Success Stories

Since 1956, Global Impact has raised more than $1.8 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 our charity partners.

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION: Get on the good foot: Birmala’s story

Birmala before treatment

Clubfoot is a widespread problem in Nepal, and in many cases it goes untreated for years. Clubfoot used to be treated surgically, but with the advent of the Ponseti method, a non-invasive treatment that gradually realigns the feet with progressive plaster casts, it is much easier on the children. HRDC has pioneered the technique across Nepal, and today offers the treatment to children through all five of their satellite clinics.

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION: Girls saving girls

Teaching future teachers

One of the most amazing results of our STOP Girl Trafficking project is the amazing work of its graduates! Young women once at risk of being trafficked are now role models. And they’re helping other girls, not only in the classroom, but empowering them to stand up to pressures that would take them out of school—the safest place for them. Here is one graduate’s story, in her own [translated] words:

PINK RIBBON RED RIBBON: How $25 Can Save a Life

Women in Zambian Clinic for Screening

“My name is Lydia Mwelwa and I live in Zambia. I heard about the cervical cancer screening activity through an announcement in my village. I really was not interested in undergoing screening but I was encouraged when a group of ladies came to my home and told me they were part of the team that had come to do cervical cancer screenings. They started teaching me and my neighbors about the importance of undergoing cervical screening and some of the signs and symptoms that I should look out for.

MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP: A new bible translation dedicated

Bible Dedication

It was an exciting day in Gety when MAF delivered the first shipment of New Testaments in the Ndura language. For more than 20 years, MAF supported the translation efforts, and now the Gety people joyfully are hearing God’s Word in their heart language. Scripture verses were read aloud as copies were distributed during the community celebration.

MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP: Yellow Fever outbreak support

Yellow Fever outbreak support

For the 19 agency workers battling an outbreak of yellow fever in Kahemba, the seven MAF flights that delivered 3,863 pounds of medical supplies and drinking water were a special blessing. During the dry season, safe drinking water is scarce.

MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP: Hurricane Matthew Relief

Supplies Delivered in Haiti 2016

When Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti’s southern peninsula of Grand’Anse on October 4, 2016, MAF began relief flights the next day. Between October 5 and December 4, 2016, MAF executed 372 flights, delivered 57,232 pounds of cargo (food, water, medicines, tents/temporary shelters, and hygiene kits), carried 1,028 passengers (first responders, medical personnel, humanitarian and ministry teams, and victims), and served the needs of 81 nongovernmental agencies.

ZANAAFRICA FOUNDATION: Success to-date & New Projects

ZanaAfrica Foundation was founded in 2007 by Megan White Mukuria an Ashoka fellow (’15) and a graduate of Harvard University (‘99), who while working with Kenyan street children in 2001, learned that sanitary pads were out of reach for 65% of girls, causing them to not only miss 6 weeks of school each year, but to drop out of school all together at twice the rate of boys.

HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL: Fayaz's 50 legs

Fayaz

A beautiful golden light falls on the mountains of Kashmir. Simran, a six-year-old girl, and her three-year-old brother Fayaz, are playing close to their home. Simran walks up to an unusual object on the ground. “A ball!” she cries, as she bends down to pick it up. There is a loud explosion.

AMERICARES: Medical aid for Hurricane Matthew survivors in Haiti

Americares mobile medical units providing health access

Months after Hurricane Matthew devastated southwest Haiti, Elizabeth* and her parents still live in the ruins of their home; when it rains, they hurry to the public market for shelter. “As a survivor I say to whoever is listening, please help us, because my family and I are really in need of help,” says the 19-year-old. When Elizabeth fell ill in December, she didn’t have to go far to find the help she needed—an Americares mobile medical team brought doctors, nurses and critical medicine to her town near Roche a Bateau.

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