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.


Trauma healing groups help hurting people

My name is Rajiya which means “hope.” I live in the Middle East and am a Chaldean Christian. In the course of the last two years I lost hope. A militant group has been wreaking havoc across our land. They have kidnapped my people, driven us from our villages, and killed us. Many have fled, risking their lives and livelihoods to escape the terror. I stayed, along with thousands of others who had been uprooted. My body was still intact, but internally I was torn apart. My spirit wept, but I could not find tears.


Viani stands with her son in front of her church in Peru

In the small village of Cabracancha nestled in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Viani Estrada listens to her son read a children’s book. Friends and family gather around, relaxing in the shade of their church building after an afternoon meal. He sounds out words in his language, Wanca Quechua, diligently working his way through the story of Noah and the ark. Some of the people, especially those in the older generation, have never been able to read Quechua and it’s a treat to hear a young person read it to them.

SIGHTSAVERS INTERNATIONAL: Infant Ismail from Bangladesh Can See ForThe First Time

Baby Ismail Can see For The first Time

Eight-month-old Ismail Hossain comes from a deeply impoverished village in Bangladesh. Born with cerebral palsy and cataracts in both eyes which have left him completely blind, he lives in a one-roomed hut with his two-year-old brother Ibrahim, mother Monni and father Delowar Hossain.

Frightened and tired, Monni carried Ismail into the hospital in one arm and a plastic bag with his belongings in the other. While Ismail was in surgery Monni couldn’t sit down. After what seemed like an eternity Ismail was out of surgery and Monni could breathe again.


Meet Kalisa, a woman from Rwanda who faced a hopeless future. Alone and under-resourced, Kalisa
struggled to support herself and her grandchildren. She was stuck, until someone from one of World Relief’s local
church partners in Kalisa’s village reached out to her. Kalisa began to attend the local church and learned spiritual,
relational, and financial principles that transformed every area of her life. Kalisa finally realized she was more capable
of change than she’d ever believed and now has the tools to make those changes possible.


Pabi is a 15-year-old student poised for a bright future. As a freshman, she just received a full college
scholarship. But Pabi’s past wasn’t as bright as her future is now. In 2010, when she was just in 5 th grade, Pabi and
her family fled Nepal as conditions in Bhutan became exceedingly dangerous. They came to the U.S. and were
resettled by World Relief. Pabi relied on older Nepali friends at her new school to help her acclimate to her new life.


The Church established itself in Rwanda over 100 years ago, and today, more than 70% of the population is in
a church building every week. How then, in 1994, did a genocide of such horrific proportions and unprecedented
brutality take place? Volumes have been written on the underlying causes, on the immediate events leading up to the
genocide and of the failure of the world to take heed of the warning signs. Little, however, was said of the failure of

WATERAID: Celebrating four bold women who are making water work

Sanou , women's group leader in her community

Whether village chief or pump mechanic, community organiser or hygiene promoter, meet the women who are leading their communities towards a safer, cleaner future.

ACCION: Isidro Medina, clothing manufacturer

Isidro Medina

Measuring economic growth over time is one of the most valuable insights we have into our clients’ lives. It’s also one of the key ways we define our clients’ successes. The idea is to start small and grow steadily with the help of financial advice and small loans along the way. Isidro Medina, Peruvian craft maker and client of Accion partner Credinka, has followed this trajectory remarkably well.

ACCION: Champa Devi, tea stand owner

Champa Devi

Champa Devi owns a chai shop on a thoroughfare just outside of Patna, the capital and largest city in the Indian state of Bihar. Trucks, cars, auto rickshaws, motorcycles, and a host of foot traffic pass by in droves. It is rush hour, her busiest time of day. She smiles warmly, conscious of her foreign visitors and the photographer’s camera, which follows her as she moves swiftly along a rough-hewn wooden counter, serving up steaming glasses of tea from a blackened pot. Customers sit along the counter and on benches behind her, their postures nonchalant but eyes intently watching.

FREE THE SLAVES: Nartey Dickson: Community Education Brings Family Back to Fr

Nartey Dickson in school uniform

Disability forced Nartey’s mother to traffic him into slavery. He lost all hope as a child slave in a
fishing village on Lake Volta. Community education efforts brought his family back to freedom. His
mother is learning sustainable skills—and he is back in school.
Nartey is the oldest of 10 siblings.
His mother, Maria, is disabled. She
cannot work in farming, the
traditional and predominant
occupation of the family’s
indigenous people in a village in the
Central Tongu District of Ghana.
She had no way to provide for her