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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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

Maamoun was left disabled by a stray bullet in Syria.

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.”

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