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.

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: 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).

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.

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: 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.


Howa Juma sharing her story with Action Against Hunger

A grandmother and refugee from South Sudan becomes a champion for resilience: Howa Juma's story is marked with pain, but defined by resilience. This summer she arrived at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe, Uganda, having crossed the border from her home in conflict-ridden South Sudan. She carried her twin grandchildren with her—just two weeks old at the time. The babies, Atoma and Anae Howa, were significantly underweight and suffered from diarrhea. Their mother died in childbirth in rural South Sudan, far from access to basic health services.


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.


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.