Good Neighbors started in 1991 with the sole purpose of giving disadvantaged children a glimmer of hope. Back then, our organization concentrated on projects such as orphanages, handicapped children's programs, finding homes for widows stricken with poverty, rural community development, and assisting disadvantaged families of Tuberculosis patients.
We soon realized the dire need of similar aid in other parts of the world. In 1994, Good Neighbors became an international organization and was deeply involved in the Rwandan refugee situation, providing medical relief teams and establishing two non-formal schools at the refugee camps. Good Neighbors International became a formal entity in 1996, and since then we've expanded our projects and field offices to 29 countries around the world.
The United Nations
In August of 1996, Good Neighbors achieved General Consultative Status, the highest status level with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Under the Charter of the United Nations, the Economic and Social Council may consult with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with matters within the Council's competence. The Council recognizes that these organizations should have the opportunity to express their views, and that they possess special experience or technical knowledge of value to the Council's work. In 2007, Good Neighbors was also recognized by the United Nations with the prestigious Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Award for our achievements in universal primary education.