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.

PROJECT HOPE: With a Little HOPE, a Baby Can Thrive

Baby Tom

Last spring, we told you the story of Baby Tom Kenyon Smith from Sierra Leone. Baby Tom Kenyon was born premature, along with his twin, in a Bo District Hospital of Sierra Leone. Sadly, his twin did not survive. But with the nurturing and care of Project HOPE volunteers, Baby Tom and his young mother grew strong and were able to return to their home soon after the birth. The family was so grateful for the care and support provided by HOPE volunteers, they honored HOPE by naming Tom after Project HOPE’s CEO, Dr. Tom Kenyon.

PROJECT HOPE: Young Mother’s Fears Quelled

Nepalese Mother

21-year-old Pramila was pregnant with her second child and was anxious and worried. Her first delivery three years prior was a fearful experience because she didn’t have the medical support she felt she needed.

Pramila is a resident of Bharta, a remote village in Nepal where the health system is weak. The small health post there struggles daily. One of its biggest problems is a lack of trained health workers, and there is not a single birthing center nearby.

ZANAAFRICA FOUNDATION: Research: 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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.

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.

HIAS: Iraqi Refugee Advocates for Disability Rights in Texas

Qusay wears dark glasses and carries a white walking stick. He’s the sort of person who wins you over almost immediately. He speaks openly, and from the heart. He gets animated when it comes to the topic of helping others, as if he might jump out of his seat and go solve all the world’s problems that instant.

The day I meet him, the 28-year-old is running from meeting to meeting in Washington, D.C. like any other advocate making the most of a quick fly in.