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.

REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL: Increased Funding for Drought Response in Zimbabwe

A Mother Waits in Line for Food Distribution

Two consecutive years of poor rains, compounded by El Niño, have resulted in the worst drought in 35 years. It is estimated that more than four million people will require emergency humanitarian aid to get them through the end of the 2016-17 lean season. Exacerbating the situation is the regional nature of the drought, along with an economic crisis, a shortage of cash, and growing political tensions.



Bulelwa Panda knows the devastating power of hate.

Hate directed at her from strangers and lifelong neighbors alike. From her family. Even from her God.

Bulelwa was 18 when she first felt attracted to other women — in a country, South Africa, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identity remains a deeply taboo subject.

At first she tried to hide her sexuality by dating men, but when the deceit became overwhelming she decided, in 2003, to tell her parents. “They believed it was a sin and tried fixing me with traditional rituals of slaughtering animals.”



It was because Mathurin Azma wouldn’t stop crying that the soldiers used an electric taser on him.

But what else would you expect a 13-year-old boy to do when a military truck screeches to a halt in front of his home and soldiers leap out and race toward him? When they grab him off his front porch and muscle him into the back of the truck?

And when they drive him across the border from the Dominican Republic into Haiti and abandon him, a stranger in a strange land?

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Surgery Helps Malian Mothers Regain Their Independence—and T

Keita and son

If your ancestors came through Ellis Island, they were likely screened for trachoma, which was considered a “loathsome and dangerous” disease. It was also an ancient one, with evidence of infection of the eye from the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis as early as 8000 B.C.

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: A Prescription for Clearer Vision in Vietnam

Lan and her brother

Hoang Thi Lan is a 12-year-old girl whose family lives in a rural area of the Hai Hau District of Vietnam. When she was 18 months old, her right eye suddenly became swollen.

“She cried days and nights and could not eat or sleep well,” her mother said. “My husband took her to Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology for examination.”

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Models of Determination: Nepali Mothers Make Nutrition a Way


In the last five years, the mothers served by a program called Suaahara (“Good Nutrition”) have seen remarkable gains for their children and themselves. They grow so many vegetables that they no longer need to use precious funds to buy them. They can feed their children eggs—a valuable source of animal protein—daily. And their children are healthier, thanks not only to a nutrient-rich diet, but also to good habits like hand washing.

OXFAM AMERICA: Sparking a rice revolution

Along with working in her rice fields, Dang Thi Hong, left,

Expert rice farmers in Vietnam train neighbors in better ways to grow more.

On a bright October morning, the view out the door of Dang Thi Hong’s home in Vietnam is a world of green. She’s surrounded by rice fields, and two weeks before harvest the plants are chest high and a vibrant, verdant, green in the early light.

AMERICAN NEAR EAST REFUGEE AID (ANERA): In Gaza Preschools, Kitchens Become Science Labs for Active

A boy at the Gaza YMCA makes fruit salad to learn scientific

In Gaza’s impoverished communities, schools rarely come equipped with necessities like libraries and science labs. So with fewer resources available, some teachers are getting creative in the classroom.

Take, for example, the children of Gaza’s YMCA preschool. They have turned their kitchen into a science lab. Through fun activities, they are learning concepts like weight, volume, color, relationships between objects, and the transformation of substances.

MERCY CORPS: Connecting Guatemalan farmers to success through innovation

Carlos using technology to adapt to change

Natalio Simon Alvarez, 54, dresses up more than most people to plant his snow peas — a classic black hat with a feather in it sits atop his head. The volcano at the mouth of the valley where he rents his farmland is awake today, a small plume of ash rising enough to get my attention.

The sight of the volcano is clearly unremarkable to him. He hoists a mesh bag with his seeds and tools over one shoulder and a hoe over the other and sets off into his dusty plot in his leather dress shoes. This is his twelfth year growing snow peas, and they are his most valuable crop.