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.

PLANET AID INC: From Street Smarts to School Smarts

Sajida

“I started picking garbage when I was ‘this big’,” says Sajida, lifting her right palm two feet off the classroom floor. The 8-year-old stands barely four feet above the ground today, but the resonance of her voice speaks to a street-smartness beyond her age.

“My friends who went to schools told me that at times the teachers hit students in the class,” she said. “That kept me away from schools.”

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:

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.

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.

PLANET AID INC: Almirante's Lunch

Almirante

Almirante never ate lunch during the school day. The small and shy first-grader spent long hours in the classroom with an empty stomach. The curly letters and meandering numbers on the blackboard were strange and bewildering to him.

Like most children in rural Mozambique, Almirante comes from a poor family. Meals at home rarely comprised more than one dish of xima, a traditional maize flour porridge, per day. Only on special occasions would the xima be served with a cassava leaf or cabbage stew.

PLANET AID INC: Stepping Up for Children

Neeraj

Twelve-year-old Neeraj’s clear eyes, bright smile, and loud greeting are impossible to miss while visiting the Kadam Step-Up Center in Dharuhera. A native of the Panna District of Madhya Pradesh, Neeraj has been studying at the Center for seven months. During that time, he has never missed a single lesson. 

PLANET AID INC: Finding the Way Back to Learning

Vikas in the Kadam Step-up Classroom

Chandrika’s eyes well up as her fingers pass through the hair of her 12-year-old son, Vikas. “All my hopes rest on him now,” she says wiping her misty eyes.

A few years back Chandrika’s older son mysteriously disappeared while on his way to their native village in Madhubani District of Bihar. He was never found.

Today, Chandrika and her husband are daily wage labourers in Gurugram, Haryana, and the family of four – including their nine-year-old son, Vishal – are slowly recovering from their loss.

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