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.

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD (CMMB): In the End: Bheki's Story

Bheki being assisted by a Community Health Worker

For the past 15 years, the Hartmann’s – long time CMMB volunteers – have dedicated much of their lives to bringing hope and dignity to the people of Swaziland through home-based healthcare. Together with a team from the Good Shepherd Mission Hospital, they administer medications, treatments, and human kindness to the sick and the dying.

A note from the Hartmann’s:

To all those who support our work,

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD (CMMB): Strong Family Circles Empower Women in Zambia

A family circle in Zambia.

Strong family circles keep hope alive for the poorest in Zambia. In city slums and remote villages, Family Circles of Care empower women and their families with support and friendship. CMMB community health worker Pastor Charles Zulu is a program coordinator with the Kusamala Project. He works with families in Kabwe, one of the largest slums in Zambia. He describes the program this way:

ECOHEALTH ALLIANCE: Using Technology to Inform Disease Outbreaks

As part of EcoHealth Alliance's work we build technology to help bolster early warnings of disease outbreaks globally. In 2016, EcoHealth Alliance released FLIRT, a network analysis tool that enables users to examine flight networks to identify where infected travelers and contaminated goods are likely to travel to. FLIRT calculates the connectedness between airports using passenger, cargo, and network data. FLIRT predicts locations that are at risk of exposure to infected travelers and goods after an infectious disease outbreak has been detected.

PAN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION: Local Factory Thrives in Haiti

Glory Industries in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

U.S. Ambassador Peter Mulrean and USAID Mission Director Jene Thomas got a closer look at how small businesses are having a big impact on Haiti’s economy. They visited Glory Industries, a Haitian business that manufactures sanitary products such as napkins, paper towels, tissues and toilet paper in Port-au-Prince. Deputy Chief of Mission Brian Shukan, USAID Haiti EGAD director Michael Wyzan and PADF Country Director Nadia Cherrouk also joined the tour.

PAN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION: New Bikes Help Rural Colombian Students Get to School

Bicycle donation

Liseth walks for more than an hour from her home in Riohacha, La Guajira Colombia to get to school. The sun is hot and when it rains, the paths become muddy, she says. Thanks to an alliance between Postobón and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), her commute is much shorter. Postobón delivers bicycles to vulnerable students in rural areas to reduce dropout rates and improve academic performance. Last year alone, Postobon donated more than 1,500 bikes to children in communities including Samutpiou, Media Luna and Laachon Mayapo.

ASHOKA: Kailash Satyarthi - 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Kailash Satyarthi is the renowned leader in the global movement against child labor. He was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993. In 1983, Kailash Satyarthi founded the grassroots movement Bachpan Bachao Andolan - Save the Childhood Movement and Rugmark - a rug trademarking organization that guaranteed fair practices and no child labor. These movements have rescued over 80,000 children from the scourge of bondage, trafficking and exploitative labor in the last three decades.

ASHOKA: Malala Yousafzai - 2014 Nobel Peace Price Recipient

Before becoming a global advocate for equal access to education for girls, Malala Yousafzai worked closely at Ashoka Fellow Mohammad Ali’s school, Khpal Kor in Swat, Pakistan. This school provided Malala and other girls like her access to education where the opportunities for education were extremely limited. Malala was Speaker of the “District Child Assembly” that Mohamad started to give children a voice. This gave Malala the opportunity to hone her changemaking skills at an early age.

WORLD VISION: 17 reasons to have hope in 2017

Moms around the world are tapping into their vast potential

Hope shines a light in the darkness. It’s infectious, even healing. But what is there to be hopeful for? Let’s look at the year ahead with 17 reasons to have hope in 2017 — and how to pray them into reality.

AMERICAN NEAR EAST REFUGEE AID (ANERA): Syrian Refugee Families Face Bitter Winter in Lebanon

Wala’a and Zahra’a got pink sweaters (their favorite color)

In the northern village of Khirbet Daoud, not far from the Lebanese-Syrian border, lives Maamoun with his wife and two daughters. Maamoun is a Syrian farmer who owned a chicken farm business back in his hometown of Homs, Syria. Now his family lives in an informal tented settlement that used to be a farm of hen coops. It now accommodates 500 Syrian refugee families.

“Four years ago, a stray bullet hit me during clashes in Homs, and I was physically disabled,” Maamoun said. “As my case was very critical, the Red Cross transferred me to Lebanon and then my family followed.”

REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL: Starving Nigerians Receive Additional U.S

A camp for the displaced in Northeast Nigeria

When in 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram abducted 271 girls from a high school in the Nigerian town of Chibok, the world's attention turned to the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. Sadly, the Chibok girls are only part of a much larger story of violence against women and girls in the northeast. The attention on this remote corner of the Sahel had not translated into sustained humanitarian assistance for all those that were affected.

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