Good Neighbors started in 1991 with the mission to support disadvantaged children in Seoul, Korea. The beginnings of our organization were rooted in projects such as handicapped children's programs, orphanages, finding homes for poverty-stricken widows, rural community development, and assisting families with tuberculosis patients.
In 1994, Good Neighbors became an international organization when we became deeply involved in the Rwandan refugee situation, providing medical relief teams and establishing two 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 35 countries around the world.
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 International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) with the prestigious Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Award for our achievements in universal primary education.
In 2012, we were announced as a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative led by the United Nations Foundation and launched by Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Alliance aims to partner with nations as well as public, private and non-profit organizations to address the production, deployment and use of clean cookstoves in the developing world. Its goal is to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households by 2020.