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.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN: Tisine's Story

Tisine

Deep in the rural mountains of Haiti, in a dusty village where life is hard and food is scarce, three-year-old Tisine’s eyes were glazed with pain.

He showed signs of kwashiorkor, a horrible symptom of malnutrition that often causes intense swelling and extreme discomfort.

In a family with 11 children to take care of, his mom simply couldn’t keep up with the needs of her large family.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN: Jascent's Story

Jascent

A tiny two-year-old sat on her great-grandmother’s lap. She wearily gnawed on a hard vegetable root. Her yellowed eyes stared vacantly.

The delicate toddler couldn't sit up on her own. At barely 12 pounds she weighed half what a healthy child should.

The skin on her legs draped around her thighs. Her hair was almost white from malnourishment.

The frail child’s mother abandoned her when she was a week old.

Her 77-year-old great-grandmother Benareta is the only person who tried to care for her in the dusty Ugandan village.

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.

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.

SEED PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL: Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize! (Pass it on

Bentol City Farmers

Education for farmers and their communities is a critical component for reestablishing self-sufficiency after Ebola, and the farmers of the SPI Liberia Partnership Network have made education a priority. Continuing the collaborative action plan from a May stakeholder meeting, these self-organized working groups designed and conducted trainings and skill-sharing events that are accessible by all participants of the partnership. Seven trainings were planned for June through August, and they didn't stop there.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.: Celebrating Yaya's Success!

Yaya

At the IRC in Tucson, there’s a culture of celebration. Cheers of joy can be regularly heard in the office when a refugee secures his or her first job in the U.S., or when the staff finds out that a family is moving in to their very own home. Staff members are inspired daily by the strength and determination of refugees. Many of them speak little or no English and come with very little resources at their disposal. But that doesn’t stop them from moving forward and striving to create better futures for themselves and their families.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.: Line's Story

Line

Until last year, Line had spent almost her entire life in a refugee camp.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, her family fled when she was just one year old. They made their way East and reached Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania, now one of the world’s oldest and largest refugee camps. For the next 19 years, that is where Line, her two sisters and her brother grew up.

SHELTERBOX USA: ShelterBox Provides Tools for Recovery in Haiti

ShelterBox Response in Haiti

ShelterBox deployed to Haiti following the destruction of Hurricane Matthew. This deployment provided 3,000 total families with ShelterKits and other non-food items such as water carriers, water filters, mosquito nets and solar lights.

UNICEF USA: Building on Polio Eradication Achievements in Chad

A UNICEF health worker vaccinates a child against polio

Chad, which had its last case of wild polio virus in 2012, revitalized its immunization program in 2013 through the Reaching Every District (RED) Approach. Currently, the country is implementing a promising approach to link health centers to communities by using the same resources that have been successful in combating polio worldwide.

UNICEF USA: Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Jhuma Akhter studies after school

Fourteen-year-old Jhuma Akhter is back in school and performing at the top of her class thanks to a cash transfer program. Getting here hasn’t been easy.

When Jhuma was just 8 years old, she left school to work as a servant in an abusive home. She spent three years there, and was never paid for her labor or allowed to attend school. She worked in exchange for her upkeep and the promise that, when the time came for her to marry, her employer would pay her dowry.

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