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.

PRISON FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL: To Prison and Back: A Prisoner's Journey

Ex-Prisoner Stephen James

When a group of ex-prisoners walked into Stephen James’s prison and began sharing their stories of change, healing, and forgiveness, Stephen didn’t think he’d ever be one of them.

“I went up to the guy who was running the ministry and said, ‘You don’t know how bad I’ve been.’ I started to list every bad thing I’d done in my life when he stopped me. He told me, ‘I don’t want to know about what you’ve done. We love you, and Christ loves you.’”

CARE: Story of one Senoara and a CARE Health Center

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I met one melancholic Senoara at the CARE-run health center in Balukhali makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She’s 6-month pregnant with her first child. But her face strikingly lacked any sign of happiness. She looked quite stiff and somber. I really wanted to know what happened to her. So I asked.

WORLD RELIEF: Meet Ancila

Ancila

After living in a refugee camp in Tanzania, Ancila Munganyinka was met at O’Hare airport in Chicago with a warm welcome from a World Relief volunteer, who prepared and served a traditional Burundian meal for Ancila and her husband later that evening.

UNITED SEAMEN'S SERVICE: American Merchant Marine Library Services - A USS Affiliate

AMMLA Staff Deliver Books To The MV Ocean Crescent

USS-AMMLA LIBRARY SERVICES

Since 1921, the American Merchant Marine Library Association (AMMLA), a United Seamen's Service (USS) affiliate has supplied “seagoing libraries” to American Merchant Marines, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and to seafarers of allied nations. As a non-profit, non-sectarian library service, AMMLA’S primary objective is to meet the educational, recreational and self-help needs of seafarers by offering a library service on a wide array of subjects.

PLANET AID: Almirante's Lunch

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Almirante never ate lunch during the school day. The small and shy first-grader spent long hours in the classroom with an empty stomach. The curly letters and meandering numbers on the blackboard were strange and bewildering to him.

Like most children in rural Mozambique, Almirante comes from a poor family. Meals at home rarely comprised more than one dish of xima, a traditional maize flour porridge, per day. Only on special occasions would the xima be served with a cassava leaf or cabbage stew.

ENGENDERHEALTH: Reaching More Women and Girls

Peer educator at community outreach event

To Winnie Namatovu, 26, a nursing assistant and peer educator from Kyantale Village in Uganda, topics such as generating income, managing money, and using contraception are all connected. She has a deep and personal understanding of the linkage between delaying unwanted pregnancy and the ability to earn a living. Her younger sister became a mother at age 13 and later had another unintended pregnancy. As a mother of two children herself, Winnie also knows how important the spacing and timing of pregnancies are to one’s future.

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. 

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:

PRISON FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL: A Precious Reunion

Precious from Zimbabwe

Ten-year-old Precious reunited with her father earlier this year after an eight-year separation. Until now, Zimbabwean law did not permit children under 18 to visit anyone in prison—even their incarcerated parent.

But through the tireless work of Prison Fellowship Zimbabwe, the law was reversed for Precious and four other families of prisoners in our child sponsorship program.

REFUGEES INTERNATIONAL: Rohingya Receive More Aid

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

In 2017, approximately 600,000 ethnic minority Rohingya streamed into Bangladesh, seeking refuge from abuses in Myanmar. The influx of refugees and the harrowing stories they carried brought needed international attention to the abuses taking place in Myanmar. But less focus had been given to the humanitarian crisis and inadequate support the situation exposed not only for new arrivals, but also for the 33,000 Rohingya officially recognized as refugees and as many as 500,000 undocumented Rohingya already living in Bangladesh.

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