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.

AFRICARE : Monsanto Fund Helps Africare Address Malnutrition in Kenya

Children of Africa

Turkana County, Kenya is in the throes of a critical food emergency. Record malnutrition rates, erratic climate and a disruption of traditional food sources have led the World Health Organization to designate the area as an Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis. But, thanks to a grant from the Monsanto Fund, Africare will soon start helping pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children live healthier lives by increasing access to nutritious foods and nutrition education.

AFRICARE : Africare Published in the Malaria Journal

DEKI READER

“The role of the Deki Reader™ in malaria diagnosis, treatment and reporting: findings from an Africare pilot project in Nigeria.” Adah et al., 2018.

Learn more about these findings by clicking here or to download: https://rdcu.be/RUA7

AFRICARE : Africare and Merck Partner to Build a Better Future for the

Africare and Merck

Africare and Merck & Co., Inc.* collaborated this year to continue our commitment to building bright, vibrant futures for Africa’s children.

Through the MSD Fellowship for Global Health, three Merck employees spent three months in Malawi with Africare to focus on the development of a five-year strategic plan for The Institute for Child Wellness in Africa (TICWA). With expertise in strategic planning, clinical research, and communication & stakeholder engagement, the Merck Fellows developed a clear roadmap to accelerate TICWA’s success.

AFRICARE : Tanzanian Villagers Fight Drought and Flourish

Living in dry, desert-like conditions isn’t easy for people in the Mvumi Village, Mvumi District in Dodoma Region of Tanzania. Extended periods of drought and limited wa- ter sources routinely lead to dry fields, parched plants and poor crop yields, creating hard times for farming families. Fortunately, the beneficiaries of the USAID funded program through Feed the Future and the Global Health Initiative supported the Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) are able to meet these challenges head on. “Mwanzo Bora” in Swahili means good start.

AFRICARE : Empowering Women in Nigeria through Clean Cooking

Clean Cooking

In Nigeria, more than 98,000 women and children die every year due to firewood smoke from traditional cookstoves. Women labor at or around these traditional cookstoves - which use wood, charcoal or kerosene - for hours a day, often with infants strapped securely to their bodies; mother and child both exposed to dangerous smoke and pollutants.

AFRICARE : Creating a Safe Place for Women to Give Birth in Africa

Maternity Waiting Home, Bong County, Liberia

Every day in sub-Saharan Africa about 550 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios, with 1 death out of every 13 deliveries. The mortality rate of newborns, within the first 28 days of life, is also high-37 for every 1,000 live births. These deaths are all the more tragic because they result largely from preventable complications that arise during the critical period of labor, delivery, and the immediate 24 hours after giving birth.

AFRICARE : Breaking the Cycle of Malnutrition in Tanzania

Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP)

Approximately 33.4 percent of children under the age of five in the Morogoro Region of Tanzania experience stunting - a condition resulting from chronic malnutrition. This lack of adequate nutrition robs children of physical strength and impairs their cognitive development, leaving them at high risk of frequent illness and falling behind in learning.

HELPAGE: Kul Bahadur's Success Story

Kul Bahadur, 80, Nepal

After the earthquake struck Nepal in April of 2015, communities were devastated by the destruction and many felt hopeless as they began the process of rebuilding their lives. Kul Bahadur was among those whose lives were deeply affected by the disaster. Because he was part of one of HelpAge’s Older Persons’ Associations (OPAs), he was able to get a loan to buy stock for his small business and also to purchase medication for high blood pressure. With help from this loan, Kul was able to save up enough personal money to start repairing his home.

HELPAGE: Theresa's Success Story

Theresa Monrovia

The Ebola breakout from 2014-2016 had a devastating impact on families in Sierra Leone, including Theresa’s. During the outbreak, she lost her daughter and now takes care of 6 grandchildren. Before, Theresa made a living growing and selling cassava, but it was not enough to support her larger household.

Through a HelpAge-supported local Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), Theresa received a small loan to pay for her grandchildren’s schooling and expand her cassava business. Today, she serves as the VSLA’s treasurer, managing the group’s finances and record-keeping.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Because of this house...I left behind the stress and worry.

Tammie

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.

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