Success Stories

Since 1956, Global Impact has raised more than $1.7 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Each day we work with our charity partners to fight poverty, heal the sick and support communities in need, meeting real needs with real results. Below, please find a sample of success stories from the Global Impact Charity Alliance.

A new start in a Habitat House

Three children stand in front of their home.

Planting watermelon out back with mom. Tossing the football in the front with dad. Riding scooters in the driveway with little brother Andy and even littler sister Laura.  

Eight-year-old Kevin Ksor lists these seemingly ordinary moments as the big and fun changes to come with the new Habitat house. But the biggest and the best change is that his parents smile now. “I can tell they are happy because they are smiling,” Kevin says. “And that makes me happy.”  

STOP HUNGER NOW: Northrop Grumman Partners With Stop Hunger Now to Bring New Employee Engagement Opportunities

Employees participate in a food packing event
During Hunger Action Month this September, Northrop Grumman will make a powerful and visible statement regarding its employees’ effort to help end hunger across the world during their Northrop Grumman Global Giving Campaign. Northrop Grumman understands the power of collective giving and how impactful we are when we unite to help those in need who lack educational opportunities and suffer from hunger. We strengthen the world in which we live through volunteerism and a commitment to service.   
 

WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL: My Name is Regina

A woman stands beside two children.
Since joining Global Impact partner Women for Women International, Regina has been working to improve the health of those in her community.
 
She was married in 1980 and had two daughters. Her husband passed away, and shortly after his death his family kicked her out of his home. They did not want or allow their children to inherit his property. She then had to move in with her brother, but was advised by her relatives to remarry.
 

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE: Julienne's Story

Julienne Lusenge

When war erupted in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1998, Julienne Lusenge was working as a humanitarian radio broadcaster tasked with delivering critical health and human rights information to families in remote areas. In the course of her work, Julienne travelled from village to village to interview wives and mothers about their lives and share their stories over the airwaves. As the conflict escalated, these women began describing shocking abuses perpetrated by the warring parties—including rape, sexual slavery and the forced recruitment of children as soldiers. 

UMCOR: Blessing of Water in Pakistan

Younis Masih

Younis Masih, 65, is the only breadwinner of his family of six. He and his family live in Mehbood Town, Faisalabad District, Pakistan, where most people make a poor living working at the brick kilns. Most lack access to safe drinking water, toilets, and adequate sanitation facilities.  

For most of his life, Masih had no home. Then he and his family found a place to live in the local graveyard, where no one bothered them nor asked them to leave. But the problem was lack of water.  

CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL: You Saw Me When I Was Invisible

Johanny sitting on Emporia University's sign.
Unequal Opportunities
 
Johanny Amaya (26) became a sponsored child with CI at 6 years old. Her mother was the sole provider for her and her brother after their father abandoned them. The three moved in with Johanny’s aunt and her large family in a small, two-room shanty.
 
The support from CI was enormously helpful. Several times a week, CI provided breakfast – meaning she didn’t have to attend school on an empty stomach. CI also provided shoes and school supplies.
 

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS: A Napo Quechua Woman's Turn from Alcholism to Faith in Jesus

Selmira changes lives with the Bible.

Selmira was born into the Napo Quechua culture of Peru, where life is not easy, and the Napo Quechua people toil under an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. To cope, both men and women are regularly drunk from masato, a fermented drink made from manioc root. Selmira was married when she was only a young teen. She had 21 children — 4 of whom she miscarried, 12 others she has buried, leaving her 5 to raise.

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS: Meet Humbelina

Humbelina is changing lives with the Bible.

By: Katie Kuykendall

Humbelina sat, puzzled, with a pile of pencils.

She had come to a village near her own hometown in Peru to lead a “Women of the Bible” workshop — a study that focuses on the roles of 17 women in Scripture. About 100 Huallaga Quechua women had gathered to participate in the study designed to teach comprehension and application in their own language.

WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND: Tsahara Was Married and Pregnant at 17

Tsahara now stands smiling for the camera.

At this hospital you can be cured. —Tsahara

Tsahara was an average teenager age living in Niger with her parents and attending school, but at 16 her parents decided she should marry. Niger’s rate of child marriage is 75%: the highest in the world. Tsahara dropped out of school and by 17, she was pregnant.

WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND: From Despair to Triumph

Irene is able to go about daily activities after her surgery.

Healthy, happy and employed today, Irene’s situation was once much worse with fistula.

At age 13, Irene was pregnant and alone. Her parents were deceased and her boyfriend left after discovering her pregnancy. When Irene went in to labor, a friend helped her to two separate clinics that could not assist her. Irene was finally taken to the hospital after falling unconscious, but it was too late.

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