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.


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.

PLANET AID INC: Almirante's Lunch


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.

PLANET AID INC: Stepping Up for Children


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: From Street Smarts to School Smarts


“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.”

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
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.”