Legion of Good Will (LBV)

By the Editorial Staff

Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 11:00 AM | Last update: September 22, 2016, 4:07 PM (Brasilia time)

With the objective of helping to build “a better Brazil and a happier humanity”, radio broadcaster and Brazilian poet Alziro Zarur (1914-1979) founded the Legion of Good Will (LBV) on January 1, 1950 (World Peace Day) in the country. When his successor, Brazilian journalist, writer, and educator José de Paiva Netto, took over as president he expanded the humanitarian mission of the Organization, which achieved an international dimension. Since then, the LBV consolidated its presence in Paraguay in 1984, in Argentina and Uruguay in 1985, in Bolivia and the United States in 1986, and in Portugal in 1989.

The LBV is a charitable, philanthropic, educational, cultural, philosophical, all-encompassing ecumenical, and altruistic civil society organization. It is recognized for its work in the areas of education and social development in each of the countries in which it operates and it is maintained thanks to the donations of local people. It works on behalf of low-income families, encouraging them to reflect on and experience ethical, spiritual, and all-encompassing ecumenical values*. In order to do so, it has schools, homes for the elderly, and Social Service Centers in which it carries out various programs and projects with the solidary support of volunteers and partners.

Become a Friend of Good Will too! 

Choose a country in which the LBV operates and help: LBV of Argentina, LBV of Bolivia, LBV of Brazil, LBV of the United States, LBV of Paraguay, LBV of Portugal, LBV of Uruguay.

You can also access www.legionofgoodwill.org/donate and make a donation to help expand this solidary work to the whole world.

* All-encompassing Ecumenical Spirituality values — This banner of the Legion of Good Will is present in all its socio-educational actions, because it is understood as “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul; the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition; the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Mercy, Morals, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Brotherly Love.” Extract taken from the best-seller by writer and LBV president Paiva Netto ‘É Urgent Reeducar!’ [It is Urgent to Re-educate], which has sold more than 6 million books.