Transforming Lives

Surveyors for the Solomon Islands’ Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources interview vendors at a fish market in the capital

Technology is catching on in the Solomon Islands’ fishing industry. Just ask the women and men who each day take stock of fish arriving by canoes and boats at local markets. They will tell you that tracking the size of the catch, species and price for this Pacific island nation’s fish is now much easier with mobile phones.

The lead singer of Thailand’s most popular band, BodySlam, poses for pictures with fans in Udon Thani, Thailand.

Music moves people and messages in today’s world, and through the USAID-sponsored MTV EXIT campaign, top artists around Asia have taken center stage to energize youth to work to end human trafficking.

USAID trainees make traditional clothing in Ge-ermu City, Qinghai Province, China.

A single mother of four, Tsomo*, 43, was unemployed and having difficulties making ends meet. She had to rely on relatives for support and juggled occasional odd jobs in her hometown of Ge’ermu City in Qinghai province. Despite China’s rapid growth and developing middle class, Tsomo could not secure steady work and needed to find a way to take care of her family.

Apirudee On-bao is Director of the Office of Health and Social Development in Khon Kaen Province.

With support from USAID Sapan, OHSD and six other women-led non-governmental organizations formed a coalition to train and prepare plans for their respective provinces to apply for WDF funding. The funds are open to all women, rich or poor, urban or rural. Returning to Khon Kaen, OHSD collaborated with other development groups to learn how local women could start applying for the grants. Some women were skeptical that the young activists could help since they believed only well-connected individuals could access the new funds. But four communities that received OHSD training and assistance submitted applications and two received WDF funding.

Wannakanok Poh-itaeda-oh, Founder and President, Luukrieng

Thailand’s youth face a variety of challenges—crime, safety, difficulty completing their education, and support for those orphaned by insurgency-related violence. But efforts are underway to address the issues that significantly impact their lives.

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Last updated: December 18, 2014

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