Build water wells in areas of developing countries where local
people are deprived of clean water.
One well serves a village of 4,000 for up to 21 years!
Children often walk miles each day to collect water, and attending school becomes a low priority. Our wells are strategically built near schools so families are encouraged to settle nearby and send their children to class.
Families regularly drink filthy water from muddy puddles or nearby rivers - often the same used for washing dishes or sanitation - leading to cholera, malaria, and other debilitating diseases. Clean water dramatically improves the health of families.
Women and children often collect water by themselves miles from home, leaving them vulnerable to assaults. A new well in the village provides easy access to water and allows families to stay within their community.
We follow a series of steps to go from concept to implementation: when we've identified an area to build in, we first send out a research team to gather facts about the adult population the population of children, the current diseases affecting the community, the distance of reliable water from the village, and the people's ability to operate a well independently. After this data is collected and the need is established, we set up an education program/well committee for the villagers to teach them how to maintain the well when we have completed construction. Then, the Good Neighbors team meets with the water department to notify the government of our plans to build a well, and pays for a government official to come inspect the quality of the pump and once again identify a need for a water well in the region.
Once we receive approval, we begin the building process. Volunteers from the village are gathered to help with the process, especially the first phase of ground-breaking, which requires going out to collect water to soften the earth for digging. Good Neighbors provides the digging tools, hires approximately three engineers, and supplies a generator for the project. It takes one day to dig the well and three days to complete construction. In the months following the building of the well, a Good Neighbors employee is designated as a “monitor” and follows up on the success of the well and the progress the village is making with its new access to water.
Every completed well is documented on Google maps using GPS coordinates so you can see exactly where it is located, and each well is given a certificate listing the names of the donors who have made the project possible. After you’ve donated, you can also log into your profile at anytime to see a summary and photos of the finished well.
With the help of a variety of donors, we constructed 100 wells in 2010 in various regions in the country of Chad, immensely improving the lives of thousands of people. The success of the Water For Life project has prompted us to start the same project in Malawi and the Dominican Republic, however we can’t do that without your donations. Please consider supporting us today—every donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference.
Good Sisters started in Chaseta, Malawi in February 2012 as a pilot
project when research showed that girls drop out of school during
their menstrual cycles. To improve hygiene and sanitation
conditions, girls were given sanitary pads; however, there were
more complicated issues than just access to sanitary pads. There
was a lack of education on sexual and reproductive health, and the
local acceptance of early child marriage and adolescent pregnancy
caused school drop outs and low attendance rates at the primary
Girls have the right to information and services about their health and education, and they are a force for building a community-wide culture that is supportive of human rights and gender equality.
It all starts with being a Good Sister.
The growth of the first Good Sisters club in Chaseta prompted Good Neighbors to expand the program into 6 additional communities, impacting almost 400 girls directly, plus countless others within their community.
teaches every member how to sew their own reusable cotton sanitary pads, to increase school attendance and minimize the harassment, shame and isolation associated with menstruation.
provides education about HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, so that they can make better choices with accurate information and a supportive social environment.
discusses the negative effects of early marriage through education and local advocacy.
offers peer-to-peer counseling programs that are an effective tool for personal growth and empowerment, as well as role models from secondary school students and university graduates.
supports members to use performance art to advocate for their human rights.
hosts public forums and local radio shows that showcase dialogues between adolescent girls, educators, traditional leaders and parents.
organizes field trips to university campuses to meet with inspiring young women who are willing to share how they have addressed social, family and financial challenges to continue their education.
Imagine you're outdoors, cooking over an open fire. You watch the
firewood burn as the smoke dissipates into the sky. You breathe in
and out normally because the smoke has been absorbed into the air.
Breathing is perfectly safe.
Now imagine that you’re using the same cooking method, but this time, you’re indoors, surrounded by four walls and a ceiling. The smoke has nowhere to go and accumulates inside to the point where it is permanently charring the walls. You and your children sleep, eat, and work around this stove, inhaling the toxic smoke all day, every day.
For 3 billion people worldwide, this is a very real situation. An average Guatemalan family has six members living in one-room homes made from wood, plastic tarps, and corrugated sheet metal. They use primitive cookstoves made from rocks and mud that burn all day--not just for cooking but also for warmth--just steps away from where they sleep. The smoke they inhale leads to several health risks including emphysema, cardiovascular disease, and lung cancer--and claims 4 million lives each year, according to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Women are constantly exposed to toxic gases from indoor fires and old cookstoves as they are typically the ones cooking and staying at home, dramatically increasing their risk of illness.
To keep the fire burning, women and children gather firewood daily, walking miles to collect up to 20 lbs of wood each trip, at least twice a day and carrying it on their heads, shoulders, and backs. Imagine if you were a child and this is what you did all day instead of going to school, playing with friends, and preparing for a future. Girls and young women are also especially vulnerable to physical assaults while gathering biofuels.
As for the environment, gathering biofuels, namely firewood, leads to deforestation and climate change regionally and globally from black carbon and methane emissions.
Good Neighbors has a solution. We launched Project Cookstoves in
Guatemala, an initiative that builds new, energy-efficient
cookstoves for families and allows us to promote education, health,
and environmental protection. Each new cookstove uses
locally-sourced materials, requires less firewood to be burned
throughout the day, and incorporates a chimney that pulls the smoke
outside of the home, making the air safe to breathe.
We extensively research our beneficiary families, all of whom have an average of six members in their household and make less than $3.00 USD per day. With every cookstove that is donated, families are required to sign an agreement to enroll their children in school and ensure they attend each day. Families are also encouraged to take pride and ownership of their new stove by actively participating in its construction. In addition, each beneficiary family is provided with health care seminars and education programs, and they’re monitored in the following months to measure their children’s progress in school and record changes in their health.
Malawi is located in southeast Africa, with a population of almost 16 million people residing in a country smaller than the state of Pennsylvania. Its staple crop is maize, and Malawians rely on this food as their primary source of sustenance.
In the 2014/2015 maize harvesting season, erratic weather
conditions such as severe flooding and long dry spells, devastated
Malawi’s agriculture yield. This resulted in a record decline of a
staggering one million metric tons less maize from the previous
According to UNICEF, as a result of this year’s flooding, nearly 160,000 acres of land have been damaged, heavily impacting a country where most of its people survive from subsistence farming, in which farmers produce only enough crops to feed themselves and their families. Crops of maize have been destroyed, and prompted Malawi President Peter Mutharika to declare that half the country is in a disaster zone. The frequency of droughts and floods makes Malawi’s economic development even more challenging for a population already weakened by poverty.
Malawi’s National Director for Civil Society Agriculture Network, Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, stated that “we need assurance that no Malawian dies of hunger and that Malawi has enough food.”
Good Neighbors’ priority is to assist our project site locations in
Malawi with the resources to purchase imported maize. There is a
Community Development Committee (CDC) made up of local community
leaders and residents at each project site location. The members
manage their own finances, develop ways to save money in case of
emergencies, and collectively vote on ways to spend the money to
improve their community.
As a result of the flood, drought and low yield of maize this season, each CDC has voted to spend their savings on purchasing imported maize so their people do not starve; however, they don’t have enough funds to purchase the amounts necessary to survive.
The imported maize will be sold to residents at less than 50% of the market value, with a portion of the sale being saved and deposited back into the CDC’s bank account as reserves for the future.
59.3% of Guatemala's population live in poverty, and 23.4% live in extreme poverty, it means they make less than $1.25 a day. Because majority of the population living in rural villages are engaged in unpaid agricultural works, they cannot support their families.
According to the Planning Secretariat of the Presidency (SEGPLAN, 2015) 46.5% of children between age 2 to 5 are suffering from chronic malnutrition, which results from deficiencies in all nutrients. Also, most of the children, rather than receiving proper education, have to stay home and work to support their families. They do not have opportunities to grow out of poverty.
Good Neighbors USA believes that G.I.F.T Chickens is the solution to these problems. We believe the key to eliminate poverty is self-sufficiency. G.I.F.T Chickens allows families to generate steady income by selling the eggs in the market. G.I.F.T Chickens gives these families an opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty. But most importantly, it allows families to send their children to school. Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein, which is essential to all but especially to children. G.I.F.T Chickens provides not only a good source but also a steady source of high quality protein to families suffering from hunger.
After extensive research on our beneficiary families and with agreement to enroll their children in school, G.I.F.T Chickens will provide them with one chicken house, 30 chickens, and 6 months worth of chicken feed and water. Good Neighbors Guatemala staff will vaccinate the chickens and also provide trainings for the families on raising the chickens and selling the eggs. Each family will be closely monitored by Good Neighbors Guatemala staff regularly.