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.

Tuberculosis may be a well-known disease, but how many people really know what it takes to treat it? Patients in the city of Kunming, in China’s Yunnan province, struggled to achieve a complete cure since it takes a daily dose of antibiotics over the course of at least six months to eliminate the disease.

Tiny seeds go a long way in villages where Tibetan herders rely on arable land for their incomes and livelihoods. Over the years, climate change has destroyed acres of land on which livestock graze. Fewer suitable pastures mean fewer healthy yaks, which results in lower quality of meat and dairy products for families to buy. It also ultimately leads to decreased incomes.

Music moves people and messages in today’s world, and through the USAID-sponsored MTV EXIT campaign, top artists around Asia have taken center stage to energize youth to work to end human trafficking.

Reports can convey a compelling story—like the eight comprehensive country studies under USAID’s “Being LGBT in Asia” initiative. The studies are designed to learn about and engage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Asia, developing a better understanding of their lives as well as deriving recommendations for further development assistance activities.

Watering crops can be as easy as riding a bike in Nepal, where farmers are putting low-tech development into motion on two wheels in an effective approach that is being rolled out in other countries in South and Southeast Asia. They are not just spinning their wheels, they are driving farm development forward

Одной из основных угроз для демократии в Кыргызской Республике является коррупция в государственных органах. Принятие решений за закрытыми дверями не способствует подотчетности власти. 

She is from Lib Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which receives on average 20 inches of rain annually. A mother of two young children, she learned to wait out lean times when water was hard to come by and how to cope until the water returned. But one year after the last drought began, the water didn’t return.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, located in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region, is a champion of improving children’s reading skills, especially since a National Achievement Test in 2011 revealed a citywide 20 percent drop in literacy among sixth graders.

A single mother of four, Tsomo*, 43, was unemployed and having difficulties making ends meet. She had to rely on relatives for support and juggled occasional odd jobs in her hometown of Ge’ermu City in Qinghai province. Despite China’s rapid growth and developing middle class, Tsomo could not secure steady work and needed to find a way to take care of her family.

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Last updated: February 17, 2015