Since 1951, more than 29 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors.

World Neighbors is an international development organization that works to alleviate hunger, poverty, and disease in the most isolated rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America. World Neighbors does not give away food or material aid, but takes a big-picture, holistic 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 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, leadership, financial management and environmental protection.

World Neighbors listens, without predetermined ideas, to identify and address people’s needs, resulting in greater community involvement and long-lasting impact. World Neighbors provides knowledge and training to teach skills and gain 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 president and CEO, Dr. Kate Schecter. The World Neighbors staff includes five U.S.-based staff members and 46 team members in the field who are from the areas where they work. We work with more than 50 local partner organizations that help to train thousands of volunteers and leaders in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

To learn more about the work that World Neighbors does, visit our What We Do page.