Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.
In mid-2011, a violent crackdown on anti-government protestors exploded into a large-scale conflict in Syria, forcing millions to flee. As Syria’s largest neighbor, Turkey opened its 511-mile border to over 500,000 Syrians seeking refuge from violence at home.
Maintaining an open border policy with its southern neighbor, Turkey provides housing and relief services to hundreds of thousands of refugees living in 21 camps across 10 provinces as well as in urban areas.
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) of Pakistan have been plagued by complex cycles of violence and military activities since 2008. The initial insecurity led to the mass displacement of more than 3 million, and while many have since returned to their homes, 1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) still remain separated from their homeland.
This displacement has caused severe disruption to the food security of these individuals and significant losses of productive assets.
Karimou Karidjo, a 29-year-old farmer from the Tillabéri region of Niger, has had difficulty supporting his wife and four children due to poor harvests.
“I have to find food for my children. To do so, I collect and sell wood, but even then it is difficult to put food on the table,” he says.
Katouma, 48 months, is amongst the cleanest, happiest and most active children of the many gathered with their mothers in Tion, the Ségou region of Mali. The mothers discuss a newly introduced approach to nutrition and the benefits it has brought to their households.
“Before the [program], Katouma was always sick and crying and didn’t have energy,” said Katouma's mother, Kadija Konta. “Now look at her!”
Recognizing that corruption in the judiciary branch nullifies rule of law efforts in the entire country, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan adopted an anti-corruption plan in December 2013 to address the problem.
Under the Kyrgyzstan Judicial Strengthening Program, a joint project between USAID and the International Development Law Organization, recommendations were put forward on how to tackle corruption in the Kyrgyz court system, including when to implement the measures.
Since the end of Côte d’Ivoire’s post-electoral crisis in 2010, USAID has aimed to promote more effective engagement between citizens and government. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office in Abobo, USAID, through its Office of Transition Initiatives, helped organize an open house in November 2013 to help women affected by the crisis obtain financial loans for small businesses.
Ukraine is among the countries that attracts refugees from all over the world. While the immigrants come with diverse backgrounds and experiences, they still encounter myriad challenges as they adjust to their new lives. Today, many libraries in Ukraine provide critical support to individuals in these diverse ethnic communities with resources that help them adapt to the new environment.
Increased access to quality family planning services and increased awareness of modern methods of contraception are among the main priorities of Kazakhstan's health-care system in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Kazakh Ministry of Health established regional educational centers in 2009, modeled after existing perinatal centers, to provide support and train a team of trainers to help local health-care workers increase their knowledge and skills in accordance with international recommendations and evidence-based medicine.
In Ethiopia, it is common for children to go to sleep hungry. Food insecurity is high among rural areas, and over 20 percent of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Agrei Admasu is a 32-year-old mother of three from the Amhara region who struggled to feed her children. “I did not know anything about exclusive breastfeeding or balanced, nutritious food preparation. I used to feed my babies anything that was available at home. However, they frequently suffered from diarrhea and vomiting,” she said.
Last updated: March 11, 2014