Transforming Lives

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.

At a school in rural Tanzania, a child watches volunteers unravel a mosquito bed net. Doctors and health care workers from various organizations have arrived at the school for the annual School Net Program, not only to distribute insecticide treated bed nets, but also to educate students about malaria. By the time students bring their bed nets home, other local village volunteers will have briefed parents on how to properly install and use a bed net, ensuring that every child is protected from malaria.

In Niger, it is common for girls to get married as young as 14 years old and miss out on the opportunity to attend school and learn essential life skills. They grow up lacking knowledge of proper health, nutrition and pregnancy practices, leading to high rates of chronic malnutrition and related pregnancy complications affecting them and their future offspring.

How do you help a struggling Serbian community confront high youth unemployment and social marginalization? By empowering the next generation to identify problems and advocate for change.

In Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of health consultations, and is responsible for 31 percent of hospitalizations and 14.2 percent of deaths. All people, particularly children under 5 and pregnant women, are at risk.

Një lule e çmuar në industrinë e produkteve për kujdesin ndaj lëkurës femërore është njëkohësisht edhe faktor kyq i stabilitetit financiar afatgjatë për një grup shumetnik të grave të cilat rishtazi kanë filluar t’a kultivojnë atë në Kosovë. 

Cvet cenjen od strane industrije za negu ženske kože je takođe ključ dugororočne finansijske stabilnosti za multietničku grupu žena koja je nedavno počela da ga uzgaja na Kosovu.

Крістіна Брзак – шістнадцятирічна дівчина, яка навчається у Київській середній школі №221. У дитинстві вона мріяла вступити до Академії мистецтв та стати митцем. Але після того, як у минулому році вона прослухала розроблений USAID курс «Фінансова грамотність», її мрії змінилися. Тепер вона хоче вивчати фінанси.

Oct. 2014—Women represent 55 percent of the total population in Sierra Leone’s Yamba Taneneh community. Mostly poor, they depend on small-scale farming, planting crops on tiny areas of land and raising mixed livestock to make a living.

The traditional slash-and-burn agricultural practice in the area results in negligible yields and significant losses. Poverty is a major cause of biodiversity loss and climate change in this part of Sierra Leone.

In recent years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Colombia has successfully advocated the government for the recognition of many basic rights. With impressive progress being made on achieving human rights, USAID—through its LGBT Global Development Partnership—is now partnering on a new effort to address the economic discrimination historically faced by Colombia’s LGBT community.


Last updated: October 29, 2014