Impact Stories

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.

The Dr. CL Smith Foundation: Fostering the Holistic Development of Youth in South Africa

The South Africa–based Dr. CL Smith Foundation is dedicated to creating and driving positive social change in previously disadvantaged and excluded areas in South Africa through education, sport, and health. It was founded in 2013 to honor the legacy of Dr. Clifford Leon Smith. To support the holistic development of young people and foster their mental, physical, and emotional health, the foundation has five main areas of focus:

Norwegian Refugee Council: Delivering High-Quality Aid Where the Needs are Greatest

Contributed by Joel R. Charny, Executive Director, Norwegian Refugee Council USA

Eight years into the devastating conflict in Syria, close to 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian support. The conflict has left many areas in ruins, even neighborhoods within the capital, Damascus.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator: Paving the Path for Youth Employment in South Africa

South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. Two out of every three young people are unemployed; only 4 out of every 100 school leavers finish university; and more than 40 percent of this generation will never work in their lifetime. South Africa–based Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, however, is on a mission to reverse this trend.

WLAC: Improving Access to Justice Across Tanzania

After her father passed away, Bagamoyo agreed to marry a man she did not want to marry because her relatives told her she would have nowhere to stay if she did not. Bagamoyo started a farm with her husband and eventually opened a shop at home, but she was unable to bear children. After four miscarriages, Bagamoyo's husband brought a new wife home. He told Bagamoyo she could no longer stay with him, so she returned to her parents' home with nothing.

The Gaia Foundation: Reweaving the Diversity of Life and a Respectful Relationship with the Earth

Contributed by Fiona Wilton, Programme Coordinator, the Gaia Foundation

Like strands woven together into a basket, life on Earth is made possible through a dynamic interaction of relationships weaving together.  No one part can be understood by separating it from the whole, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Slow Food International: Champion for Good, Clean, and Fair Food

Food consumption and production have long been understood to be a key threat to the environment and climate. But the depth and impact of the unsustainable practices that are often involved are widely underreported and underestimated. For example, the modern food chain is a major producer of carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of food waste alone is estimated to be equivalent to 3.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide, making unconsumed food the third greatest CO2 emitter after the U.S. and China. Major changes in the current food system must take place, and this is no easy feat.