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.

One by one, the learners come to sit near the podium. They are escorted by their teacher, not because they cannot walk on their own, but because these students are blind. Upon arriving at the table, the learners are given a piece of paper. A look at the piece of paper shows no text for the learner to read. There is not a single letter, no sentence, no paragraph. However, a closer look at the paper shows something else—colorless, raised dots, or braille.

Not long ago, Ramil*, now 19, was one of nearly 11,000 children who grow up in orphanages and boarding schools in the Kyrgyz Republic. Many are required to leave at the age of 15 to 17 because of official regulations. Having to adjust to a new life with limited support, some end up on the streets—a life Ramil knew all too well.

Июль 2014-  Взращивание  предпринимательства крайне важно для экономического роста Кыргызстана, особенно среди молодых людей, которые обладают творческим подходом и необходимой энергией; при этом им не хватает необходимых знаний, чтобы разрабатывать и претворять в жизнь  бизнес-идеи.

Семнадцатилетний Бекжан Жапиев воспользовался шансом пройти обучение основным навыкам, требуемым для запуска предприятия через инициативу «Бизнес-компасс», поддерживаемый со стороны USAID в его школе в марте 2013 года в Жалал-Абаде, городе с населением  89 000 чел. на юго-западе страны.

Several community members from the town of Zhaludok, located in the Grodno region of Belarus, learned about energy conservation during a USAID-sponsored study tour to Ukraine in March 2012. Equipped with new knowledge on monitoring energy efficiency and reducing energy use, they moved quickly to initiate an energy audit of the Zhaludok day care center and develop recommendations to improve its energy usage.

Aug. 2014—The villages tucked into the hills outside the town of Malishevë/o in central Kosovo are like many in the landlocked country—difficult to access by road—but many who live there prefer the quiet agrarian life to the faster pace of the country’s bigger cities.

However, like many others, the villages of Bubël, Qupeva and Domanek struggled to find a reliable source of drinking water, with residents traveling two kilometers to stand in line for the nearest regulated water source. Only 61 percent of Kosovo’s citizens have regular access to potable water.

August 2014—Shedding the social stigma of being a victim of human trafficking and healing from the trauma of the experience are processes that require significant public support.

USAID, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration in Turkmenistan and other NGOs, supports the organization Yenme to reintegrate victims of human trafficking (VOTs) into society. Now in its fourth year of operation, Yenme is the country’s leading organization in providing rehabilitation assistance to VOTs.

Июль 2014 – Как другая молодежь в ее селе в 16 лет  Адина Базарбаева предполагала, что после окончания школы в конце концов  уедет в Россию в поисках работы. «Я не думала, что могу внести хоть какой-то вклад в общество, -  вспоминает она.  «Я не стремилась к собственному развитию, постановке целей и достижению успеха. Моя жизнь была скучной».

On the edge of the Zomba plateau in southern Malawi, just as the land begins to slope up into an imposing peak, is a pretty patch of land covered with indigenous forests. Past the grass and into the trees there are signs of a careful intervention: a small irrigation canal and a meticulously kept stone wall. A few hundred bees are buzzing.

July 2014—In December 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 civilians and abducted more than 250, including 80 children, in a massacre in Makambo, an isolated village deep in the forested area of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was one of the worst massacres in the LRA’s 23-year history. However, news of the event took three weeks to reach the outside world.

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Last updated: August 19, 2014