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.

Transferring political energy into voter participation is a challenge for post-revolution Tunisia. Future elections are an opportunity for a new generation of Tunisians to make their voices heard, but only if they cast their votes.

Young Tunisians were instrumental in the events of the revolution and first election in October 2011. It is paramount that they remain active voting citizens to shape their country’s post-revolutionary future.  

Manweri*, 46, works at a mine in Kabarore Township, Burundi, where he leads a team of 1,500 miners who dig for coltan, a metallic ore used in electronic products. Manweri has a wife and six children between the ages of 1 and 19. He had never received any type of training or education on sexual and reproductive health until January 2013, when he and 24 other male miners participated in a Men As Partners (MAP) workshop conducted by the RESPOND Project.

Local organization Al Hadatha Association is working to promote social cohesion in northern Lebanon through the creation of mixed Lebanese and Syrian community committees. These committees came together at the Naseej Conference on Oct. 30, 2013, along with donors and international organizations, to discuss local needs and potential solutions.

The Saint Georges Intermediary School in Zahle in central Beqaa has enrolled 90 Syrian students since the start of the Syrian crisis. The school provided education for these students, either for free or at a reduced rate, during the 2012-2013 academic year. However, the school could not afford to do so in 2013-2014.

To provide fair, transparent and equal access to higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic, the independent Center for Educational Assessment and Teaching Methods developed the National Scholarship Test (NST) in 2002, the results of which solely determine a student’s admission to university. However, widespread reports of corruption during the admissions period suggest that students and parents are allegedly required to "buy" entry into state institutions of higher education.

Improving milk collection and processing systems is vital to further developing Ukraine’s agricultural sector. Eighty percent of milk in Ukraine is produced by small-scale producers who, in most cases, do not coordinate their efforts, which impacts the quantity and quality of milk production.

Yulia Khvatik is a leader in developing legal clinics in Belarus, which allow law students to develop practical skills under the mentorship of professional lawyers and professors while also providing pro bono legal services to socially disadvantaged citizens. Much of what she has accomplished results from a USAID study tour to the United States, where she observed the functioning of legal clinics.

В настоящее время Юлия Хватик возглавляет движение, целью которого является создание в Беларуси сети юридических клиник. Подобные клиники дают возможность студентам, изучающим право,  развивать практические навыки под руководством профессиональных юристов и одновременно на безвозмездной основе оказывать незащищенным группам населения юридическую поддержку. Многое из того, чего достигла Юлия, является результатом ее участия в стажировке в США, организованной Агентством США по международному развитию (USAID).

Vladyslav* first tested positive for HIV in late 2012. At the time of his diagnosis, his immune system was already extremely compromised, which placed him at risk for numerous opportunistic infections. Of particular concern to Vladyslav was the fact that his wife was infected with tuberculosis (TB).

When Vladyslav developed a cough that persisted for more than three weeks, he visited his infectious disease specialist, who discovered that Vladyslav had also been suffering from a low-grade fever. Recognizing these symptoms, Vladyslav’s doctor suspected TB.

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Last updated: January 08, 2014