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.

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: This Woman Has Raised More than 100 Children

SOS Mother

Nearly 50 years ago, Graciela was asked to do something that would change her life.

Two dozen children needed a new home because they lost the care of their biological families, Graciela was told in 1969. The directive continued: you will have to build a home for these vulnerable children, cook for them, make sure they excel in school, love them, and above all, become their mother.

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: This Family in Zambia Pulled Itself Out of Poverty

Mary working at her own restaurant.

“Our living conditions were very pathetic. My mother had no money to pay for rent, so we lived in a small tent – me, my mother and my four siblings.”

Martin, 24, still remembers how difficult life was before he and his family joined the SOS Family-Strengthening Program in Lusaka, Zambia.

Mary, his mother, had lost her husband some years ago. With five children to take care of on her own—and no job—life became very daunting. She was only able to provide her children with one meal a day.

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.

CLINTON FOUNDATION: The entrepreneur bringing clean energy to inner cities

Donnel Baird grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where he witnessed firsthand the realities of inner city living. One unexpected reality: relentless, unforgiving cold.

“I remember how inefficiently we would heat our one-bedroom apartment. When it got cold outside, we would turn on the stove and open the oven door,” he said.

Childhood experiences like this left a lasting impression on Donnel, motivating him to become a community organizer after college in Brownsville, Brooklyn – the neighborhood with the second highest incarceration rate in New York City (2015).

PLANET AID: Stepping Up for Children


Twelve-year-old Neeraj’s clear eyes, bright smile, and loud greeting are impossible to miss while visiting the 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. 

ENGENDERHEALTH: Reaching More Women and Girls

Peer educator at community outreach event

To Winnie Namatovu, 26, a nursing assistant and peer educator from Kyantale Village in Uganda, topics such as generating income, managing money, and using contraception are all connected. She has a deep and personal understanding of the linkage between delaying unwanted pregnancy and the ability to earn a living. Her younger sister became a mother at age 13 and later had another unintended pregnancy. As a mother of two children herself, Winnie also knows how important the spacing and timing of pregnancies are to one’s future.

UNICEF USA: Aida's Story

Aida Mesquita does her homework in her room

When she was just five years old, Aida Mesquita followed her older siblings to their local school and started the first grade. “It was really noisy,” she remembers, “there were two grades in a single classroom and it was crowded, so it was hard to concentrate.” The teacher stood in front of the rows of desks and talked. “If we didn’t pay attention, the teachers would beat us. It made me scared to be at school.”

At the end of the year, Aida dropped out. Like more than 70 per cent of students in Timor-Leste who complete grade one, she could not read a single word.

HUMANITY & INCLUSION: Aicha and the joy of inclusion

Aicha and the joy of inclusion

Ten-year-old Aicha lives in Guinea-Bissau. She is energetic, fearless, and always on the move; running, playing, climbing as though life has no barriers. While at school, she's the life of the playground at recess.

So it’s hard to believe that only two years ago, Aicha wasn’t attending school at all. Difficulties with her vision and sensitive skin as a result of albinism meant that her parents felt it was best for her to stay at home. She interacted mainly with her family and lacked the confidence to make friends. That is, until she met Humanity & Inclusion.

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.

BRAC: Pili

Pili and her students

In Tanzania, just 40 percent of pre-primary aged children are enrolled in early childhood education. And most primary schools in the region rely on outdated methods of teaching, like memorization and lecturing, even for the youngest students.