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.

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: 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.

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.”

USA GIRL SCOUTS OVERSEAS: USAGSO's National Young Woman of Distinction Honoree

Hanna and Children at READ Center in Bhutan

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities-and beyond. One such Gold Award Scout was Hanna Chuang. Hanna was able to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, while living in Singapore, due to her involvement with USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO).

USA GIRL SCOUTS OVERSEAS: Three Girl Scouts + Three Days in the Equality Lounge, Davos

Girl Scouts at the World Economic Forum

The Female Quotient is committed to advancing gender equality in the workplace. Known for their fabulous and inspiring “lounges” where women (and girls!) “connect, collaborate, and activate change together,” the Female Quotient recently hosted what they call an Equality Lounge during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The gathering featured nearly 100 thought leaders and influencers discussing how to take equality from an ideal to a reality. Of course, Girl Scouts had to be there.

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): 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.

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