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.

FREE THE SLAVES: Overcoming Child Fishing Slavery in Ghana

Richard

Poverty and ignorance forced Richard’s grandmother to traffic him into slavery. He spent seven years as a child slave on Lake Volta. At her funeral he saw a chance to be free—and was courageous enough to take it. Richard’s father died when he was little. He was given to his grandmother, but she could not provide for him. In a heart-breakingly common practice in Ghana, she turned him over to a trafficker. “I think if my grandmother was not in poverty, she would not have sold me into

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: A Forbes ‘Top 30 under 30’ Entrepreneur from SOS Romania

Lucian pictured with his SOS Mother and the other children

Lucian grew up at an SOS Children’s Village in Romania and now runs his own successful IT Company.

Abandoned at birth by his parents, Lucian was initially placed in a state- run children’s home. A few years later, he joined the SOS Children’s Village in Bucharest. Despite struggling to come to terms with the absence of his biological parents, Lucian has worked hard not to let this prevent him from becoming independent and happy.

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: Three Years after Ebola Killed Her Parents: Alphia’s Story

Alphia with her SOS mother Waletor

MONROVIA, Liberia—Ebola was first reported in Liberia in March 2014. For the next year, the deadly virus would spread throughout the country like wildfire, killing nearly 5,000 people and infecting thousands more.

The deadly virus left thousands of children orphaned—not just in Liberia but also in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, where another 6,500 people died from the disease. Six-year-old Alphia was one of these orphaned children.

ECHO: ECHO Training Impacts Rural Farmers in Burkina Faso

Emile is a small-scale farmer working in Kouka, a town located in the west of the province Banwa in the Black Volta region also known as "the breadbasket of Burkina Faso." Kouka is in the cotton belt of Burkina which is renowned for the extensive use of chemical inputs by producers. This dependence on chemical inputs has increased budgets for farmers and consequentially has begun a spiral of impoverishment in the region despite good crop production. Much of the farmer's income is spent on repaying loans for chemicals and medical care, leaving little room for investment.

ECHO: ECHO Impacts Youth Through Mentorship Program in East Africa

Gardening Mentorship Program Benefits Children

At any one time you can find around one hundred kids boarding at a rehabilitative center for children located in Arusha, Tanzania. The children housed here are either waiting to go into surgery or are recovering from orthopedic and plastic surgeries. It’s common to find children with severe burns, club feet, cleft palates, or missing limbs playing together in the yard. Safe spaces can be hard to find when village life so often is based on living within the standard of normalcy, which many times includes appearances.

CARE: VSLA Gives Hope to a School Dropout

Aicha With Her Mentors

It is a quarter past 10 in the morning and women, both young and old, are trouping to the community center in haste, chatting breezily with faces full of joy.

It’s time for the Wende Panda Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) meeting at Aki Kouamekro, a cocoa farming community in the western part of Cote d’Ivoire. VSLAs in West Africa have become the backbone for economic growth, particularly for the women of this community, most of whom can now earn their own income.

CARE: No, I Cannot Regret to be a Girl!

Clothilde Mpawenimana and her son, Hughes

NGOZI PROVINCE, BURUNDI – My name is Clothilde Mpawenimana. I am 24 years old and the mother of a 4-year-old son named Hughes. I am a member of Ijukiribikorwa village savings and loan group, and I’m a supervising agent of CARE’s POWER Africa Project. I quit high school in the eighth grade because of an unwanted pregnancy that followed years of abuse at home. I was a victim.

I used to say, “Oh, my God, why did you create me a girl?” But today, I feel differently.

CARE: Education: The Journey You Cannot Walk Alone

Memory Nyirenda preparing for the day's lesson at her desk.

The wind is blowing dust and leaves while birds whistle and sing songs of hope that soon, the rains will be falling. The farmers are busy preparing their gardens while Memory Nyirenda, a 30-year-old female teacher and assistant deputy headmaster, is getting ready to go to school to prepare the minds of the future leaders at Santhe Primary school. Santhe is located in the southern part of Kasungu, a region in Malawi in which many women are illiterate and the school dropout rate is high.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: Supporting a Decimated Health Care System

In southern Syria, fighting intensified in February and March as opposing forces vied for control of the city of Dara´a. As bombings and aerial attacks in eastern Dara´a increased, hospitals and medical structures in the area were forced to close to avoid being targeted. Some residents have also witnessed civilian structures being targeted by airstrikes.

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