The NCP Neighborhood
NCP is committed to building relationships with our global neighbors at the margins of society—people at special risk due to poverty, gender, ethnicity, location, economic exploitation, or environmental factors such as climate change.
Meet some of these neighbors, and see how NCP is joining with them to create a better future.
Indigenous People Millions of the world’s native peoples live at the margins of areas they once ruled. Their ecosystems are under threat from mining, logging, oil drilling; their knowledge of the land is being lost; their cultures and languages are slipping away.
Young women “To be born a daughter is a lost life”- is not just a Nepali proverb, it's also the reality for millions of girls and women around the world. Young women are often kept from school by household chores, gender bias and being married off—or a simple lack of sanitary materials. Tens of thousands of girls are sucked into the global sex trade every year. Domestic and societal violence also haunt girls and women. Thanks to these realities, girls are often destined for a life that is challenging at best and sometimes demeaning and dangerous at worst. NCP has taken a special interest in reaching out to these young women, both because of the struggles they face and the potential they have.
Women In many parts of the world, women are treated as little more than property—and often not allowed to own property themselves. In many cases, they have been left to raise and provide for their families by themselves—their husbands having abandoned them or been ruined by war or alcohol. Often husbands that remain treat their wives with contempt or violence. To support themselves and their families, these women are reduced to doing difficult or dangerous work, such as wood or water gathering, laboring in sweatshops, or making homebrew. A telling number: 1 of 25 of the world’s women who should be alive, aren’t—simply because they were conceived a female (gender-based abortion, infanticide, neglect, or violence).
Climate-at-risk communities Climate change is a clear and present danger to millions of the world’s poor. Their already-tenuous lives will be made more so in the coming decades as crops fail, sea levels rise, water sources diminish—or deluge due to more violent storms—and soils erode.