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.

March 2014The occupation of Timbuktu in 2012 was a traumatic experience for the entire community, but particularly the youth, who were targeted by armed extremist groups who imposed brutal interpretation of Sharia law. For over a year, young people became prisoners in their own city or were forced to seek refuge in other areas of Mali and neighboring countries.

April 2014—H Kem Buon, an ethnic minority woman in Vietnam's Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, recalls a time when things were not easy for her family. They did not make enough money to cover basic expenses. The entire income of her family with four children was then around $950 (20 million Vietnamese dong) a year, which came from maize, rice and corn crops on their 1.4 hectares of farm land. Her family’s most valuable assets were an old house and an obsolete motorbike.

April 2014—High-pitched ululations resound at the Kahawa Dispensary in Borabu, Nyamira County, Kenya. Health workers and patients are celebrating the safe delivery of twin boys. In Kenya, one mother dies every hour from pregnancy related causes, especially at the time of delivery.  Over half of all women in Kenya still give birth at home and only 47 percent of pregnant women make the recommended four antenatal care visits.

April 2014—In November 2013, a group of 20 student body presidents from the Talas region organized a charity concert that included performances by schoolchildren, youth art groups and local comedy troupes. Ticket sales from the concert raised over $300, all of which was donated to a local nursing home. 

April 2014—The Karenni, a traditionally marginalized population in Burma, have not typically engaged the Burmese government on problems and prospective solutions. But last year, over 200 Karenni youth from Kayah, Kayin and Shan states demonstrated courage and leadership by proactively discussing peace, reform and local development in a public space.

April 2014—Burma’s transition to democracy is evident in new laws and freedoms, but old ways of doing business continue to slow reform and distance citizens from their government. Burmese citizens who need support from governmental offices are often met with outmoded and archaic systems and bureaucracies that have not kept pace with reforms.

Цілеспрямованість спеціаліста і експертна підтримка Проекту USAID допоможе краще виявляти туберкульоз у Запорізькій області.

Україна є однією з тих країн, що приваблюють біженців з усіх куточків світу. Іммігранти мають відмінну від української систему цінностей і стикаються з безліччю проблем, пристосовуючись до нового життя в нових громадах. Багато бібліотек в Україні сьогодні стають другим домом для представників різноманітних етнічних громад, допомагаючи їм адаптуватися до нових культурних реалій.

April 2014On a hill amidst unkempt grass and wild vegetation on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, stands a shabby-looking wooden hut surrounded by banana trees and other makeshift shelters. A few feet below, a middle-aged woman is attending to a few customers that come to buy items at her food stand. Her name is Honorine Raveloarisoa, and the hut is her home.

Her life has substantially improved thanks to a USAID-funded food security program.


Last updated: August 04, 2014