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.

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR): Advacy for our neighbors

Advocacy for our neighbors

By Bella DiFilippo*

In September 2017, the Trump administration announced it would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In response, The United Methodist Church is focusing on advocacy and increasing support for National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON).

The JFON network grew out of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) long commitment to refugees and immigrants. Since UMCOR’s founding in 1940, refugee ministry has been at the heart of its work, guided by Christian values of hospitality to the stranger.

WORLD RELIEF: Meet Kalisa

Kalisa

Meet Kalisa, a woman from Rwanda who faced a hopeless future. Alone and under-resourced, Kalisa
struggled to support herself and her grandchildren. She was stuck, until someone from one of World Relief’s local
church partners in Kalisa’s village reached out to her. Kalisa began to attend the local church and learned spiritual,
relational, and financial principles that transformed every area of her life. Kalisa finally realized she was more capable
of change than she’d ever believed and now has the tools to make those changes possible.

THE ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ACTION (ALIMA): 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:

UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR): Relief for the weary in Syria

Relief for the weary in Syria

The ongoing civil war in Syria has internally displaced more than 6 million civilians. Through support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), families struggling with unstable security situations and exhausted by harsh living conditions are finding some relief.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Baraka's Story

Baraka

When Baraka was little his father passed away, leaving his mother the sole provider for their family. It was difficult for Baraka's mother to find work, but she eventually took a job crushing rocks so she could feed her children.

When she heard of Convoy of Hope's Women's Empowerment Initiative, she enrolled and received training that empowered her to start a chicken business. With her newfound success, Baraka's mother and her family thrived!

THE ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ACTION (ALIMA): Surviving Ebola: Amadou's story

Surviving Ebola: Amadou's story

Amadou Camara is one of more than 1,100 Ebola survivors in Guinea. The 55-year-old father of six lives in the village of Koropara, some 90 kilometers from N’Zerekore, in Guinea’s southeastern forest region, where the first Ebola case was recorded in December 2013. Between March 23, 2014, when Guinea’s Ministry of Health declared the outbreak, and April 21, 2016, when the last survivor was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) in N'Zerekore, more than 3,811 people in Guinea were affected and 2,543 died.

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: This Woman Has Raised More than 100 Children

SOS Mother

Nearly 50 years ago, Graciela was asked to do something that would change her life.

Two dozen children needed a new home because they lost the care of their biological families, Graciela was told in 1969. The directive continued: you will have to build a home for these vulnerable children, cook for them, make sure they excel in school, love them, and above all, become their mother.

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: Left for Dead: Baby David’s Incredible Story

Baby David

Baby David, as he’s affectionately called, recently celebrated his second birthday. But if it weren’t for the kindness of a passerby, David would have died before his first.

Shortly after he was born in March 2015, David was abandoned in a public toilet in the city of Yamoussoukro, the capital of the West African nation Ivory Coast. By the time a passerby found David, he was covered with worms and feces. He was rescued by the local fire department and brought to a hospital, where it took him a week to recover.

SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: This Family in Zambia Pulled Itself Out of Poverty

Mary working at her own restaurant.

“Our living conditions were very pathetic. My mother had no money to pay for rent, so we lived in a small tent – me, my mother and my four siblings.”

Martin, 24, still remembers how difficult life was before he and his family joined the SOS Family-Strengthening Program in Lusaka, Zambia.

Mary, his mother, had lost her husband some years ago. With five children to take care of on her own—and no job—life became very daunting. She was only able to provide her children with one meal a day.

UNICEF USA: Aida's Story

Aida Mesquita does her homework in her room

When she was just five years old, Aida Mesquita followed her older siblings to their local school and started the first grade. “It was really noisy,” she remembers, “there were two grades in a single classroom and it was crowded, so it was hard to concentrate.” The teacher stood in front of the rows of desks and talked. “If we didn’t pay attention, the teachers would beat us. It made me scared to be at school.”

At the end of the year, Aida dropped out. Like more than 70 per cent of students in Timor-Leste who complete grade one, she could not read a single word.

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