Good Neighbors is an international humanitarian and development NGO in general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The organization was founded in South Korea in 1991 with a mission to make the world hunger-free – where people live together in harmony and respect human rights of their neighbors suffering from poverty, disaster, and oppression.
Good Neighbors has been working continuously for community development and enhancing the capacity of poor people to improve their livelihood and quality of life. Since its establishment, Good Neighbors has contributed in providing primary education to children all over the world, and in recognition thereof, Good Neighbors was awarded “Achieving Universal Primary Education” Millennium Development Goal by United Nations. Currently, Good Neighbors is supporting approximately 16.8 million people including 9.6 million children globally.
The Good Neighbors founding spirit aims to make neighbors suffering from poverty and discrimination self-reliant through sustainable development interventions which are beyond aid only. The mission and vision of Good Neighbors: To make the world a place without hunger, where people live together in harmony, reﬂects this spirit. In order to realize this vision, Good Neighbors has followed five principles since its founding.
- Work with a long-term view of at least 10 years
- Start with relief then move to development
- Empower and gradually hand-over to local neighbors
- Encourage people to help each other
- Be a facilitator and enabler
These concise but essential principles illustrate how Good Neighbors work with our neighbors across developing countries. Good Neighbors adopts a ‘people-centered’ and ‘comprehensive approach’ as the basis of its development interventions in order to help poor individuals and communities achieve ‘self-reliance’, which is crucial for sustainable development. Our 200 community development projects in 35 developing countries focus on empowering people through social development activities. In addition, we place particular emphasis on economic development in order to break the cycle of poverty that people suffer from. As a result, we have supported to form more than 1,000 cooperatives to support economic self-reliance.
Good Neighbors has steadily pursued innovation to improve the lives of its marginalized neighbors. In 2009, we developed a heating accumulator, G-saver, using appropriate technology for the poor in Mongolia. Good Sharing, a social enterprise, has been established in order to supply the device and create employment. Furthermore, we established social enterprises in Cambodia, Nepal, Malawi, and Rwanda to accelerate efforts for self-reliance through innovation.
Good Neighbors in Nepal
Good Neighbors which is known as Good Neighbors International Nepal in Nepal has been working here since 2002 with the objective of improving lives of poor people, especially children through education, income generating activities, health services, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection, advocacy, governance, and disaster risk reduction. Currently, we have operations in 20 districts. We believe that good coordination and partnership with concerned ministries of Nepal and line agencies working in respective thematic areas is the only way for achieving the sustainability of development programs in Nepal.
Enabling environment created for children and communities through education, health, livelihood and child protection.
Specific Goals (Sector Wise-Achievements)
- Children have expanded opportunities for quality education.
- Improved health status of children, families, and communities.
- Increased household income of target communities increased through institutional development, employment and income generation opportunity.
- Strengthened child protection system at the local level to promote child protection and child rights.
Community Development Project (CDP)
Community development is a process of bringing people together and supporting them to: identify the existing problems and needs in their community; enhance their knowledge, skills, confidence, and capacity; and engage in decision-making processes. It also gradually empowers them to improve the quality of their life. Through regular participation, local people gradually take action to address existing inequalities in power and participation, deal with the issues of their community, improve the coordination with the local government, and increase their involvement in community development.
GNI Nepal’s community development project supports community to achieve its long-term development aspirations. A crucial component of sustainability in community development is planning and implementation of activities done by the community itself, as opposed to being imposed from outside or by external actors.
Components of a Community Development Project
- Livelihood Enhancement
- Health and WASH
- Sponsorship Service and Child Protection
We implement activities related to cross-cutting issues like gender, advocacy, disaster risk reduction, environment management, partnership and networking along with our core thematic programs.
Poorest of the poor children, their parents, disadvantaged and marginalized communities, people from remote areas, community based organizations (cooperative, mothers group, farmer group, self-help group, SMC, PTA, child club, youth club, HFOMC, VCPC, VWASHCC, and FCHV) are GNI Nepal’s main beneficiary target groups.