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.

PLANET AID: Stepping Up for Children

Neeraj

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. 

WORLD RELIEF: Rose

Rose

“Before WR came to our community, my family was struggling. I have five children and one adopted orphan and life was very hard. I was lonely and isolated from community. I tried to farm but nothing grew. My production was so low there was hardly anything to eat. We used to fight over just 1 kilo of beans. So I had to spend all my money at the market.

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.

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.

KICKSTART INTERNATIONAL: From Poverty to Prosperity: Fabian and Nyina's Story

Fabian & Nyina's story

Meet Fabian and Nyina, a couple in rural Kenya who built such a successful farming business that they are able to support their family and members of their community, despite having limited experience and resources.
This is their incredible story of how they purchased a KickStart irrigation pump, became prosperous members of their community, and paid it forward:

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN (ICRW): Facing the Complicated Truth About FGM

[Blog in Ms. Magazine]

Worldwide, there are 200 million women and girls alive today who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and an additional 2 million who are at risk. Right now, 6,000 girls are cut every day. According to the UN, without concerted and accelerated action, 54 million more girls will be cut by 2030.

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.

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION: How Suprita saved Ranjana

They're also graduates of SGT

As many as 20,000 girls from the poorest parts of rural Nepal are trafficked and sold into brothels, domestic labor, or forced into child marriage every year. Ranjana, who came from a poor home and lived with an abusive father, was a perfect target for traffickers—until her STOP Girl Trafficking teacher Suprita, who is also a graduate of the program, stepped in. From Suprita:

“There are instances where the school going girls from rural areas are shown false dreams of good life and are taken away from their families to work or for other alluring reasons.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.: In the Kitchen with Leila

Meet Leila Murjan, an asset to our Project CHOP team and a superstar in the kitchen.

Murjan came aboard Project CHOP after relocating to San Diego from Syria. She became a chef in Beruit, Lebanon, and to her working with Project CHOP is a dream come true.

“I was a housewife [in Syria] and wasn’t able to work because my husband did,” said Murjan. “I enjoy being able to work and make money in the kitchen doing what I love.”

OXFAM AMERICA: From modest savings, an entrepreneurial spirit

Dienabou Ba at a construction site in Senegal

In Senegal, a woman joins a savings group, starts her own business, and becomes a leader.

Dienabou Ba is at a construction site on the outskirts of her village in southeastern Senegal. At this point you can discern the interior walls, count the rooms, and see where the front door will be. When it’s finished, she and her friends will use this 540-square-foot building in their village of Dioulacolon to run business training classes and other activities for women.

“Who knew,” Ba asks, “that all this could come from 200 francs a week?”

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