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.

Driton Obertinca je izgubio vid u svojoj 18. godini, što je bio izazov koji je mladiću samo ulio dodatnu hrabrost. Student treće godine prava na Univerzitetu u Prištini, Obertinca je takođe predsedavajući Sportskog foruma mladih u sklopu Kosovskog Udruženja slepih.

Более десяти лет правительство Кыргызской Республики пытается, в основном безуспешно, улучшить ситуацию с безопасностью и завоевать доверие граждан с помощью значительных преобразований в системе правопорядка. Как и другие постсоветские страны, Кыргызская Республика унаследовала крупную структуру милиции, которая с момента обретения страной независимости используется для подавления инакомыслия, причем нередко путем запугивания оппозиционных политиков, СМИ и гражданского общества. Однако сейчас, похоже, статус-кво начинает меняться. 

Tanzanian smallholder rice farmers often use seeds saved from past seasons to plant their fields. Since these indigenous seeds are typically recycled several times, most have reduced viability or have developed susceptibilities to disease. The reliance of farmers on weak and damaged seed results in low yields and constrains agricultural development. Access to improved seed can help solve these problems, leading to agricultural productivity and higher profits.

The first view of the Metcalfe Juvenile Remand Center, a “holding facility” for young male offenders who will be brought before the courts for criminal offenses, is not encouraging. Located in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, it is secured by a 50-foot-tall gate with metal facing, topped with rolled barbed wire, and at least five armed security guards circle the entrance. Inside, young boys between the ages of 12 and 17 attend to various duties.

In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, fewer than one out of every five married women use family planning. An additional 16 percent of women want to delay or limit childbearing, but are not using contraception. Limited access to family planning prevents women from safely spacing their pregnancies, fuels unsustainable population growth, and puts the health of women and children at risk.

Driton Obërtinca lost his vision at the age of 18, a challenge that has only served to embolden the ambitious young man. A third-year law student at the University of Prishtina, Obërtinca is also the chairman of the Youth Forum for Sports Affairs of Kosovo’s Association for the Blind.

Recurrent clashes in Guinea’s forests have become a deep source of concern. Home to 25 percent of the country’s population and the majority of its extractive wealth, the region is marked by high levels of unemployment and poverty, ethnic division and a history of conflict imported from neighboring countries. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in recent violence.

Dy sipërmarrës të rinj bujqësor, që rishtazi kanë kryer fakultetin, janë duke shijuar frytet e punës së tyre: rendimente rekorde të dredhëzës. Mirëpo, tregimi i suksesit të tyre përfshinë më tepër se arsimimin e tyre formal.

Dvojica mladih poljoprivrednih preduzetnika, sa nedavno završenim fakultetom, uživaju u plodovima svoga rada: rekordnom prinosu jagoda. Ali priča o njihovim uspesima sadrži vise od formalnog obrazovanja.

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Last updated: March 11, 2015