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.

OPERATION SMILE: In His Mother's Arms

Leudy and Marisol, after surgery

Immediately after Leudy was born, he was taken away before his mother, Marisol, could see him or hold him. Leudy was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, and the doctor wanted to explain Leudy’s condition to Marisol before she met her child. But she had no idea why the doctor wouldn’t let her see her baby. Instead, feelings of fear and uncertainty raced through Marisol’s mind in those immediate moments after giving birth. What could be wrong?

OPERATION SMILE: Overcoming Her Obstacles

Nazifa, before surgery

At 4 years old, Nazifa hadn’t spent much time outside of the clay and straw hut where she lived. Her family shared the house with their livestock — a cow and some sheep — and they had no electricity or running water. The stamped clay floor was cold and dusty. A fire on a stone stove on the floor lit up the hut as her mother roasted corn in a pan.

Here, Nazifa spent her time while her siblings and the other children were out playing in the village on a hill in southwestern Ethiopia.

HEALTH VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS: Empowering Providers & Patients: Wheelchair Service Training

In May 2016, Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) volunteer Linda Wolff, MPT traveled to Bhutan to work with five trainers from the United States, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom and Bhutan to deliver the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Provision Training program, which was created to empower health workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively provide services to wheelchair users.

HEALTH VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS: Improving Patient Care Through Partnership

Anesthesia care is an essential component of safe surgery. When Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) and the Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) first formed a partnership more than 10 years ago, their shared goal was to improve the quality and availability of anesthesia care at AHC through education and mentorship of the hospital’s anesthesia care team.

CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL : A fisherman’s daughter finds her way to independence

Leizel, a graduate of CI’s Into Employment program

Leizel, the daughter of a fisherman, grew up in a fairly remote, rural community in Bicol, Philippines. She had numerous strikes against her from the very beginning.

Depending on the weather, for instance (which can be incredibly volatile in the island nation), it took her between 30 and 60 minutes to walk to school. She attended as much as she could, even when her parents had no money for lunch.

“I had so much passion to finish my studies, because this is what my parents wanted us to do,” says Leizel, referring to herself and her two older brothers.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT: A New Creation Rises In The Philippines

Homeowners in Sabang-Bao, Philippines

In this blog, read about the new Sabang-Bao housing development in the Philippines, almost three years in the making, that is now home to 80 families who have worked, saved and paid for their new community. Past homes were temporary structures that were at the mercy of typhoons, easily destroyed. This is the situation that potentially would have passed along to their children and their children’s children. But now, there is hope for a more secure future.

EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT: Working Together In Response To This Year’s El Nino

Farmer Working in Dry Field, Nicaragua

El Nino episodes occur every 3-5 years, and result in changes in rainfall patterns globally, leading to the potential of either drought, or heavy rains and flooding – both of which can hugely disrupt the seasons of the small family farmers we work with.

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Daddy, Rwanda

Daddy’s father has been in prison for six years, and he has 13 more years to serve. Daddy’s mother, Mama Daddy (as she prefers to be called), depended on her husband to survive.

When he was sent to prison, Daddy’s world collapsed and the family suddenly faced poverty and hopelessness.
Often, Daddy and his siblings went to sleep at night with empty stomachs. With the difficulties and expense of providing for six children, Mama Daddy started weighing options of some of her children dropping out of school.


Cheav's family

Cheav, 68, is the father of ten children, six of whom still live at home. Since his wife is in prison, he is must act as both their father and mother.

They live in a poor, rural village an hour outside Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Their home is made of thatch and leaves, which protects them very little from the wind and rain.

PINK RIBBON RED RIBBON: How $25 Can Save a Life

Women in Zambian Clinic for Screening

“My name is Lydia Mwelwa and I live in Zambia. I heard about the cervical cancer screening activity through an announcement in my village. I really was not interested in undergoing screening but I was encouraged when a group of ladies came to my home and told me they were part of the team that had come to do cervical cancer screenings. They started teaching me and my neighbors about the importance of undergoing cervical screening and some of the signs and symptoms that I should look out for.