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.

MEDICINES FOR HUMANITY: 50 Catholic Sisters Complete a Training Program

This is a training program to train Sisters to develop training programs for traditional birth attendants in their service area. In Haiti traditional birth attendants are called “matrons” which is the Haitian word for midwife.

In Haiti, the majority of women give birth in their homes. This is one of the major reasons Haiti has the highest infant, under-5 and maternal mortality rates in the Western hemisphere. Although the 2010 earthquake was devastating, this problem long precedes the recent chaos. The pregnant (typically young and extremely poor) women living in impoverished communities in Haiti often forego clinical or hospital care because they lack awareness of the importance of quality perinatal care.

MAP INTERNATIONAL: Surgeries of Hope

Dr. Beres is a physician that participated in the MAP Medical Mission Pack Program and receives Ethicon Sutures from MAP. A team of one, she left on Halloween day and flew to Kigali, Rwanda armed with sutures. The program gives physicians traveling on short term medical mission trips internationally the ability to have a big impact on the quality of care they can provide at local hospitals and clinics. Even though Kigali is the capital and largest city in Rwanda, it is still facing the deaths of 6% of all children under 5.

MAP INTERNATIONAL: Partnerships of Health & Hope

A family receives medicines.

Our team visited a clinic in Guatemala City that receives medicines from MAP International. The clinic rose out of the middle of the slums surrounding the garbage dump where trash lined the streets and families lived in lean-tos – that’s if they had a home at all. The clinic is a ray of hope in an otherwise dim area of the city.

MANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTH: Option B+ HIV-Free Newborns

A health family celebrates children who are HIV-free

When Rose Chebet was five months pregnant with twins, she visited Kapchorwa Hospital in Eastern Uganda for a routine antenatal visit. She was devastated to learn that she was HIV positive and she feared her twins would not survive. Health workers referred Chebet, a first-time mother, to an antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinic where she began taking medication.

Four months later, Chebet gave birth to two healthy boys, Chekwech and Chesuro. Said Chebet, 22:

I was given strict instructions on how to feed and look after them.

MANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTH: The Golden Minute- Saving Newborns

A mother holds her newborn child.

Baby Mushombe entered the world through natural delivery—and immediately struggled to breathe. Respiratory distress could have cost him his life, as it does many infants in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where over 118,000 newborns died in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.

Fortunately for Mushombe, he was surrounded by a team of midwives and assistants who had mastered Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB)—a resuscitation technique developed for environments with limited resources.

LITERACY BRIDGE: Accessible Knowledge for ALL

James learns new farming techniques from the Talking Book.

“My parents didn’t think sending me to school was valuable so I stopped after Kindergarten. If the Talking Book had been in our community back then, maybe they would have kept me in school. I used to feel bad and left behind because I could not read or write but listening to the messages I feel empowered because I am a farmer and have been learning new techniques from the Talking Book. Some people go to school to study agriculture and how to farm and I am learning the same information they are.”

-James Dari

Photo Credit: Emma/Literacy Bridge

LITERACY BRIDGE: Ending Child Marriage

A woman and child share a Talking Book.

"After people in the community heard messages from the Talking Book on birth certificates, we learned how important it is to register our children at birth. It has made it easier to know the ages of our daughters. If a man tries to marry a young girl, they are reported because now we can prove her age, men are becoming afraid to do it because of this. I bring the Talking Book to my mother's village (Nintoro) and they love listening to the messages. My mother told me people in her community now sleep under bed-nets and fewer children are getting sick."

-Dabuo Kale

CHILDFUND INTERNATIONAL: The Hardest Choice - A Girl Finds Her Way

Tasleema, a ChildFund sponsored child.
Finish school, or quit and get a job to help support the family? 
 
No child should face that choice. The fact is that in developing countries, many do. Tasleema did. 
 
The third of seven children in her family, Tasleema grew up in one of the poorest communities in Karnataka, in southwest India. Still, her family’s situation was fairly stable, especially once the little girl was enrolled into ChildFund India’s programs and assigned a sponsor as a first-grader. 
 

CARE: Finding Hope After Disaster Strikes

A man holds his granddaughter in Nepal.
The house of Narayan Shrestha, 63, from Dhading village was severely damaged by the earthquake which hit Nepal on 25 April 2015.
 
“My wife and granddaughter were stuck inside the house. I ran towards them and pulled them out. I saw the three walls fall one by one, luckily I was able to save my wife and my granddaughter,” Shrestha remembers.
 

KICKSTART INTERNATIONAL: The Masopo Family

Herbert and Vivian stand with their kids on their farm.

5 years ago, Herbert and Vivian Masopo were like so many other parents and families throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, they struggled through the dry season, the time from September to November when the rains went away, the ground dried up and plants stopped growing.

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