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.

USA GIRL SCOUTS OVERSEAS: Three Girl Scouts + Three Days in the Equality Lounge, Davos

Girl Scouts at the World Economic Forum

The Female Quotient is committed to advancing gender equality in the workplace. Known for their fabulous and inspiring “lounges” where women (and girls!) “connect, collaborate, and activate change together,” the Female Quotient recently hosted what they call an Equality Lounge during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The gathering featured nearly 100 thought leaders and influencers discussing how to take equality from an ideal to a reality. Of course, Girl Scouts had to be there.

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Clear Vision for Children in Rural Vietnam

Ngoc wears her new glasses

Ngoc couldn’t see clearly. When the eighth grader tried to read the board in class, everything was blurry. And even when her teacher let her sit up front, Ngoc struggled because of her poor eyesight. She did the best she could by borrowing her friends’ notes from class.

Two years earlier, a doctor at the district hospital had treated her for a corneal infection, but Ngoc’s vision remained blurred. She needed glasses, but her family was unable to pay for them.

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR): Intervening for Child Refugees in Uganda

Intervening for Child Refugees in Uganda

Global Ministries partner, Medical Teams International, diagnosed baby Brenda with severe malnutrition and malaria and intervened to provide medicine and nutritional supplements.

By Tyler Graf and Bella DiFilippo*

Eight-month-old Brenda grasped at her mother Sabrina’s finger. It was covered with a tasty nutritious supplement called PlumpyNut. After weeks of worry, Sabrina smiled as her youngest child devoured the food. At just 20 years old, Sabrina already has three children, and they mean everything to her.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: Jordan: Healing Patients Wounded by Conflicts

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff at the organization's reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, are helping to heal the bodies and minds of war-wounded patients from across the Middle East. A team of surgeons operates on victims of conflict whose often complex wounds were caused by bullets, bomb blasts, and explosions. In addition to providing orthopedic, maxillofacial, and plastic and burn surgery, the hospital offers physiotherapy and mental health counseling. Research and innovation are important elements of the program.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees Face New Dangers

Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to cross the border into Bangladesh, fleeing targeted violence and persecution in Myanmar. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Kate Nolan describes the current situation and the challenges on the horizon.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: DRC: Fighting the Country’s Worst Cholera Epidemic

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently facing its worst cholera outbreak in more than 20 years: in 2017, 55,000 people fell ill across 24 of the country’s 26 provinces, and 1,190 people died. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is at the forefront of the medical humanitarian response, treating nearly half of all cases nationwide (about 25,300 people). MSF’s cholera response is focused primarily in the provinces of Kongo Central, Kwilu, Kasaï, Haut Lomami, Maniema, Tanganyika, South Kivu, North Kivu, Ituri, and Bas-Uélé.

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER: CHAMPION OF RESILENCE: HOWA JUMA'S STORY

Howa Juma sharing her story with Action Against Hunger

A grandmother and refugee from South Sudan becomes a champion for resilience: Howa Juma's story is marked with pain, but defined by resilience. This summer she arrived at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe, Uganda, having crossed the border from her home in conflict-ridden South Sudan. She carried her twin grandchildren with her—just two weeks old at the time. The babies, Atoma and Anae Howa, were significantly underweight and suffered from diarrhea. Their mother died in childbirth in rural South Sudan, far from access to basic health services.

FREE THE SLAVES: FTS HELPS UNCLE RESCUE NEPHEW FROM STREET BEGGING SLAVERY

Mamady & Nephew

He traveled 500 miles to see slavery for himself, unaware that he would find a member of his own family trapped in a street begging gang in Senegal.

Without hesitation, he rescued the boy, 12 and brought him home.

Mamady Diamanka serves as president of his village’s community child protection committee (CAPE).

These groups, established by Free the Slaves and our Senegalese partner organization ENDA Jeunesse Action, alert parents in rural areas to the risks of sending their children away to religious boarding schools in faraway cities.

FREE THE SLAVES: FROM SLAVERY TO DRESSMAKING TRAINER IN THE CONGO

Benita teaching

My story is hard to tell,” says Benita Furaha, a trainer at a dressmaking training center in Rubaya, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Benita’s parents died when she was 13. Her older brother threatened to starve her or to send her out of the house if she couldn’t contribute to household expenses. One option was to find a husband. Instead, she went to work in the mines.

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