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.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: DRC: Fighting the Country’s Worst Cholera Epidemic

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently facing its worst cholera outbreak in more than 20 years: in 2017, 55,000 people fell ill across 24 of the country’s 26 provinces, and 1,190 people died. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is at the forefront of the medical humanitarian response, treating nearly half of all cases nationwide (about 25,300 people). MSF’s cholera response is focused primarily in the provinces of Kongo Central, Kwilu, Kasaï, Haut Lomami, Maniema, Tanganyika, South Kivu, North Kivu, Ituri, and Bas-Uélé.

FREE THE SLAVES: FTS HELPS UNCLE RESCUE NEPHEW FROM STREET BEGGING SLAVERY

Mamady & Nephew

He traveled 500 miles to see slavery for himself, unaware that he would find a member of his own family trapped in a street begging gang in Senegal.

Without hesitation, he rescued the boy, 12 and brought him home.

Mamady Diamanka serves as president of his village’s community child protection committee (CAPE).

These groups, established by Free the Slaves and our Senegalese partner organization ENDA Jeunesse Action, alert parents in rural areas to the risks of sending their children away to religious boarding schools in faraway cities.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees Face New Dangers

Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to cross the border into Bangladesh, fleeing targeted violence and persecution in Myanmar. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Kate Nolan describes the current situation and the challenges on the horizon.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS/ MéDECINS SANS FRONTIèRES USA: Jordan: Healing Patients Wounded by Conflicts

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff at the organization's reconstructive surgery hospital in Amman, Jordan, are helping to heal the bodies and minds of war-wounded patients from across the Middle East. A team of surgeons operates on victims of conflict whose often complex wounds were caused by bullets, bomb blasts, and explosions. In addition to providing orthopedic, maxillofacial, and plastic and burn surgery, the hospital offers physiotherapy and mental health counseling. Research and innovation are important elements of the program.

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR): Intervening for Child Refugees in Uganda

Intervening for Child Refugees in Uganda

Global Ministries partner, Medical Teams International, diagnosed baby Brenda with severe malnutrition and malaria and intervened to provide medicine and nutritional supplements.

By Tyler Graf and Bella DiFilippo*

Eight-month-old Brenda grasped at her mother Sabrina’s finger. It was covered with a tasty nutritious supplement called PlumpyNut. After weeks of worry, Sabrina smiled as her youngest child devoured the food. At just 20 years old, Sabrina already has three children, and they mean everything to her.

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER: STRONGER THAN ADVERSITY: AGAWOL'S STORY

Meet Agawol

When her first son was born, Agawol lived in Yargot, a village in the north of what is now South Sudan. There, life has always been hard: depending on a small plot of land to grow food, and coping with very little access to clean water, income opportunities, or health care services.In 2011, in an historic referendum, she cast her vote in favor of South Sudan’s independence from the Republic of Sudan, stamping her fingerprint next to the “yes” box on the ballot: "I thought that peace would be established and that hunger would be a fading memory,” says Agawol.

FREE THE SLAVES: FROM SLAVERY TO DRESSMAKING TRAINER IN THE CONGO

Benita teaching

My story is hard to tell,” says Benita Furaha, a trainer at a dressmaking training center in Rubaya, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Benita’s parents died when she was 13. Her older brother threatened to starve her or to send her out of the house if she couldn’t contribute to household expenses. One option was to find a husband. Instead, she went to work in the mines.

WORLD RELIEF: Meet Kalisa

Kalisa

Meet Kalisa, a woman from Rwanda who faced a hopeless future. Alone and under-resourced, Kalisa
struggled to support herself and her grandchildren. She was stuck, until someone from one of World Relief’s local
church partners in Kalisa’s village reached out to her. Kalisa began to attend the local church and learned spiritual,
relational, and financial principles that transformed every area of her life. Kalisa finally realized she was more capable
of change than she’d ever believed and now has the tools to make those changes possible.

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