus

Listen to Chris Macoloo, World Neighbors Regional Director of East Africa, on BBC’s World Service Business Daily, originally aired on September 6, 2021.     To […]
March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

This International Women’s Day, World Neighbors (WN) is excited to celebrate the success of our partnership with The Starbucks Foundation.  In 2018, WN received a generous […]
February 1, 2021

“I Am Healthy Because of Trees”

Michael Abiero Makene, 73, was born in and still lives in the village of Bukama in Tanzania. In 1975 the local government started to promote tree […]
January 13, 2021

Circle of Life

Give a person a fish, the proverb goes, and they can feed their family for a day. Teach them to fish, and you have fed them […]
December 1, 2020

Planning for a Climate Crisis Helped a Small Indonesian Island Battle Covid-19

In remote villages on Lombok, a rugged Indonesian island east of Bali, resilience to global warming means figuring out how to maintain water and food supplies […]
November 9, 2020

Can Climate Preparedness Mitigate Emerging Pandemics?

Indonesians say being prepared for climate-related disasters helped blunt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic—and that lessons in resilience may mitigate the effects of climate crises […]
August 4, 2020

Kitchen Gardens- Planting Better Lives for Nepal’s Marginalized

Laxmi B.K., age 35, lives in the rural village of Sindhupalchok in Nepal. She is a member of the Dalit community of Chautara Sangachokgadi Municipality, ward […]
October 7, 2022

Haiti is Our Birthplace, Our Livelihood and Our Home. Here’s Why We Are Staying.

By Angeline Tirogene and Gislet Ceneus Over the past five years, Haiti has faced major multidimensional crises. Insecurity, internal and external migration, food and gas shortages […]
April 13, 2020

Savings and Credit for Haiti

By Kate Schecter OKLAHOMA CITY: In the decade since an earthquake devastated Haiti, the United States and other  governments poured more than $13 billion into recovery […]
March 5, 2020

Aid workers navigate unpredictable access amid Haiti’s violent protests

WASHINGTON — Fuel shortages, violence, and protest-blocked roads are threatening NGO operations in natural disaster-prone Haiti. Intermittent protests have roiled the country since the government announced […]
August 11, 2022

Eco-Toilet in India Helps Farmers Make Their Own Fertilizer

By Teresa Bergen If you live in developed parts of the world, beware, because this article is going to talk about two things that might make […]
April 13, 2020

World Neighbors is Making a Global Difference

By Amanda Gibson SEATTLE, Washington — Dr. John L. Peters founded World Neighbors in 1951. It is an NGO based in Oklahoma City. After serving in World War […]
June 2, 2017

Bihar

The World Neighbors supported, Bihar Integrated Rural Development Program (BIRDP), is operating in Madhubani district, Bihar,India. The program covers 43 villages from 4 blocks - Phulparas, Ghoghardiha, Andhratharhi and Khutouna.
December 17, 2021

Rainfall Prediction App Builds Resilience & Increases Incomes

Indonesia’s Sumbawa Island lies in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands. In the center of Sumbawa is Dompu Regency. Dompu is dotted with small family […]
October 13, 2021

World Neighbors Indonesia

Check out this video about our USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance funded work in Indonesia. The film captures the rare beauty of this South East Asian […]
May 18, 2021

USAID FY20 Annual Report

Check out USAID/Indonesia’s Annual Report. World Neighbors is cited on p. 80 for our work in disaster risk reduction.
February 1, 2021

We Must Remain Vigilant

“In neighboring villages there continue to be many cases of coronavirus, but thanks to the ongoing work of our disaster management group, Alhamdulillah our village Seruni […]
December 1, 2020

Planning for a Climate Crisis Helped a Small Indonesian Island Battle Covid-19

In remote villages on Lombok, a rugged Indonesian island east of Bali, resilience to global warming means figuring out how to maintain water and food supplies […]
November 9, 2020

Can Climate Preparedness Mitigate Emerging Pandemics?

Indonesians say being prepared for climate-related disasters helped blunt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic—and that lessons in resilience may mitigate the effects of climate crises […]
May 4, 2018

Climate Change and Indonesia’s Slash and Burn – Agroforestry Can Help

Agricultural production, especially in developing countries, plays a large role in carbon dioxide emissions. The culprit: “Slash and burn,” a crude deforestation technique used in a […]
November 27, 2017

DRR Success Story: Call me Flood!

Picture the scene – it’s a typical one found across rural Indonesia.  Under the blazing sun, there’s a group of children playing football, kicking up clouds […]
June 2, 2017

World Neighbors-supported farmers prosper despite extreme weather patterns

Rural communities in Eastern Indonesia are increasingly suffering from the effects of climate change. Generational knowledge of when, where, and how much rain will fall is becoming more unreliable, leading to critical harvest failures.
June 2, 2017

Mrs. Masnah: An Entrepreneur in Indonesia

Mrs. Masnah is 50 years old and lives in Dara Kunci Village on the Island of Lombok in Indonesia. She has four children. Mrs. Masnah was very enthusiastic when she attended a training on the manufacturing of cashew fruit and wheat crackers which was facilitated by the staff of LPSDM, a World Neighbors local partner.
October 25, 2022

Agroecology: Our Land is Our Life

October 25, 2022

My Food is African: Healthy Soil, Safe Foods and Diverse Diets

World Neighbors is a member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Their most recent publication, “My Food is African“, invites readers on a […]
March 30, 2022

World Neighbors Expands Its Work to Malawi

World Neighbors (WN) expanded its work in Africa to Malawi in 2022. Located in southeastern Africa to the south of Tanzania, Malawi is one of the […]
October 25, 2022

Agroecology: Our Land is Our Life

October 25, 2022

My Food is African: Healthy Soil, Safe Foods and Diverse Diets

World Neighbors is a member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Their most recent publication, “My Food is African“, invites readers on a […]
October 28, 2019

Voice of America | Nightline Africa Interview

On October 12, 2019, World Neighbors CEO, Kate Schecter was interviewed on Voice of America’s program Nightline Africa. Listen to the interview here:    
June 17, 2019

In Mali, Higher Incomes and Social Solidarity as an Antidote to Militancy

In 2013, much of Mali was controlled by armed insurgents. With French military and American intelligence and other support, Mali’s government reestablished formal control of the […]
July 8, 2022

Return to Agroforestry Empowers Women in Nepal

by Abhaya Raj Joshi Although farmers traditionally practiced agroforestry in Nepal, they gave it up with the advent of the green revolution. A women’s group in […]
June 7, 2022

Bamboo Is a Salve for Impoverished Nepal

By Peter Coy Bamboo makes a fascinating case study of how to do developmental assistance right. Take Nepal, where the fast-growing plant (technically a grass, not […]
November 9, 2021

A French missionary’s agricultural system for Nepal’s rural populations

In the 1980s Jesuit Fr Henri de Laulanié studied a method for increasing rice production in Madagascar. His system of rice intensification is now being applied […]
June 7, 2021

India’s COVID-19 Outbreak Has Spread To Nepal

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: COVID-19 is still raging in South Asia, and a lot of the attention has been on India, which has broken records for cases […]
June 7, 2021

In Nepal’s COVID-19 Tsunami, Prevention Remains the Best Medicine

India’s desperate COVID-19 situation is driving attention around the world, and with good reason.   Cases and deaths are rapidly rising.  The health care system is overwhelmed and, tragically, […]
June 7, 2021

Global economic development: three lessons to apply as we pull out of the pandemic

No country has escaped the setbacks caused by the pandemic, but its impact on low-income countries is particularly devastating. The World Bank estimates that the pandemic […]
February 9, 2021

Creating Organic Pesticides and Fertilizers from Animal Urine

Chemical pesticides and fertilizers can be problematic—they are dangerous to ingest, they contaminate soil and plants, and they are dangerous to store and use.  In poor, […]
September 25, 2020

Kitchen Gardens Were a Lifeline–And Path Out of Poverty–in the Developing World, Even Before COVID-19

Since COVID-19 hit, households in developed countries have been planting kitchen gardens. For some, this provides necessary food in the face of economic upheaval.  But for […]
August 4, 2020

Kitchen Gardens- Planting Better Lives for Nepal’s Marginalized

Laxmi B.K., age 35, lives in the rural village of Sindhupalchok in Nepal. She is a member of the Dalit community of Chautara Sangachokgadi Municipality, ward […]
July 1, 2020

Investing in WASH to Prevent COVID-19

By Srijana Karki More Nepalis abroad than in Nepal have contracted and died from the coronavirus. At least 33 Nepalis in the UK, 15 in the United […]
May 26, 2020

COVID-19: Respect Nature and Learn to Co-inhabit – Ms. Srijana Karki

Interview by Sai Nikesh D Covid-19 crisis has hit every part of the world, disturbing life and living altogether. Governments, NGOs, individuals and more sections of […]
January 29, 2019

Drier Conditions Force Researchers To Find New Rice Farming Method

Rice farmers in Nepal are improving yields by more than 50 percent using a technique that sows fewer plants per acre but produces more rice per […]
November 4, 2022

Small-Scale Fishponds Improve Nutrition, Help Protect The Environment In Latin America

By Lionel Vigil Fish farming has exploded over the past 20 years, especially in Latin America.  But there are serious environmental concerns, including concentrations of fish waste […]
July 21, 2022

In Peru, Avocados Are A Way Out Of Poverty

  Avocado consumption has skyrocketed around the world, particularly in the US.  Per capita consumption has grown 8% per year for the past decade. About 40% of […]
July 11, 2022

In Peru, Guinea Pigs Help Insulate Farmers From Economic Shocks

Peru’s economy is recovering from the shutdowns and other measures taken to address COVID-19, which hit the country’s people especially hard. But like the rest of […]
October 7, 2021

World Neighbors Announces New Project to Increase Incomes in Peru’s Coffee Producing Regions

Oklahoma City – Oct. 7, 2021 – World Neighbors today announced a new collaboration with The Starbucks Foundation. For the next two years, The Starbucks Foundation will […]
June 2, 2017

Pelagia Mendoza Sicha, Peru

Pelagia Mendoza Sicha, from Peru, was engaged in various agricultural activities, including raising dairy cows. The raising of cattle for milk production was producing discouraging results because production and maintenance costs were very high.
June 2, 2017

Magno Castillo: A Farmer in Peru

Vacahuasi is a rural community in the district of Ocros in the Ayacucho Region of Peru where Magno Castillo lives with his wife Primitiva Gutierrez and their five children. Magno is happy and enthusiastic about his new guinea pig farm. He started working on it in May 2015, when World Neighbors was implementing a community led assessment of the region.
October 25, 2022

Agroecology: Our Land is Our Life

October 25, 2022

My Food is African: Healthy Soil, Safe Foods and Diverse Diets

World Neighbors is a member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Their most recent publication, “My Food is African“, invites readers on a […]
February 22, 2022

Besides Mitigating Climate Change, Agroforestry Raises Incomes & Enhances Nutrition

A tree nursery in Tanzania’s Kinga program.   Planting trees is one of the more effective ways to counter the effects of climate change. Numerous initiatives, […]
September 23, 2021

The Increasing Community Resilience in Oecusse Project

Read about the profound impact our USAID-funded project on Increasing Community Resilience in Timor-Leste, Oecusse is having on the people of this remote region.
July 10, 2020

How a Tiny and Impoverished Pacific Island Beat the Corona Virus

By Randy Mulyanto and Nicola Smith Almost half of Timor-Leste’s more than 1.2 million population still lives in extreme poverty with little access to healthcare and […]
July 1, 2020

In Timor-Leste, WASH Investments Help Drive COVID-19 Success

By Edd Wright To date, Timor-Leste has only 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and no deaths.  It hasn’t registered a new case since 24 April. This is […]
June 23, 2020

What Helped this Asian Country to Keep Covid-19 Deaths at Zero?

By Andrew Wight Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, has seen more than 50 days without new COVID-19 cases and has yet to report a single death, thanks […]
June 2, 2020

Edd Wright on Climate Resilience in Timor-Leste

February 5, 2019

In Guatemala and Timor-Leste, single-use plastic water bottles are saving lives

Amid all the plastic-bashing of single-use water bottles, the benefits that many people enjoy from innovative uses of these bottles have been lost in the shouting. […]
June 2, 2017

Water and soil conservation technologies practice success at permanent garden

Generally, all farmers in Oecusse, Timor-Leste practice slash and burn to open new farmland. The mountainous, geographic condition of Oecusse means most of the farmland is on steep, sloping land that make the impact from slash and burn even worse, as the top soil washes down and away during the rainy season.
June 2, 2017

The Community of Fatunababo in Timor-Leste: Success in protecting and conserving their water source

On the small island nation of East Timor or Timor Leste, Aldea Fatunababu is a small village in Suco Usitaco with 58 households. The main livelihood in this area is dry land agriculture. Fatunababu’s geography is mountainous, with a lot of waste and rocky land which is prone to landslides.