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.

More than 70,000 young people packed in to hear the first major open air concert in Burma in over a half a century on Oct. 16, 2012. Front and center were messages about human trafficking and exploitation and how to avoid both.

Organized by the USAID-supported MTV EXIT program, the concert featured Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz alongside Burma's top artists: Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni, Chan Chan, Sai Sai, Lynn Lynn, Phyo Gyi and Chit Htu Wai. Thailand’s Slot Machine also traveled over to grace the stage.

People in the remote village of War Taw in southern Burma often do battle with malaria. Here, villagers earn their living working in and around forests that harbor malaria-carrying mosquitoes, but health services are scarce and far away.

They came from all over Southeast Asia and met on the beach. And cleaned it. Without pay. That’s not all. They had to compete for the opportunity.

Alen Jusupović, a 23-year-old student of agricultural engineering in Sarajevo, was intrigued by the idea of starting a donkey farm after learning that a similar business was thriving in neighboring countries. In 2012, he set out to have the first in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

It was by accident that he signed up for a USAID program to support would-be student entrepreneurs like him. Turns out, it was a smart move. A year later, Jusupović had his own money-making farm.

Going against the tide of politics and tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), women parliamentarians have come together to form the country's first issues-based caucus, one that centers on common interests rather than party platforms. 
 
With USAID support, 22 women members of the House of Representatives of the Federation of BiH (FBiH), one of the country’s two governmental entities, united to form the caucus in early 2013. It was the first women’s caucus in the entire region.  
 
Before passage of the law on whistleblower protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), employees of state-level institutions who reported corruption would likely incur the wrath of their employers and be fired, like Višnja Marilović of Sarajevo.
 

There’s no getting around the fact that most people have a primal fear of sharks. The sad reality is that humans are a much bigger threat to sharks than they are to us. An estimated 75 million sharks are killed each year, mostly to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Humans are killing sharks at such a rapid pace that many species may soon be lost forever.

Asia-Pacific nations that ring the pristine Coral Triangle are beginning to pool their ideas and strengthen their collective commitment to protect a delicate regional fish trade sustainably.

There’s been a change of climate in Cambodian classrooms—brought about by the first climate change course curriculum taught in the country’s universities. With support from USAID, students can now study the impact changing climate will have on Cambodia and the region.

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Last updated: January 02, 2014