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.


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.


Murigi Gitau stands with his daughters.

The global development community has arrived at a near consensus on the positive role of girls’ education. Murigi Gitau of Murera, Kenya understands this deeply as the father of two daughters who are transitioning into secondary school, a pivotal age for girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Murigi has taken major strides to ensure that his daughters are able to go to school. He bought a MoneyMaker pump to grow his farm and earn more money.

WORLD RELIEF: How You Stand With the Vulnerable

Workers distributing supplies.
Early in June, Iraqi military forces began ground operations around the city of Fallujah to reclaim it from ISIS. Within the first week, 500 families were liberated but left without food, water or shelter. However, that quickly changed. 

INTERNATIONAL RELIEF TEAMS: Changing Vision, Changing Lives

Eugena shows off her new pair of glasses.

An IRT eyeglass clinic in rural Guatemala improves quality of life for many.

For the past year, Eugena has experienced firsthand the power of her free pair of eyeglasses. She has been a dedicated teacher for the past 20 years, devoting her life’s work to her first grade students. Last year she began to worry she would have to give up her beloved profession when she noticed her eyesight beginning to wane. She visited San Agustin, a 40-minute trip from her village, to get fitted for her first pair of glasses by IRT’s volunteer team.


Brenda shows off her first pair of glasses.

A young and vibrant woman, Brenda’s dreams for her future were halted three years ago when she noticed her eyesight worsening. In fact, she had to give up her job as a waitress and drop out of school, rendering her completely dependent on her parents. For the last two years, she has lived in their home and helped out around the house and the family coffee farm. She had no hope of returning to her studies and continuing her previously independent life.


Growing up in the Gaza Strip, Sami, 24, was fueled by a dream to ease the suffering of others. He pursued that dream by graduating from nursing school with honors. Harsh reality quickly followed as he failed to find a nursing job and a way to support his wife and two young daughters. Nine years of living under a strict blockade has crippled Gaza’s economy. The lack of jobs has created widespread poverty and overwhelmed community service agencies. More than 80 percent of Gazans rely on assistance to survive.

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: Ethiopia Drought Threatens Lives of 10 Million

A woman in Ethiopia stands by her cattle.

Ethiopia is in the grip of the worst drought in 30 years. More than 10 million people face severe hunger and loss of livestock across the dry and barren plains of western Ethiopia. Lule, a mother of ten children, lost 25 of her cattle because of the drought, and struggles to save her remaining two. Tilahun, a 53-year-old cow herder and father of nine children, is at risk of losing his two newborn calves. The cows in his small herd have stopped giving milk due to lack of water and grazing grasses.

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: Giving Families in Bosnia the Tools for a Better Future

A machinist stands by his tools.

It’s been 20 years since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, but the memories are still fresh for Mile, 63. He and his family fled from their home in Croatia to Bosnia in 1995 when their village came under attack. He lost everything except his skills as a machinist. He took work wherever he could find it, but the pay barely kept the displaced family fed and sheltered. Relying on his skills and a determination to provide for his wife and two sons, Mile turned to IOCC’s microcredit program for help.


It was just after 6 am when the first raft was spotted, a bobbing dot visible through the predawn gloom only by the florescent reflections of life jackets. The sun still had about an hour to rise and the waters that divide western Turkey from the Greek island of Lesvos were ink-black and calm.

“A lot of people will come today,” Vaios Polichronidis, the leader of the Praksis paramedic team in Lesvos tell me. “When conditions are like this, they always come.”


On that afternoon in 2009, Belinda’s biggest worry was homework. She was brand new to her school in Mixco, a vast suburb outside Guatemala City, and was already struggling to keep up when she fell ill and missed a day of class. A friend invited her to her house to copy the assignments the teachers had given.