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.

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.


Pono and his family smile after his surgery.

Pono Jesse, a father of three from Fiji, aspires to be a high school geography teacher one day. Pono was left blind in both eyes from two different accidents. He wore sunglasses all the time to hide the milky cataracts that he thought looked “spooky”. After waiting for the eye care he needed, Pono and his family traveled by foot and boat for many miles to a SEE International free eye care clinic at Natuvo Creek, Fiji.


Ngomo tests her eyesight.

Ngombo Mervediy, a 7 year old girl, was one of many children and adults who came to the SEE International clinic on July 4, 2015 in hopes of having perfect vision the first time in their life. Ngombo, whose mother passed away in 2012, was born with a congenital cataract in her right eye. Reading, writing, and drawing have always been challenging and becoming more so, because the cataract is growing. School work is difficult because the school does not provide classroom assistance or make accommodations for her vision limitations.

REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL: Empowering Local Syrian Aid Organizations

Women stand in line to register with NGOs in Syria.

An important focus of Refugees International's work in Turkey is the support international donors and the UN are providing for local Syrian humanitarian organizations working from neighboring countries to supply most of the aid in Syria. There has long been acknowledgement that these groups are essential to the humanitarian response. However, it has been difficult to secure funding for them because most are newly established, and it has been unclear whether the international groups that supported them at the start were preparing them to work independently.

REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL: Increasing UN Support for Local Ukrainian NGOs

A woman in the Ukraine.

In 2015, a Russian-supported separatist conflict in Eastern Ukraine had displaced over 1.7 million Ukrainians, killed 10,000 and injured thousands more from indiscriminate shelling, land mines, and explosive remnants of war. In July 2015, RI’s mission to Ukraine helped focus greater international attention on the unmet humanitarian needs of the displaced, particularly civilians living near the line separating the opposing forces. Residents of this “grey zone” were at risk due to cutoffs of water, gas, and electricity, and reduced services.

AMERICARES: Safer Hospitals Save More Lives

A baby girl is held in one of the AmeriCares-supported hospitals in Tanzania.
When Fatuma leaves her job as a nurse every night to tuck her daughters into bed, she hopes she is not bringing home an illness that will harm them.   
With help from AmeriCares, Fatuma will soon be certain that not only is she safe at her job, but her family, patients and neighbors are protected from infectious disease as well. “If we are safe, the community is safe,” she says. “That’s how the cycle goes.”   

PROJECT HOPE: When Others Run Out... HOPE Rushes In

On May 12, 2015, the ground began to violently shake once again in the already tattered nation of Nepal. The team of Project HOPE medical volunteers who had arrived in Nepal just days after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, found themselves in a very dangerous situation.

PROJECT HOPE: Fighting Myths to Provide Better Treatment

Like many women in rural Tajikistan, Hurriya is the wife of a migrant worker. While her husband lives and works in Russia for long stretches of time, Hurriya is the main caretaker of their two daughters. Often she woke at night to tend to the young children. Fatigue was normal. Sometimes she would even forget to eat. She thought her dizziness and lack of appetite were just normal. But then a persistent cough appeared. Hurriya was diagnosed with tuberculosis.


The small commune of Tan Lien is near Khe Sanh and home to some 3,200 farmers and traders . Most of the population is composed of an ethnic minority, the Viet-Van Kieus. Here our EOD team met fifteen year old Cu who told of some metal scraps that resembled bombs. Hiking through some coffee farms, our team finally reached Cu’s home, a wooden stilt shelter amid white coffee flowers. After a quick examination of the metal scraps that Cu had found, it became clear that the young boy was correct. Covered in dry coffee leaves was a 90mm projectile and an unfired M79 grenade.


We were on EOD task in Huc Commune in July. I and Bao, my colleague, met Mr. Doc while we were interviewing villagers in Huc Thuong Village. The man then led us to his rice field about 30 minutes walking from his home. It was a steep hill. He showed us a lot of explosive remnants he found while doing farming, including 3 mortars, 7 rifle grenades, an M23 fuse and an HE 155mm projectile. Doc said he found the stuff months ago, but he waited until the EOD team came by the Village.