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.

HELEN KELLER INTERNATIONAL: Mothers Leading the Fight Against Malnutrition

Lead Mother Aida with Milagre

Located in a region where poverty is widespread and rates of malnutrition are high, the Chingara district is one of seven in Mozambique where Helen Keller International is implementing our community-based effort to help mothers of young children gain vital knowledge about nutrition and optimal child care.

At the heart of this project are Lead Mothers, the community volunteers who support women in adopting methods for bolstering nutrition with locally available foods and safeguarding overall heath with better hygiene. These practices are simple, yet truly life-saving.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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