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.
February 7, 2020

World Neighbors in Guatemala –Strengthening Communities

In November 2019 Kate and a team from around the US visited our program sites in Guatemala. While there, Mike Barber shot this beautiful video! Check […]
October 23, 2019

Helping Guatemalans Stay In Guatemala

March 1, 2019

The Starbucks Foundation and World Neighbors Work to Empower Women in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

The Starbucks Foundation and World Neighbors Work to Empower Women in Huehuetenango, Guatemala Thanks to a generous grant from The Starbucks Foundation, a year ago, World […]
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

Adela Jerónimo

Adela Jerónimo (50) is a single woman, living in the community of Zarca La Mina, in Jocotan, Chiquimula, Guatemala. She never had children and lives with her mother, brother, and niece. Adela started collaborating with World Neighbors (WN) in 2009, when she received support to start a small poultry farm that is very successful.
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


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.
August 8, 2018

Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

August 7, 2018 Dear Friends of World Neighbors: I am writing to update you on the situation in Lombok, Indonesia following a series of devastating earthquakes […]
August 3, 2018

Deadly Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

  A deadly 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the central island of Lombok, Indonesia, on Sunday, July 29, 2018.  World Neighbors (WN) works in several villages on this […]
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.
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 […]
June 2, 2017

Jeet Bahadur: A Lead Farmer in Dolkha District, Nepal

Jeet Bahadur Tamang is a 40-year-old lead farmer from Gairimudi, in the Dolkha District of Nepal. Jeet currently owns and farms two-thirds of an acre. He used to work as a porter in another village, carrying heavy loads of goods on trekking routes. Jeet earned just enough to survive and no one in the village would give him a loan – not even a small amount.
June 2, 2017

Gufadanda Gaukhet, Sindhupalchok, Nepal

Gufadanda Gaukhet is a small village with a poor and marginalized community under the Ichok Village Development Committee (VDC) in the Sindhupalchok District of Nepal. There are 15 households with a population of 91.
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.
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

By Ankit Panda Timor-Leste faces particularly acute climate challenges as an isolated, poor, and dry nation. Water remains scarce, intensifying public health concerns amid the ongoing […]
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.