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We so excited to launch Coffee Meets Water for the second year in a row! Last year we fixed broken water wells in Ethiopia; this year we’re focusing on another coffee-producing community… in Guatemala!

The majority of homes and schools in the coffee-producing community of Acatenango lack clean and safe drinking water. We all know how important water is for great tasting coffee and for LIFE, so our goal for this year is to provide clean drinking water in Acatenango, starting with 7 schools that educate over 1,700 students (the children of the hardworking coffee farmers!).

We’re kicking things off with our own take on Shark Tank — with younger, cuter judges! Watch below to see what the judges of Guppy Tank think about how to get clean water!

So, what can YOU do?

  • Read all about our campaign on Indiegogo, then share! Use #CoffeeMeetsWater and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
  • Donate! Just $5 covers the cost of clean water for one child – YES, you read that right. Then refer 3 friends and we’ll add a surprise perk for you as a thank you!

So, you heard it: the guppies are all in! Are YOU?  Let’s get clean water flowing. 

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Food For Kids: Supporting Children in Malawi

Our Food For Kids Project provides food for children in over 18 countries around the world.  Currently, our greatest need for this project is focused on supporting Malawi, a country experiencing extreme weather conditions including a massive drought, and devastating hundreds of thousands of acres of maize resulting in fears of another possible famine.

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 season.


Destroyed fields of maize in Katsumwa, Malawi

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.”


Underdeveloped maize as a result of devastating weather conditions in Katsumwa, Malawi

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.

Please join Good Neighbors in providing aid to the people of Malawi. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to the purchase of maize so that Malawians won’t suffer from hunger this season.


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The Paraguay Chronicles: I don’t want to go home!

It’s time for the second entry of The Paraguay Chronicles! DeMaree, another student from Azusa Pacific University, tells us about her first impressions of Asuncion, Paraguay. 

Written by DeMaree Scobey


Meeting a school teacher and a few students

During my first car ride in Asuncion, Paraguay, I noticed that the roads were very bumpy. There were no speed bumps but large bumps on the road every five seconds (sorry buttocks!). There are SO many cobblestone streets, which is very different from the roads back home. The country is very old-school, which I love.

First we went to Aregua to visit a school, and I noticed that the kids play soccer and other games with each other all day long. It is very refreshing to see that instead of kids staring at technology constantly.


Meeting the children at the school in Aregua for the first time

We drive through the streets often and I have found that the country is very artistic because there is a lot of street art. It is less graffiti, and more art. There was a gorgeous mural of some kind in the first hostel we stayed at and it had many graffiti influences. There are also a lot of pottery and art shops along the sides of most roads. On every street there are plenty of trees and plants. The cities are very green. Asuncion is a very colorful city and everything is appealing, even when it’s not meant to be. For instance, the broken down building next to the hostel we stayed at in Asuncion was beautiful.


Graffiti art at our first hostel in Asuncion


A house just down the road from the school we’re working at in Aregua

Even though Paraguay has many issues with waste management, my first impression of the people was of complete happiness. You see parents playing with their kids while surrounded by dirt and trash, but they are still completely happy. I feel as though they are more thankful for what they have here in this country.

To be honest, I have loved every second here in Paraguay. I honestly don’t even want to return to the United States.


Interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities? Visit our website!

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WHY I GIVE: Meet Nelson

We’re so excited to share our new blog series with you, WHY I GIVE! In these blog entries, you will meet donors and volunteers who support our projects, and learn what inspired them! 

First up, meet Nelson, an avid runner who has been supporting Good Neighbors projects since 2013.


Running for Team Good Neighbors at the 2014 LA Marathon

“It’s good to help out. And it’s even better when you help out without expecting anything in return.”

My name is Nelson, and I am from El Salvador. I’m an assistant manager at an oil change shop, where I have been for the past 9 years. I first heard about Good Neighbors through my cousin, who was working at a cafe in the same building as the organization. She saw a flyer advertising that Good Neighbors was running the LA Marathon, and told me about it, so I contacted them. I was really excited for the opportunity to run it because I had been wanting to run a marathon for a couple years but still hadn’t had the chance. I quickly joined their 2014 team to support their Project Cookstoves. In 2015, Good Neighbors was running the LA Big 5K, so I joined that team as well, in support of Project Good Sisters!

Through running with Team Good Neighbors, I soon learned about their Child Sponsorship program. I was very interested, and I’m so happy that I now sponsor Juan!

Juan Pedro, the child Nelson sponsors

The Child Sponsorship program interested me because I was raised by a single mom, and she always taught me to be generous with other people. My mom is an amazing example, because she has been sponsoring my nephew for quite some time, and the help that she has provided has helped him to be the boy that he is now. I want to be an example for Juan, just like my mom is for my nephew.

Since I’m on my own, I thought I might as well do something good. If you’re able to help out anyone else less fortunate than you, then you have to. I believe in helping your brothers and sisters; and they don’t have to be blood-related. I like to help by giving with the little bit that I have.  It’s not a sacrifice, nothing mandatory, it’s just from my heart. I feel good doing it and I’m blessed.

nelson fam

Nelson and his family

People ask, “why do you do it?” Well, because  it’s good to help out. And it’s even better when you help out without expecting anything in return. Also, knowing that you’ve actually made a difference in someone else’s life is amazing, because hopefully that person will grow up and think, “I had help once.” And later on, since he had help once, he may be able to help somebody else.

My favorite part of sponsoring Juan is when I receive his photos and letters.  He seems really happy, and that makes me happy.  You never know where he was before being sponsored, how he was living, or whether he had something to eat. It makes me happy to know he now gets food everyday, and goes to school.  It feels amazing to help other people, especially someone that you know can never repay you. But as long as you know they’re having a good life for themselves, you feel happy.


I would totally recommend the Child Sponsorship program to my friends. I really value what I am doing for Juan’s future.

Thank you, Nelson, we know Juan appreciates you too and because of you, he will get a childhood full of education and happiness! Are YOU interested in learning more about our Child Sponsorship program? Visit our website here

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I Made ‘COFFEE MEETS WATER’ Happen: Meet Marcus!


We’re excited to introduce you to Marcus, another one of our Coffee Meets Water supporters! Marcus is an Aircraft Mechanic in Vacaville, CA who likes history, economics, and fishing (although he doesn’t like eating fish!).

We asked him a few questions, and want to share his answers with you!


Q: Hey, Marcus! As you know, the name of this campaign was Coffee Meets Water. You told us you drink coffee – but how do you like it?

A: I like it with a LOT of sugar, and some cream. Sweet is good!

Q: What do you love to do in your free time?

A: I love being outside – geocaching, camping, hiking and anything that will take me outdoors.


Q: What’s something interesting about you that not a lot of people know?

A: I have a dog named YOLO.


Q: Before donating to this campaign, you told us that you did a lot of research into the cause and the project’s needs. What made you finally decide to support Coffee Meets Water?

A: I’ve always wanted to volunteer in Ethiopia, but haven’t had the chance. The idea of helping so many people with a simple donation really didn’t seem like too much to ask and it seemed like the benefits definitely outweighed the amount of money. When I received the thank you card and photos from the kids and families that my donation helped, I knew I’d do it again.


Thank you so much, Marcus! Interested in learning more about our water projects around the world? Visit our website here. And to see how our Coffee Meets Water campaign helped thousands get access to clean water, watch our video here.

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