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.

Khi chị Đinh Thị Yến Ly nghe cậu con trai 18 tuổi, Nguyễn Đăng Khoa, tâm sự mình là người đồng tính, chị cảm thấy đó là những lời đau đớn nhất chị từng nghe. Chị không hiểu điều đó có ý nghĩa gì với con trai chị hay gia đình chị; chị nghĩ đồng tính là bị bệnh. Và chị không phải người duy nhất có suy nghĩ đó. Một số nghiên cứu cho thấy nhiều bậc cha mẹ ở Việt Nam vẫn nghĩ đồng tính là một căn bệnh, một xu hướng hay một điều bất bình thường.

Tokom protekle četiri godine, USAID je napravio krupne korake unutar kosovskih učionica: obnovljeni su školski programi, priteklo se u pomoć nastavnicima omogućavanjem pristupa potrebnim resursima, i čak su inspirisana pokretanja inicijativa od strane zajednica za renoviranje stotina učionica širom zemlje kako bi se stvorila bolja okruženja za učenje.   Međutim, rad na koji USAID podstiče učenike posle škole bi mogao imati najtrajniji efekat u novostasavajućoj demokratiji.   

Gjatë katër viteve të fundit, USAID-i ka përparuar me hapa të mëdhenj brenda klasëve të Kosovës duke: ristrukturuar kurikulat shkollore, ndihmuar mësimdhënësit përmes mundësimit të qasjes në resurset e nevojshme, e deri te frymëzimi i nismave të udhëhequra nga komunitetet për rinovimin e qindra klasëve anembanë vendit me qëllim të krijimit të mjediseve më të përshtatshme për mësim. Mirëpo, puna në të cilën USAID-i i nxitë nxënësit pas orëve të mësimit ka gjasë të ketë efektin më të gjatë dhe më të qëndrueshëm për demokracinë e njomë.    

Sports and fitness buff Masuma Hossaini is determined to educate fellow Afghan women and girls on the health benefits of staying fit through exercising, and to provide a safe environment where they can work out.

Hafasa Aubi, an Afghan economics graduate, is defying the country's trend of women’s unemployment. Working as an mHawala (mobile money) agent for Etisalat, a telecommunications company, Aubi is paving the way for other women seeking employment. As an electronic payment system, mHawala allows Afghans to pay utility bills and transfer cash by cell phone.

Ahmad Wasim, a shopkeeper in Faizabad, a city in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, started selling an assortment of artificial flowers and decoration services for weddings and banquet halls in 2010. But his business was seasonal and barely earned enough money to support his family.

In addition to Afghanistan’s social, political and traditional problems, youth in rural Kandahar province, especially in districts far from the city, live in a state of despair, with a strong feeling of future uncertainty. Their major challenge is unemployment, resulting from high rates of illiteracy and lack of bankable skills.

Surrounded by almost 2,000 quacking ducks, Le Thanh Thuong reflects on the changes he has made on his duck breeding farm and hatchery in Can Tho, Vietnam. Previously, his ducks were free range—they drank water from a nearby pond and grazed on small fish and shrimp from rice paddies, which left them undernourished and susceptible to diseases like salmonella and parasites. Poor sanitation and insufficient separation between residential and production areas put his family and workers at risk for picking up diseases from the ducks.

Albania's textile and garment sector accounts for 45 percent of total exports and provides employment to a large number of workers. The government is now looking to the industry to increase employment opportunities, particularly for youth and women.

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Last updated: March 11, 2015