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.

In the Kenscoff mountains above Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a busy school kitchen is running more efficiently, saving money and protecting the environment. The Ecole Fondamentale d'Application et Centre d'Appui Pédagogique (EFACAP) switched from charcoal to propane for all its cooking needs in September 2013.

وكجزءٍ من الجهد المتواصل لتلبية الاحتياجات الإنسانية الأكثر أهمية للملايين من الناس داخل سوريا، يقوم مكتب المساعدات الأمريكية الخارجية للكوارث التابع للوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية، يقوم بتوفير الخدمات الطبية النفسية والاجتماعية من خلال العيادات المتنقلة والمراكز الصحية للمرأة ومن خلال العاملين في مجال التوعية، وذلك بهدف مساعدة السوريين في التعامل مع الضغوط الناجمة عن الصراع وحالات النزوح.

As one part of an ongoing effort to meet the most critical humanitarian needs of millions of people inside Syria, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance helps provide psychosocial services through women's health centers, mobile clinics,and outreach workers to help Syrians deal with the stresses of conflict and displacement.

Michel Dorlean, a Haitian flower producer, grew up learning the family business by planting flowers on traditional hillside plots in the mountainous village of Furcy, near Port-au-Prince. But the hillside locations leave flowers vulnerable to excessive heat, wind, humidity and rain. Dorlean used to lose more than 8 percent of his yields to weather.

Claudelina Portillo was the only woman in an elected leadership position in the Guayaibi Poty cooperative in Paraguay. Many of her female friends told her they could not join because the $3 monthly fee was too high. Portillo raised the issue with the other cooperative leaders, but they weren’t willing to find a solution.

“I can never forget the day when I was selected to receive a USAID scholarship,” says Aisha Butt, a talented young woman from Punjab province, Pakistan, recalling her happiness in 2009. She had successfully gained admission to the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, to pursue her Master’s Degree, but did not have the money to pay for her studies.  

Aisha had just completed 12 years of schooling when her parents died. She was left alone to take care of her younger sisters and saw no way to continue education while providing for her siblings.

When top managers from 14 Kazakhstani companies visited Kabul, Afghanistan, in July 2013 to present and promote products and goods made in Kazakhstan, more than $7 million in deals between entrepreneurs from the two countries were preliminarily negotiated at the meetings. The meetings were part of a trade exchange organized by USAID's Regional Economic Cooperation Project.

В рамках торговой миссии, организованной Проектом USAID по региональному экономическому сотрудничеству, топ менеджеры из 14 казахстанских компаний посетили Кабул с целью представления и продвижения продуктов и товаров, произведенных в Казахстане.  В ходе встреч были достигнуты предварительные договоренности между афганскими и казахстанскими предпринимателями  на поставку продукции на общую сумму более чем $ 7 миллионов, что было бы невозможным без поддержки USAID.

Ask random Thai students about their dream jobs. Probably not even one out of 10 would think about working for civil society organizations (CSOs) or the non-profit sector. But that could change.   Khon Kaen University in northeast Thailand is now offering students new career perspectives by launching the country’s first Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management.


Last updated: April 03, 2014