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.

HEALTH VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS: EXPANDING HORIZONS FOR DERMATOLOGY PROFESSIONALS IN VIETNAM

Dr. Nam and Dermatology staff with HVO Volunteer

There is a rising prevalence of chronic and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) throughout the world, which includes a rising prevalence of skin and subcutaneous diseases. Without proper care, these diseases can lead to disability and even death.

BRAC: 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.

UNICEF USA: Mothers and Community Leaders Tackle Malnutrition in Mali

Bassan Koita leads a nutrition support group

In 2014, the district of Yorosso in southern Mali was approaching a crisis of malnutrition. Nearly 1 out of 3 children were chronically malnourished, and just under 1 per cent suffered from severe acute malnutrition – a condition which can be life-threatening to children.

Part of the problem was that many new mothers did not have the resources and education they needed about breastfeeding and proper nutrition for their children. What they needed was information.

ALIMA USA: Working for ALIMA: Modou, the Health Promotor

Modou, ALIMA Health Promotor in Cameroon

In northern Cameroon, families have been fleeing violent conflict between the military forces and the Islamist group Boko Haram. Many children suffering from malnutrition are admitted daily into the nutritional department of the Mokolo district hospital supported by ALIMA. Since May 2016, almost 4,500 malnourished children have been treated free of charge by the ALIMA. At the ALIMA supported hospital in Mokolo, families and medical staff share how the conflict has affected their lives.

Modou, Health Promotor working for ALIMA:

SEED PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL: Expertise from the Diaspora: GrowEastAfrica & SPI, Ethiopia

When SPI enters into a partnership, our partner’s goals become our goals. They know best what is needed for their success. We rely on their expertise to facilitate a relationship between us and their communities, and to ensure that the decision-making for our programs is directed from within those communities. GrowEastAfrica (a project of Diaspora Burji Community Organization), is an Ethiopian diaspora-led group based in the US who has been working to provide access to resources and training that strengthen the resilience of families in Southern Ethiopia.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN (ICRW): Facing the Complicated Truth About FGM

[Blog in Ms. Magazine]

Worldwide, there are 200 million women and girls alive today who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and an additional 2 million who are at risk. Right now, 6,000 girls are cut every day. According to the UN, without concerted and accelerated action, 54 million more girls will be cut by 2030.

KICKSTART INTERNATIONAL: Happiness Sungura

Happiness Sungura

Before September of last year (2016), Happiness Sungura was irrigating a small plot with a bucket. She was scarcely harvesting and earning little. This kind of farming was her only source of income, hence she couldn’t meet even half of her family needs.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN (ICRW): Child marriage to cost developing countries billions by 2030

[Article in Devex highlighting ICRW's work by Sophie Edwards]

Ending child marriage could add billions of dollars to developing countries’ economies by slowing population growth, improving education and health outcomes for young girls and their children, reducing government budgets, and boosting women’s earning potential, according to new research.

Early marriage is linked to a range of negative social, health and education impacts for the girls themselves, and many of these are passed to their children, making it an intergenerational problem.

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION: How Suprita saved Ranjana

Friday teachers are more than just teachers and tutors

As many as 20,000 girls from the poorest parts of rural Nepal are trafficked and sold into brothels, domestic labor, or forced into child marriage every year. Ranjana, who came from a poor home and lived with an abusive father, was a perfect target for traffickers—until her STOP Girl Trafficking teacher Suprita, who is also a graduate of the program, stepped in. From Suprita:

“There are instances where the school going girls from rural areas are shown false dreams of good life and are taken away from their families to work or for other alluring reasons.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.: Pursuing an Education: Silva's Story

Silva excitedly signs the alphabet and various animals in a language she did not speak a few weeks earlier. At an after school meeting, she’s eager to demonstrate her progress in learning American Sign Language (ASL). With the help of the IRC, Silva found a new school where she can thrive. However, it has been a long journey to get there.

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