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: 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).

OPERATION SMILE: Care for Brighter Futures: Luciana's Story

Luciana with her mother, before surgery

Nury sits on a sofa in their home in Bogotá, Colombia, trying to recall the moment that her first-born child, Luciana, entered the world.

“She was born on a Friday morning, and the nurse immediately placed her high up on my chest so I couldn’t see her face,” she said.

She knew about Luciana’s cleft lip and cleft palate from an ultrasound she received seven months into her pregnancy, but she refused to acknowledge her daughter’s condition.

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.”

OPERATION SMILE: Unconditional Love

Clara with her friends, after surgery

Fear overwhelmed Clara’s mother as she laid eyes on her baby for the first time.

Clara was born with a severe cleft lip and cleft palate. Her mother didn’t dare to breastfeed her. She even refused to acknowledge Clara as her own child.

In their tiny village in the highlands of Madagascar, their neighbors would quietly gossip about Clara and her condition. Every time Clara’s mother caught word of that talk – the result of the social stigma associated with cleft in that community – it deepened her sense of shame.

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.

USA GIRL SCOUTS OVERSEAS: A Global Sisterhood, USA Girl Scouts Overseas

It’s World Thinking Day, although we take great pride in this unique, worldwide movement every single day, today is extra special as we rally our global sisterhood and celebrate it on a whole other level. That’s right. Today is a day of global connection, action, and pride in all of the amazing things that Girl Scouts and Girl Guides do across the map. This year, it’s also a day to “Grow” as we encourage girls to explore, stretch, and take on new challenges while celebrating what it means to be part of this one-of-a-kind family.

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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