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.