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.

Although NGOs in Kazakhstan have done much to address injustices against persons living with HIV, high levels of social stigma and institutional discrimination persist. 

Вместе с экономическим развитием в Казахстане так же  развивается и гражданское общество, в частности организации, деятельность которых направлена на улучшение жизни людей, живущих с ВИЧ. ВИЧ является пандемией всего мира, и, чтобы предотвратить его распространение и помочь инфицированным, необходимо приложение усилий правительств всех стран.

Несмотря на то, что многое уже было сделано неправительственными организациями для искоренения стигмы и дискриминации в отношении людей, живущих с ВИЧ (ЛЖВ), высокий уровень социальной и институциональной дискриминации в Казахстане все же сохраняется.

As Kazakhstan continues to develop economically, it also continues to develop its civil society sector, particularly, organizations focused on improving the lives of those living with HIV. HIV is a worldwide pandemic, and it will take the effort of every country’s government, working with civil society and health-care institutions, to prevent its spread and to assist those infected.

Kosovo’s Serb dairy farmers are increasing their incomes, commercial sustainability, and local production of quality milk thanks to a novel public-private partnership.

In 2008, USAID initiated the creation of the Crimson Finance Fund, a lending institution that structured an agreement between the municipality of Gračanica/Graqanica, local dairy farmers and the Kosovo Albanian dairy Bylmeti.

Rat koji je besneo na Kosovu kasnih devedesetih godina uzeo je razarajući danak u infrastrukturi zemlje, a od toga nisu bile izuzete ni njene škole. Čak i 2010-te godine, kada je USAID lansirao svoj Program Osnovnog Obrazovanja, većina učionica je bila jedva nešto više od otvorenih soba sa vrlo malo od one vrste obrazovnih materijala koji se mogu naći po drugim mestima u Evropi.             

In parts of Lebanon, local communities are absorbing tens of thousands of refugees from the crisis in neighboring Syria. USAID is on the ground helping these communities mitigate changes by developing avenues of opportunity in stagnant local economies.

Lebanon’s olive sector has been one area of focus, particularly in the north where 50 percent of the country’s total olive production is concentrated and constitutes a source of revenue to over 100,000 producers.

“Women can be anything they want in life. They can be mayors and presidents, teachers and mothers … after all, they are the engine of society,” says Rawiya Sankari, a mother and a staff member in the Fayhaa Union of Municipalities in north Lebanon.

Like other women who come to USAID workshops, Rawiya believes societal change comes by breaking stereotypes and challenging the routine.

“Green jobs” is a phrase that can be used to build wealth, win votes or influence agendas. In the developing world, such jobs can be a path out of poverty.

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Last updated: July 16, 2014