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.

PLAN INTERNATIONAL USA: Building Confidence - Girls Living in Rwanda's Refugee Camps

Adolescent girls take part in Plan activity in refugee camp

Growing up in a refugee camp is difficult, unstable and, often times, dangerous. For girls, challenges are greater than for most. Uncertainty and lack of trust are common feelings that result from the obstacles they face. These feelings can be attributed not only to the precarious environment and threats that they live with every day, but also to the lack of access to information, absence of positive role models, and weak social networks. Angelique, a 14-year-old from Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda, used to have trust issues.

PLAN INTERNATIONAL USA: Becoming the First Female Mason to Rebuild My Community

Shrijana learning building skills

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, Shrijana and her family were working near her home, which was heavily damaged. The family lost most of their food, clothing, and household items. She learned about Plan International’s masonry training through her community and asked that she be included. Shrijana was the youngest female mason to join the program in her village.

GLOBAL JUSTICE CENTER: Abortion Access

The goal of the Abortion Access Project is to ensure that female victims of rape in armed conflict – servicewomen and civilians alike – are provided access to abortion as a matter of their rights to comprehensive and non-discriminatory medical care under the Geneva Conventions. When we began this work, abortions for war rape victims were not a priority. Now, GJC is one of many organizations calling for the repeal of the Helms amendment and Global Gag Rule due to their impact in conflict zones.

AMREF HEALTH AFRICA: Namunyak's Story

Namunyak at a Water Pump

“My name is Namunyak Ntsakikoi, I’m 11 years old and I’m from the Masaai tribe that lives in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. I’m a pupil of class 3 at Lositeti Primary School in the Kajiado Region in southern Kenya.”

AMREF HEALTH AFRICA: Zena's Story

Zena & Clara

“Clara is my second baby. She’s six months old and I have a four year old daughter too. Both my babies needed to be born by caesarean because they were large and I had other problems.

ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE: Nipah Virus Originates in Bats

Dr. Jon Epstein Releasing Bat

Research conducted by EcoHEalth Alliance has shown that it is human risk behaviors such as deforestation, mining, and hunting bushmeat that causes pandemic outbreaks to occur. Identifying the reservoirs of these diseases in animals humans come into contact with when we engage in these behaviors informs steps we can take to mitigate disease outbreaks and spread. In 2001, Nipah virus encephalitis first caused an outbreak in Bangladesh. Our scientists traced the origin of the disease back to bat species in the area.

PACT: A ‘citizen leader’ in Cambodia makes a difference

Ngek Lyna, a young citizen leader in Cambodia

It’s a sweltering afternoon in northwestern Cambodia, but the heat doesn’t seem to bother Ngek Lyna. She’s at the front of a small meeting room, energetically calling on citizens and jotting notes on a whiteboard.

“What else?” says Lyna, who is in her early 20s, slight and usually smiling.

She points to a man near the back. The ice factory nearby still isn’t draining its runoff properly, he says, and water is flowing everywhere.

“Ah, yes,” Lyna says, nodding.

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD (CMMB): The Extra Mile: The Love of Community Health Workers

Akokwa and Mabel

Mabel is a CMMB community health worker in the slums of Lusaka, Zambia. She began to notice that Akokwa, a young HIV+ boy who came to the Chawama Health Center every day for medication and a free, nutritious lunch, was not getting better. Mabel was puzzled. Although Akokwa was on an antiretroviral regimen, he didn’t seem to be responding; the boy still looked very sick. Shy about his home life, Akokawa shared few details with Mabel. One day, Mabel decided to find out what was going on, and secretly followed Akokwa home.

“It was a LONG walk!” Mabel told us.

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD (CMMB): Senzelwe: On His Own Two Feet

Senzelwe

Senzelwe was born with the congenital disorder, Clubfoot. This condition causes abnormalities in one or both feet, where the affected foot appears to be twisted or internally rotated at the ankle. For Senzelwe, both feet were impacted. Due to his condition, his loving and dedicated mom had been carrying him ever since. This became increasingly difficult as Senzelwe got older and bigger. Apart from worrying about how she would cope physically, his mom's biggest concern was what would happen when it was time for him to go to school.

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD (CMMB): Hope in La Esperanza

Ericka

Esperanza means hope in Spanish and in the town of La Esperanza in Peru that is exactly what is being delivered to Ericka and her family.

Ericka was born in 2008 and diagnosed with microcephaly and cerebral palsy, conditions, her parents were told, that would severely limit her physical and cognitive abilities. For the first four years of her life, Ericka spent the majority of her days lying on a bed in a room she shared with her mother and brother. She received very little stimulation and apart from being fed and changed, she was often left alone.

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