Who is Good Neighbors?
Good Neighbors is an international humanitarian non-government charity organisation.
Founded in South Korea in 1991, we aim to make a world where people live together in harmony and without hunger. We have obtained general consultative status – the highest status given by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) – since 1996. As of 2018, this status was only granted to 138 non-government organisations.
Good Neighbors prioritises inclusive community development and child protection and has been involved in many humanitarian projects. Ever since the first community development project in Bangladesh (1992), Good Neighbors has worked with over 8 million children and families in 44 countries. This includes actively responding to various disasters and emergencies including the Kobe earthquake (1995), South Asia tsunami (2004), Haiti earthquake (2010), Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Nepal earthquake (2015) and Covid-19 across the world(2020).
In keeping with our international network, Good Neighbors also cooperate with our international partners on a global scale such as the UN World Food Program (UN WFP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN Development Program (UNDP), UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and other aid agencies. All of our programs are based on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.
Good Neighbors Australia
Launched in July 2018, we are the Australian support entity of Good Neighbors. Under the Good Neighbors Partnership and international governance, we concentrate on fundraising, volunteer programs, and global development campaigns to support in-field projects.
As such, Good Neighbors Australia works on many international projects with partner countries including Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Zambia. We have child sponsorship programs as well as implement community development projects that aim at creating sustainable communities.
Good Neighbors Australia has also run several campaigns on supporting the Australian community throughout the Australian bushfire and Covid-19 crisis. We have a particular focus on communities that require the most assistance within Australia. Additionally, the NSW State Government supported Good Neighbors Australia during the Winter Warmer Hamper campaign, which provided food and essential items for COVID-19 relief.
We are also accredited as an official, Australian charity by Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), the national regulator of charities.
Our Mission, Values and Approach
Good Neighbors Australia’s mission is to foster inclusive community development and child protection. We respect the human rights of those suffering from poverty, disasters and oppression, and help them to achieve self-reliance by enabling them to rebuild their hope. Good Neighbors Australia remains dedicated to our mission throughout the 44 countries we are involved in worldwide.
We act based on our core values. This means that we:
- Will work anywhere, irrespective of race, religion or gender
- Prioritise the rights of children
- Promote self-sustainability of individuals, families and communities
- Organise local volunteers to join in the development of their communities
- Encourage people to partner and participate with us as donors
- Work in cooperation with the communities we serve
- Maintain professional accountability by being transparent in our reports
How do we help?
As a charity prioritising both local and global communities and children in vulnerable conditions, often through fundraising means. Good Neighbors Australia aims to gather support and donors to assist our community-based programs designed to save and improve the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens through our seasonal campaigns as well as child sponsorship and community support programs. We place particular emphasis on supporting the Australian community we are based in as well as the international community.