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.

STOP HUNGER NOW: Meals Provide a Way Out of Poverty

Makau lives in Zambia and receives three meals every day.

Makau was 8 years old when she arrived at Kids Alive Zambia. Her father died when she was 4 years old, and her mother is mentally challenged and often wanders the streets. Makau lost all of her brothers and sisters and was living with her 90-year-old grandmother. They survived by gathering wild fruits in the forest and exchanging them for other food. Many times when the major fruits were out of season, Makau and her siblings would beg on the streets for food to survive.

STOP HUNGER NOW: School Means Hope

Samarah receives food during school in Haiti.

Samarah is in the 7th grade at St. Andre School in Haiti. She is happy to go to school because of the food she receives there. “Without food I would be starving and my grades would be lower. Most of us rely on the food served at school to survive; this is the only meal we get for the day. I hope the feeding program will continue.”

Photo Credit: Stop Hunger Now

OPERATION SMILE: Oscar's Journey to Surgery in Honduras

Oscar before surgery in Honduras

At 7 years old, Oscar Landero didn’t speak – he would only communicate through motions, nods of his head and shy smiles. His cleft palate has kept him from learning how to properly articulate words, and out of frustration of not being understood, Oscar quit trying to talk. Over time, Oscar’s cleft lip prevented him from going to school, from making friends and from feeling accepted in his own community.

“They call him ‘el bicho’,” his mother, Gloria said, which roughly translates to ‘weird one’ or ‘little beast.’

OPERATION SMILE: In Ghana, family’s experience turns to advocacy

Deborah before and after Operation Smile surgery.

“A few hours after she was born, my sister-in-law came to the hospital to see Deborah. When she laid eyes on her, she immediately ran out of the hospital room out of disgust,” said her father, Justin. “She traveled back to our town and told everyone that my wife and I had given birth to a godless child. She said that she couldn’t stand to look at Deborah.” Deborah’s mother, Afere, was heartbroken by the situation that was unfolding. “When I first saw Deborah, I was very, very sad and cried,” said Afere. “I cried and cried that I had given birth to this child.”

CHILDFUND INTERNATIONAL: Young Entrepreneurs Group Wins National Award in Zambia

A Zambian youth group supported by ChildFund recently won a national award for its entrepreneurial spirit. The Mukubulo youth group’s work — growing vegetables and selling them at a local market — earned them a laptop computer and a cash prize of US$654.

CHILDFUND INTERNATIONAL: Village Savings and Loan Makes a Difference for a Ugandan Family

Agnes Akello used to sell tomatoes and fish at a roadside market in Uganda. But when a Village Savings and Loan Association started in her community in 2012, she joined and later borrowed 400,000 shillings (about US$155).

AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE: Building Livelihoods in Somalia – The Fisheries Project

In Somalia, unemployment and a lack of livelihood opportunities are endemic. The nearly two decades of conflict in Somalia destroyed infrastructure, social systems, and created a generation of Somali youth who are struggling to find their place. Young people are the biggest demographic group in Somalia, representing the largest percentage of the population. The cycle of marginalized youth and violence is a threat to lasting peace in Somalia and the region, and to young people themselves.

PATH: On the shelves in Myanmar – Rice for Life

In Myanmar, rice is a central part of life. It is the base for most, if not all, meals. According to the Myanmar Rice Federation, Myanmar people consume more rice per person than any country in the world. That’s a lot of rice. And not just any rice. People in our country are picky about their rice and can distinguish among many varieties. They prize rice that is the whitest, that smells good, and that cooks up to a pleasing volume.  
Rice is our sustenance but is it sustaining us? The data say it is not  

WATER FOR PEOPLE: Faces of Progress - Chief Timbenawo

“There used to be fights at the boreholes because of congestion,” Chief Elida Timbenawo explains with a flourish of her weathered hands. “Now I can rarely find somebody to help me lift my bucket onto my head because everyone can fetch water whenever they want.”  

Chief Timbenawo, 73, has served as the Group Village Head for the past 12 years, overseeing 15 villages and chiefs in the Kakoma area. She is a sturdy woman, and a force to be reckoned with. She is the reason 7,000 people across 15 villages now have access to safe water and sanitation.  

PRISON FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL: Onias's Story - Finding Acceptance in School

In the rural outskirts of Harare, lives young Onias and his elderly grandparents. Onias doesn’t remember his parents. When he was only one year old, his father was sentenced to 37-years in prison for three counts of armed robbery, and his mother abandoned him for a new life in South Africa.