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.

VARIETY: Lenore Lives Life to the Fullest

Lenore was a normal, healthy three-year-old when she and her family learned there was a malignant tumor wrapped around the top half of her spine.

The cancer, thankfully, was cured. But in the process, complications arose which left Lenore permanently paralyzed.

As is often the case, her parents suffered not just the shock of her disability, but of the price tag that goes with it.

UNITED SEAMEN'S SERVICE: Serving Human Needs

1. Human needs are at the heart of the mission of United Seamen's Service. The concern of USS is for the seafarer’s quality of life – his relationship to family, to shipmates and community. More than our concern, it is the reason for our existence. And, within this context and its history of almost 75 years of meeting the needs of seafarers USS is at the forefront of cooperation with the maritime industry so that a seagoing life of solitude, loneliness and separation from family can be made more bearable.

TOSTAN: Gambian Youth Caravan Advocate for Human Rights and Responsibilities

A child reads about the benefits of education.

Day One—As 2015 comes to a close, drummers, government officials and community members line the dusty road. Smiles, music, and salutations surround the more than 350 youth walking together, slowly, across the Gambian Upper River Region (URR). Visible in their eyes is determination, as they set out on their human rights mission.

TOSTAN: Challenging Gender Roles Through Engaged Fatherhood

Many studies have shown that the involvement of men in early childhood development (ECD) is extremely beneficial to a child’s social, emotional and cognitive growth. Fathers who are involved and playful with their infants have children with higher IQs, improved linguistic abilities, greater capacity for empathy, decreased gender stereotypes, and are all-round better prepared to succeed in school.

TOSTAN: Malian Communities Take Abandoning Harmful Practices Into Their Own Hands

In southwestern Mali, a small, but powerful movement is growing.

In 2014, 40 Malian communities started Tostan’s Community Empowerment Program (CEP). Despite the fact that the CEP has not been completed, 27 of those communities have already decided to abandon female genital cutting (FGC). They will in turn join the ranks of the 61 communities in Mali who, since 2006, have also abandoned the practice.

SPLASH: Clean Water, Clean Hands, and Clean Toilets in Ethiopia

Children hold cups of clean water at school in Ethiopia.

While project implementation is always a primary focus for Splash, our attention is turning to efforts that will also strengthen the local capacity and shift the cultural norms that drive behavior around water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Ethiopia.

SPLASH: 100% Wash Coverage for Schools in India

Splash wants every kid to have clean water, clean hands, and clean toilets regardless of where they were born. In India, our goal is to bring sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs to all 2,000 government schools in Kolkata--reaching 500,000 kids--by 2020.

Today in Kolkata, Splash is serving over 26,000 children in 27 schools--and that’s just the beginning. The number of children benefiting from Splash is growing rapidly as we ramp up efforts and extend our reach to 30 more schools in 2016.

SPLASH: Delivering Clean Water, Help and Hope after the Nepal Earthquake

Rubina before her life saving surgery.

Rubina Lama is playing at a temple near her school in Kathmandu when the ground begins to tremble. When the earthquake stops, she tries to stand up, but realizes she can’t move. The bricks are too heavy on top of her small, seven-year-old body. Rubina opens her eyes, but cannot see the sky.

SMILE TRAIN: Dr. Emile Damas- Haiti's Smile Makeover

Dr. Emile Damas has worked tirelessly to bring new smiles to Haiti. This partnership is inspiring hope to Haitians who previously thought that cleft surgery was out of reach.

As a Haitian, Dr. Emile Damas is well aware of the many obstacles that a child living with an untreated cleft needs to overcome to receive cleft surgery – he doesn’t want the lack of a surgeon to be one of them.

In 2014, Dr. Damas connected with Smile Train staff and shared his desire to partner with Smile Train so that he could help the increasing backlog of children waiting for their new smiles.

SMILE TRAIN: Alexa Is Queen for a Day

Alexa plays queen in a parade.

Five-year-old Alexa wasn't always considered a queen, as she was born with a cleft lip. Fortunately, Alexa received her free life-changing cleft repair surgery from Smile Train at a young age.

In Mexico, there is still social stigma against people born with clefts. That's why it was such an achievement for Alexa to be crowned as queen of Carnival.

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