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.

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.

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.”

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.

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Ensuring That Nasya is Included

Ensuring That Nasya is Included

When the bell rings long and loud at Gandaria Selatan 1 Elementary School, it’s a signal that the flag-raising ceremony is about to begin. Thirteen-year-old Nasya Ramadhany, dressed in her red and white uniform, eagerly joins her fellow students in gathering outside for the daily ritual.

AMERICAN NEAR EAST REFUGEE AID (ANERA): Gaza Sanitation Campaign Benefits Farms, Schools and Local H

Rosary School

In the 17 years his family has lived there, sanitation has been severely lacking, with an estimated 80 percent of the community unable to access a proper sewage system. For Shihab, health comes first—particularly the health of his family. “My heart ached seeing children roll up their pants just to walk in the streets. It’s unhealthy for them.”

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.

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.

USA GIRL SCOUTS OVERSEAS: A Global Sisterhood, USA Girl Scouts Overseas

It’s World Thinking Day, although we take great pride in this unique, worldwide movement every single day, today is extra special as we rally our global sisterhood and celebrate it on a whole other level. That’s right. Today is a day of global connection, action, and pride in all of the amazing things that Girl Scouts and Girl Guides do across the map. This year, it’s also a day to “Grow” as we encourage girls to explore, stretch, and take on new challenges while celebrating what it means to be part of this one-of-a-kind family.

AMERICAN NEAR EAST REFUGEE AID (ANERA): Fisherman’s Children Learn Father’s Trade

Elissar and Bilal

“Usually, a 100 foot fishnet can be sold for $86. Of that, $20 is our net profit, which we use to support our family. It’s also a really flexible job, so I can sew the nets at home.”

Elissar and Bilal are siblings from the village of Tal Hayat in the Akkar province of Lebanon. Elissar dropped out of school in eighth grade, and Bilal dropped out in ninth grade after their father died. As the eldest son, Bilal needed to work to support
the family.

OPERATION SMILE: Unconditional Love

Clara with her friends, after surgery

Fear overwhelmed Clara’s mother as she laid eyes on her baby for the first time.

Clara was born with a severe cleft lip and cleft palate. Her mother didn’t dare to breastfeed her. She even refused to acknowledge Clara as her own child.

In their tiny village in the highlands of Madagascar, their neighbors would quietly gossip about Clara and her condition. Every time Clara’s mother caught word of that talk – the result of the social stigma associated with cleft in that community – it deepened her sense of shame.

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