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.

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: 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.

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.”

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.

HIAS: Refugees in Chad are Making the Desert Bloom

When the World Food Programme made significant cuts in food aid for Darfuri refugees living in Eastern Chad, many refugees were left with a choice: forage for food, eat one meal a day, or work in fields outside of the camps.

But for the older refugee population, as well as those living with disabilities, at risk of rape outside of the camp, or otherwise vulnerable, finding ways to supplement their food rations—particularly during dry season—became increasingly challenging.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: I left behind the stress and worry.

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.
There were several occasions where our house had been robbed. My son came home
during one of the robberies and was assaulted. My youngest daughter wouldn’t
sleep alone, she wouldn’t go to her own room. They were sick often, and we had to do a

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Because of this house...I see great things.

Angel Meza

My name is Angel Meza. I’m a Habitat homeowner.
Having four kids and trying to find a decent, affordable place to live is extremely difficult. It’s probably one of the hardest tasks as a single parent — to find a location that is big enough, that you can afford and that is safe.
As the kids were getting older, being a homeowner was always that ultimate goal. We’re really good about checking off our goal list, but it was that one goal that kept getting pushed off — “maybe next year, maybe next year.”

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