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 : 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.

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR): Advocacy for our neighbors

Advocacy for our neighbors

By Bella DiFilippo*

In September 2017, the Trump administration announced it would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In response, The United Methodist Church is focusing on advocacy and increasing support for National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON).

The JFON network grew out of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) long commitment to refugees and immigrants. Since UMCOR’s founding in 1940, refugee ministry has been at the heart of its work, guided by Christian values of hospitality to the stranger.

ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ACTION, THE (ALIMA): Surviving Ebola: Amadou's story

Surviving Ebola: Amadou's story

Amadou Camara is one of more than 1,100 Ebola survivors in Guinea. The 55-year-old father of six lives in the village of Koropara, some 90 kilometers from N’Zerekore, in Guinea’s southeastern forest region, where the first Ebola case was recorded in December 2013. Between March 23, 2014, when Guinea’s Ministry of Health declared the outbreak, and April 21, 2016, when the last survivor was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) in N'Zerekore, more than 3,811 people in Guinea were affected and 2,543 died.

ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ACTION, THE (ALIMA): Working for ALIMA: Modou, the Health Promotor

Modou, ALIMA Health Promotor in Cameroon

In northern Cameroon, families have been fleeing violent conflict between the military forces and the Islamist group Boko Haram. Many children suffering from malnutrition are admitted daily into the nutritional department of the Mokolo district hospital supported by ALIMA. Since May 2016, almost 4,500 malnourished children have been treated free of charge by the ALIMA. At the ALIMA supported hospital in Mokolo, families and medical staff share how the conflict has affected their lives.

Modou, Health Promotor working for ALIMA:

GLOBAL PARTNERS IN CARE: Compassionate care at the end of life

Partnerships give people from vastly different places the opportunity to share the joy of visiting hospice patients - and the opportunity to recognize the work is the same at heart, whether it is in Malawi or California. Nkhoma Hospital palliative care program is partnered with Hospice of the North Coast in California. Cristina from Hospice of the North Coast joined Leviticus, the Chaplain from the Nkhoma Hospital palliative care program, to visit patients. Norma was delighted to see Leviticus and he was able to engage her in life review using a photobook that Norma shared with him.

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