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.



Despite international commitment to end hunger once and for all, hundreds of millions of people still lack sufficient access to proper nutrition. The situation is particularly challenging in developing nations, where more than 13 percent of a countries’ total population go hungry.

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.

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: Turning a house into a home in Barranquilla, Colombia

Denis Alvarez

Ask Denis about how most people in her community access capital, and she’ll tell you about the local money lenders. The men who charge 20% interest a month and who aren’t afraid to physically hurt you if you are late on your payments. She’ll speak of them with a mixture of disdain and fear – and a heavy dose of gratitude that she has another option.

OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL: The Opportunity to Provide for His Family

Jastin Jonas Madeb

Winding up the spiraling ramps of the Ilala Market in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania you walk right into Jastin’s calendar and poster shop. A lifelong entrepreneur, Jastin began his career selling clothing along the side of the road, but his income was unstable. Clothing sales fluctuated dramatically season to season, so Jastin couldn’t predict what he would earn each month.

USA GIRL SCOUTS OVERSEAS: A Personal Story: Girl Scouting in Nigeria

Girl Scouts Creating Art in Abuja

Written by Diana, a USA Girl Scouts Overseas volunteer and troop leader

Bolu is a Cadette Girl Scout in Abuja, Nigeria. She has been very enthusiastic about Girl Scouts, but several months ago I saw her catch the vision of Girl Scouts. I watched as everything she has been learning in the past two years came together and she finally believed, finally understood and internalized the message that she is capable, that she can be heard, that her ideas are valuable, that she matters. From that moment, Bolu was transformed!

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: Regaining Courage, Control, and Confidence after Abuse


Samia* and Khaled* married 13 years ago. They were both 23. Samia remembers their first five years of marriage fondly. The couple lived together in Burj Al Barajneh Palestinian camp in Beirut’s southern suburbs and soon had three children, Tareq*, Hani*, and Sara*.

Then cracks in their relationship started to emerge.

Khaled rarely worked, which forced them to live off loans and money from Samia’s family. He also forbade Samia from working, even if the money she earned would have helped them make ends meet and pay off their debt.


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.