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.

UNICEF USA: Mothers and Community Leaders Tackle Malnutrition in Mali

Bassan Koita leads a nutrition support group

In 2014, the district of Yorosso in southern Mali was approaching a crisis of malnutrition. Nearly 1 out of 3 children were chronically malnourished, and just under 1 per cent suffered from severe acute malnutrition – a condition which can be life-threatening to children.

Part of the problem was that many new mothers did not have the resources and education they needed about breastfeeding and proper nutrition for their children. What they needed was information.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.: Pursuing an Education: Silva's Story

Silva excitedly signs the alphabet and various animals in a language she did not speak a few weeks earlier. At an after school meeting, she’s eager to demonstrate her progress in learning American Sign Language (ASL). With the help of the IRC, Silva found a new school where she can thrive. However, it has been a long journey to get there.

BRAC: Lipi

Lipi and her family

BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation program provides two years of intensive support and training for women living in poverty to start a livelihood, improve health for their families, send their children to school, and lay the groundwork for their future. One such woman is Lipi.

ALIMA USA: 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.

ALIMA USA: 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:

SEED PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL: Expertise from the Diaspora: GrowEastAfrica & SPI, Ethiopia

When SPI enters into a partnership, our partner’s goals become our goals. They know best what is needed for their success. We rely on their expertise to facilitate a relationship between us and their communities, and to ensure that the decision-making for our programs is directed from within those communities. GrowEastAfrica (a project of Diaspora Burji Community Organization), is an Ethiopian diaspora-led group based in the US who has been working to provide access to resources and training that strengthen the resilience of families in Southern Ethiopia.

SEED PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL: Discovering Vegetables: Esther's Story, Kenya

Esther is a farmer from Makongo village and a member of the Makongo Farmers Network in south-central Kenya, where she owns ½ acre of land. She was forced to relocate from Eldoret in western Kenya due to political instability during 2007-2008. A single mother, she supports eight children, five of whom are in school.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.: In the Kitchen with Leila

Meet Leila Murjan, an asset to our Project CHOP team and a superstar in the kitchen.

Murjan came aboard Project CHOP after relocating to San Diego from Syria. She became a chef in Beruit, Lebanon, and to her working with Project CHOP is a dream come true.

“I was a housewife [in Syria] and wasn’t able to work because my husband did,” said Murjan. “I enjoy being able to work and make money in the kitchen doing what I love.”

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION: The long road for Sangita

Studying at the HRDC school

When she was seven months old, baby Sangita was sleeping with her mother near an open kitchen fire inside their family hut, as is common in poor, single-room homes. But she moved too close to the flame and severely burned both hands and her left hip. Her mother woke up to the child screaming and on fire. She did the best she could do for her suffering baby—applying an herbal treatment to the burns as instructed by locals in her village. Since the herbs provided some relief, she did not seek further medical care for the child.

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