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.

WATERAID: Meet Carla--rainwater harvesting in Nicaragua

A Mother's Love & Water

WaterAid sits down with Carla Espinoza, mother of two sons and two daughters, living in Wawa Bar, Nicaragua. Carla practices traditional fishing and agriculture to provide for her family and has recently benefitted from a WaterAid intervention, proving her with access to safe and clean water.

WATERAID: Celebrating three 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.

WATERAID: Meet Maggie--making history in Vimphere

Maggie draws water from the new pump in VImphere, Malawi

When moving to Vimphere 11 years ago, Maggie struggled to access safe and clean water. Water scarcity caused
health problems that kept children away from school and men and women away from their businesses. Not only did
women and girls spend hours collecting and waiting for water, but members of the village, including Maggie, were
often sick with dysentery and diarrhea because the water was unsafe to drink.

ZANAAFRICA FOUNDATION: Research: The Nia Project

THE NIA PROJECT

ZanaAfrica, in collaboration with The Population Council and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is testing approaches to determine whether access to sanitary pads and reproductive health education helps keep girls in school and improves social and health outcomes.

THE ISSUE

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: Lule

Lule

1. Over 80% of Ethiopians live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood.
However, Ethiopians are suffering from the residual effects of the most severe drought in 30 years making hunger and loss of livestock a reality for many.
Lule (above) is a mother of ten children and lost 25 of her cattle due to the drought. She struggles to save her remaining two cows as they're her only source of income.
With the support of people like you, IOCC has provided much-needed water to help save Lule's livestock – and her livelihood.

UNITED SEAMEN'S SERVICE: United Seamen's Service International Centers & AOTOS

(2) USS Success Stories

USS Centers – Sports, Fitness & Recreation

1. USS recognizes the importance of both physical and mental fitness to the seafaring way of life. A fit seafarer is able to withstand the rigors of life at sea, avoid illness and stay focused and alert which helps prevent shipboard accidents.

SMILE TRAIN: ALFRED ONANA: A SMILE HEALS A FAMILY

ALFRED ONANA

Ba’ana Onana of Cameroon feared the worst when her son Alfred was born with a cleft lip, as her nephew, who also was born with a cleft, had tragically passed away only months before.

Ba’ana was overjoyed that Alfred successfully made it through his first days, but her joy was soon eclipsed by allegations from her husband’s family.

HIAS: Refugees in Greece Need Legal Aid

So many, the Greek Islands conjure images of white sandy beaches and turquoise blue water. But for thousands of traumatized and desperate asylum-seekers, it is the place where their journey to safety and freedom came to an abrupt halt.

Over the past two years, as some nations closed their borders, many who fled war and persecution in other parts of the world wound up stuck in Greek reception centers and group housing, waiting for interviews and uncertain about their futures. Some have reported waiting more than six months to be registered by the Greek Asylum Service.

SMILE TRAIN: JHOANNA GALUT: SMILE TRAIN’S 750,000TH PATIENT 4 YEARS LATER

JHOANNA GALUT

The first six years of Jhoanna Galut’s life was similar to many other children living with untreated clefts in the developing world. Jhoanna was frequently ill because of her inability to eat, she was teased and tormented by other children so she avoided going to school, and sadly her large family was unable to afford cleft surgery for her on an income of $2 a day.

But in March of 2012, Jhoanna’s life changed forever when she received free cleft surgery and coincidentally became Smile Train’s 750,000th new smile recipient.

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES: Marwa

Marwa

2. Marwa (above), a 30-year-old mother of six, lives in the village of Bani Suhaila in the Gaza Strip with her children and unemployed husband. Her children are only partially enrolled at local schools because they lack the funds to send them full time. Marwa is hoping and trying to build a good future for her kids, who are in need of better education, healthcare, and nutrition.

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