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.

WYCLIFFE BIBLE TRANSLATORS : A Message for All

Lilly shows the children's book of Bible stories

A Message for All
By Claire M. Smith

“I was standing in front of the throne of God, and God unrolled something like a scroll and his finger was writing on it. Then God gave this scroll to me. He said to me, ‘You have to go. This is an important message you have to deliver.’”

This vision marked the start of a remarkable journey which led Lilly Simon to produce a children’s Bible in her mothertongue language, Kalderash Romani.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: I left behind the stress and worry.

Before this house, we moved around, just trying to find affordable housing, getting out
of bad situations. It seemed like we could never find a safe, affordable place to live.
The lack of safety. The very high cost in rent. Being able to afford only that and nothing
else.
There were several occasions where our house had been robbed. My son came home
during one of the robberies and was assaulted. My youngest daughter wouldn’t
sleep alone, she wouldn’t go to her own room. They were sick often, and we had to do a

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Empowerment

Born and raised in Maine, Heidi Randall has long known that she wanted to put down roots there. “I set a goal to live and stay in Freeport to create a stable home environment for my daughter,” she says. Community is important for Heidi, a former teacher and youth advocate.
She turned to Habitat of Greater Portland after other efforts to find affordable homeownership opportunities turned up empty. After being approved, she started working on her sweat equity hours and completing other necessary steps to homeownership.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Because of this house...I see great things.

My name is Angel Meza. I’m a Habitat homeowner.
Having four kids and trying to find a decent, affordable place to live is extremely difficult. It’s probably one of the hardest tasks as a single parent — to find a location that is big enough, that you can afford and that is safe.
As the kids were getting older, being a homeowner was always that ultimate goal. We’re really good about checking off our goal list, but it was that one goal that kept getting pushed off — “maybe next year, maybe next year.”

SIGHTSAVERS INTERNATIONAL: One Billion

7 year old Dorcas receives the One Billionth NTD treatment

Throughout 2017 we counted down to our one billionth supported treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and we’re excited to announce that we’ve finally reached our target.

The billionth treatment was an integrated antibiotic treatment for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. It was distributed to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in a community in Kaduna State, Nigeria as part of UNITED, one of our flagship programmes.

SIGHTSAVERS INTERNATIONAL: "Make sure my eyes get better"

Muslima is a happy and confident eight-year-old with cataracts in both eyes. She can’t stand bright light and so often has to stay inside in the dark. She knows her way around her own home and neighbourhood so can move around confidently, but at school and in unfamiliar environments it’s more difficult as she can only see a few feet in front of her.

OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL: Turning a house into a home in Barranquilla, Colombia

Denis Alvarez

Ask Denis about how most people in her community access capital, and she’ll tell you about the local money lenders. The men who charge 20% interest a month and who aren’t afraid to physically hurt you if you are late on your payments. She’ll speak of them with a mixture of disdain and fear – and a heavy dose of gratitude that she has another option.

OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL: Facing down floods and building a safer home in Barranquilla

Rosa Perez

When you walk through Rosa’s neighborhood in Barranquilla, Colombia the ground gives a little bit beneath your feet. It’s unsteady. It’s because the entire town is built on a landfill that used to be a mangrove. And it’s built on a landfill without drainage.

When the heavy rains come, there is no where for the water to go so it rises up, flooding the houses that have been painstakingly pieced together. This happens so frequently that Rosa has raised the floor of her home three times trying to combat future damage.

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