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In the United States, the Legion of Good Will provides important education, social, and health-centered services to the New York and New Jersey regions. It also works closely with the United Nations and has maintained general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1999. This status, which is the highest honor a civil society organization can achieve, allows the LGW to share its experiences and recommendations in important policy debates on a wide range of global issues. The organization’s midtown office, located at 55 West 46th Street, 6th floor, organizes UN-related activities, outreach programs, visibility campaigns, fundraising efforts and operational projects.

About the Legion of Good Will

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To promote Social Development and Sustainable Development, Education, Culture, Art, and Sports with Ecumenical Spirituality, so there may be Socio-environmental Awareness, Food, Security, Health, and Work for everyone, in the awakening of the Planetary Citizen.  


The Legion of Good Will was founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 1, 1950 (World Peace Day) by poet and radio broadcaster Alziro Zarur. In the 1980s, Zarur was succeeded by the current president, journalist, radio broadcaster, and writer José de Paiva Netto. Paiva Netto expanded the Organization’s ideals from Brazil to many countries around the world. In the USA, the Legion of Good Will was established in the State of New York on October 30, 1986.

José de Paiva Netto expanded the educational and humanitarian mission of the LGW by opening model schools and community centers for social assistance. In these units, the organization applies its own pedagogical proposal, comprised of the Pedagogy of Affection and the Ecumenical Citizen Pedagogy. For this reason, the Legion of Good Will is considered a reference in Education with Ecumenical Spirituality.

This innovative approach seeks to transform individuals’ social circumstances by helping them overcome various vulnerabilities, whilst promoting their full citizenship and instilling a sense of being agents of solidarity. The LGW works in partnership with  various sectors of society, such as governments, socially and environmentally responsible companies, international entities, schools, community associations, and other civil society organizations.

For over six decades, the Legion of Good Will (LGW) has been creating and fostering programs and projects of social inclusion and sustainable development in support of communities at risk. One of the largest humanitarian movements on the planet, the LGW was the first civil society organization from Brazil to obtain the general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The success of the organization’s work relies on the generosity of people like you, whose support over the years has proven indispensable to our ongoing delivery of humanitarian services. Your support is critical to perpetuate our mission of peace, love, and goodwill.