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.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: A First Responder's story from Somalia

First Responder Abdi cares for a patient in Somalia.

For more than 20 years, Abdi* has cared for Somalia’s sick as a nurse with International Medical Corps in Somalia. He started his work with International Medical Corps in 1996. Over the years he has responded to disease outbreaks in three different regions of Somalia and saved countless lives. Today, he sees about 50 patients a day at a clinic that International Medical Corps runs in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL: Building Opportunity, One Classroom at a Time

Aurelia Jonas

For 18 years, Aurelia worked at a commercial bank. She was let go at the age of 45 when the branch where she worked was closed, so 8 years ago, she decided to open a small school. Even when she was a banker, she had a passion for teaching. She knew she was well-equipped with knowledge. In her words, "Why should I stay idle with the education I have? My parents paid for my school and I should use that." Each year, she would build one new classroom as the school grew - slow and steady.

OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL: Facing down floods and building a safer home in Barranquilla

Rosa Perez

When you walk through Rosa’s neighborhood in Barranquilla, Colombia the ground gives a little bit beneath your feet. It’s unsteady. It’s because the entire town is built on a landfill that used to be a mangrove. And it’s built on a landfill without drainage.

When the heavy rains come, there is no where for the water to go so it rises up, flooding the houses that have been painstakingly pieced together. This happens so frequently that Rosa has raised the floor of her home three times trying to combat future damage.

BRAC USA: Pili

Pili

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 And most primary schools in the region rely on outdated methods of teaching, like memorization and lecturing, even for the youngest students.

BRAC USA: 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.

MEDICAL TEAMS INTERNATIONAL: Little Girl Struck by Bomb in Syria Receives Emergency Care

Bombed Health Clinic in Syria

9-year-old Marwa, who lives with her family in an abandoned and partially destroyed house in war-torn northern Aleppo, was playing outside when she heard the all-too-familiar sound of bombs exploding around her.

But this time, it was too late for little Marwa to run for shelter. Metal and rock fragments flew, tearing through the ligaments in her leg. She was lying on the ground in pain, scared of what was happening.

RISE AGAINST HUNGER: FEEDING DREAMS ACROSS SOUTHERN AFRICA

Classroom in Mozambique

Albertina eats bread with tea every morning for pequeno almoço, Portuguese for breakfast, then walks an hour to school. Occasionally, she skips breakfast and forages fruits on the way to class. Chances are slim that she will have lunch at all. She attends a primary school in Boane District, a 45 minute drive from Maputo, Mozambique, where we met her. As if it was something to hope for, not something to expect, she told us she liked the idea of “lunch at school because I will get a meal, and will go to class without feeling hungry.”

RISE AGAINST HUNGER: INITIATIVE HARNESSES PASSION FOR AGRICULTURE IN HAITI

Farmers with their harvest

Minimal irrigation infrastructure, unverified seed quality, decreasing sales prices. These are only a few of the challenges affecting farmers near Gonaives, Haiti. Even in the face of these obstacles, they remain undaunted.

Sadrack, an experienced farmer, says, “I am not going to be stopped!”

He raises pigs, grows spinach and has established 1,450 banana trees since June 2016. His increased production has allowed him to hire a neighbor.

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Mothers Leading the Fight Against Malnutrition

Lead Mother Aida with Milagre

Located in a region where poverty is widespread and rates of malnutrition are high, the Chingara district is one of seven in Mozambique where Helen Keller International is implementing our community-based effort to help mothers of young children gain vital knowledge about nutrition and optimal child care.

At the heart of this project are Lead Mothers, the community volunteers who support women in adopting methods for bolstering nutrition with locally available foods and safeguarding overall heath with better hygiene. These practices are simple, yet truly life-saving.

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