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.

OXFAM AMERICA: When El Nino Hits Hard

A child is examined for malnourishment.

When Smiley Jacob realized that her daughter Grace, who was just five months old, was losing weight, there was nothing that she as a mother living in Tugumpaso village in Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea could do about it.

“I went to the local pastor to pray for her,” said Jacob. “It was all I could do. We have very little food.”


Regina has lived in Nairobi, Kenya’s Kawangware slums since 1992. She is the mother of two children, a son and a daughter, each over the age of 30 who now live in their own homes. As a trained teacher who taught in many government schools, Regina saw the need for a good school in the slums where she lived. So in 2002, in a small rented structure deep within the slums, Regina founded the Revelation Ushindi School and began teaching three students.


Delia stands with her two children.

Delia is a single mom with two children, Brian (5) and Sebastian (9), living in Cartagena, Colombia. She has been a member of Opportunity’s La Union Trust Group for two years. Delia became an early leader in the group and soon found herself recruiting the majority of its members. The power of word-of-mouth is what brought Delia herself to the group, after learning about Opportunity Colombia from a friend. She showed so much promise that she served as the group’s president, treasurer and later their loan officer.


Alice is a cattle farmer in Uganda.

Growing up with 12 siblings, Alice developed a strong work ethic to make ends meet—a work ethic that has stuck with her, helping her become a thriving entrepreneur in her community.

Alice started a cattle farm with her husband in their rural village in Uganda to ensure all eight of their children—especially their daughters—could complete their education. Though she and her husband worked hard on the farm, they struggled to bring in enough income to grow their business.

OPERATION USA: Nepal Earthquake Recovery

On Saturday, April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake–the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years–struck just outside the country’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, impacting areas across the country and its neighboring borders with India, China and Bangladesh.

OPERATION USA: Material Aid and Shipping

In the face of a disaster, disease, violence or poverty, sometimes it is the most basic of material goods that can be the most useful.

Operation USA is proud to have been delivering material aid in the form of medical supplies and equipment, medicines and vitamins, energy and shelter materials to people in need since its earliest days.

NEAR EAST FOUNDATION: Celebrating Women's Achievements at Grant Presentation Ceremony

The entrepreneurs gather for a group picture.

Irbid—According to the World Bank, women’s participation in the workforce is only 20 percent in Jordan. Women control fewer assets, have less autonomous income, and less control over household decisions compared to their male counterparts.

“The living situation and general income of women can be somewhat limited.” said Leila, an NEF beneficiary, from Irbid. “We have ideas, and we would love to develop these ideas!”

NEAR EAST FOUNDATION: Veterinarians are Key in Darfur's Economic Recovery

A veterinarian stands in front of livestock.

Darfur, Sudan—As a newly minted paraveterinary technician, or paravet, Kharif provides basic animal health care and animal production advice to people in his communities. “Before attending the paravets’ workshop, I was leading a very difficult life because I didn’t have a real full-time job to rely on,” Kharif said. Today, 50 cattle owners—each with about 150 head—rely on Kharif to take care of their livestock’s health. “You can imagine how big my workload is,” Kharif said.


MAF delivers supplies for a church.

Christmas 2015. A humble church stands tall on the shores of a remote lake. Men, women and children crowd the interior, pouring out the door, surrounding the walls, peeking through the windows. Eyes are riveted, ears are tuned.


A helicopter brings supplies to Nepal.

Without warning, the ground began shaking.

“Nepal will forever remember April 25, 2015, when the 7.8 earthquake struck. And then the 7.3 quake followed on May 12. So many villages and suffering people in the mountains were cut off,” said John Woodberry, MAF disaster response and security manager. “Aid groups were in Kathmandu wanting to help, but there was no way to get to those remote communities. That’s when MAF was able to step in and, with God’s help, provide a solution.”