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.

Dukagjin Dedaj  mlekar  više od deset godina,   počeo  je sa  stadom od  15 krava koje se uvećalo na   52.  Dedaj je oduvek znao da njegove krave daju mleko izuzetnog kvaliteta.  Danas, zahvaljujući USAID-u, objektivan dokaz je u njegovom džepu.

Vadeći svoj mobilni telefon,  Dedaj je pokazao poruku koju je nedavno primio iz državne laboratorije. Ona sažeto daje podatke o tome kako je njegovo sirovo mleko izmereno prema osam standardizovanih parametara, uključujući procenat masnoće, proteina i  šećera.

Dukagjin Dedaj, a dairy farmer in Kosovo for more than a decade, started with a herd of 15 cows that grew into 52. Dedaj has always known his cows produce excellent quality milk. Today, thanks to USAID, the proof is in his pocket.

Pulling out his cell phone, Dedaj shows off a message recently received from a state laboratory. It concisely details how his raw milk measures against eight standardized parameters, including fat, protein and sugar percentages.

The origin of the chimney cake goes back hundreds of years but it's commonly believed that this delicacy comes from Hungary where they are served at weddings and christenings. Today, it is one of the most popular delicacies in Eastern Europe, and recently, this open, crispy cylinder rolled in a topping such as sugar and hazelnuts has gone global, becoming an in-demand street food.

Transferring political energy into voter participation is a challenge for post-revolution Tunisia. Future elections are an opportunity for a new generation of Tunisians to make their voices heard, but only if they cast their votes.

Young Tunisians were instrumental in the events of the revolution and first election in October 2011. It is paramount that they remain active voting citizens to shape their country’s post-revolutionary future.  

Manweri*, 46, works at a mine in Kabarore Township, Burundi, where he leads a team of 1,500 miners who dig for coltan, a metallic ore used in electronic products. Manweri has a wife and six children between the ages of 1 and 19. He had never received any type of training or education on sexual and reproductive health until January 2013, when he and 24 other male miners participated in a Men As Partners (MAP) workshop conducted by the RESPOND Project.

Local organization Al Hadatha Association is working to promote social cohesion in northern Lebanon through the creation of mixed Lebanese and Syrian community committees. These committees came together at the Naseej Conference on Oct. 30, 2013, along with donors and international organizations, to discuss local needs and potential solutions.

The Saint Georges Intermediary School in Zahle in central Beqaa has enrolled 90 Syrian students since the start of the Syrian crisis. The school provided education for these students, either for free or at a reduced rate, during the 2012-2013 academic year. However, the school could not afford to do so in 2013-2014.

To provide fair, transparent and equal access to higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic, the independent Center for Educational Assessment and Teaching Methods developed the National Scholarship Test (NST) in 2002, the results of which solely determine a student’s admission to university. However, widespread reports of corruption during the admissions period suggest that students and parents are allegedly required to "buy" entry into state institutions of higher education.

Improving milk collection and processing systems is vital to further developing Ukraine’s agricultural sector. Eighty percent of milk in Ukraine is produced by small-scale producers who, in most cases, do not coordinate their efforts, which impacts the quantity and quality of milk production.

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Last updated: March 04, 2014