Impact Stories

Privacy International: Protecting Privacy for Human Dignity

Since 1990, Privacy International has fought to protect the right to privacy around the globe. The UK-based NGO is committed to challenging governments and companies that access individuals', groups', and whole societies' data without consent. Privacy International firmly believes that privacy is necessary to protect autonomy and human dignity. All people everywhere need it, regardless of citizenship, race and ethnicity, economic status, gender, age, or education.

NUWODU: A Unified Voice for Women and Girls with Disabilities in Uganda

According to Uganda's 2014 Population and Housing Census, 7 out of every 50 people aged 5 or above have one or more disabilities.[1] Women in Uganda also tend to have a higher prevalence of disability than men. In 1999, a group of women and youth with disabilities came together at a national conference in Kampala, Uganda, after observing rights violations of women and girls with disabilities.

Fern: Delivering Long-Lasting Solutions to Protect and Restore Forests

Eighty percent of the world's plants and animals and 20 percent of its people call forests home. Not only do forests protect our air and water supplies, but they also lessen the destructive power of hurricanes, floods, and droughts. Despite all of the amazing qualities of forests, their existence is continually threatened. 2017 was the second-worst year on record for tropical deforestation. The rate of deforestation amounted to the equivalent of one soccer field lost per second.

SAMADHAN: Removing Barriers for Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Children with intellectual disabilities are particularly hard-hit by poverty and all of the barriers that come with it: lack of access to education, employment, nutrition, and overall health. Persistent exposure to "toxic" stress, including extreme poverty, can damage the developing brain and result in lifelong difficulties with learning, behavior, and physical and mental health. Even if services for these children are available in a given community, families that live below the poverty line are unable to afford accessible education and therapy services. 

School-to-School Guinea: A Holistic Approach to Improving Education

In general, Guinean communities recognize the importance of school and its capacity to open up doors through community development and to provide children with invaluable knowledge and training. Despite this recognition, however, primary school enrollment and completion rates in the country continue to be low. Among the contributing factors are insufficient resources, household responsibilities, lack of teachers, and community perceptions. 

Children First Foundation: Providing Life-Changing Surgery and Community-Based Care for Children in Need

Twins Nima and Dawa Pelden were born joined at the abdomen and sharing a liver. The twins lived the first 15 months of their lives facing one another. The young children, from Bhutan, were unable to sit down and could only stand up if they did so together at the same time. Thanks to the Children First Foundation (CFF), the girls and their mother were flown to Australia, where they received life-saving separation surgery, treatment, and ongoing care.

Africa's Voices Foundation: Putting Citizens' Voices at the Heart of Effective Development and Governance

Africa's Voices Foundation (AVF) is a nonprofit organization that puts citizens' voices at the heart of effective development and governance. Development, humanitarian, and governance actors come to the U.K.- and Kenya-based organization in search of innovative mean of engaging citizens and impactful and applied insights. These insights help to inform, adapt, monitor, and evaluate programs based on the needs of the citizens they serve.