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.

You could say Anchalee Aowphol is a pathfinder, if not a trailblazer, among women scientists in her native Thailand and Southeast Asia. In fact, what she does is so unique that there is no word in Thai for her profession: herpetologist—a scientist who studies amphibians and reptiles. Her studies, however, may present more information about the environment and its future than meets the eye.

Technology is catching on in the Solomon Islands’ fishing industry. Just ask the women and men who each day take stock of fish arriving by canoes and boats at local markets. They will tell you that tracking the size of the catch, species and price for this Pacific island nation’s fish is now much easier with mobile phones.

Inside the forested villages near the Thai-Burmese border, migrant workers are ill or at risk of becoming ill with malaria. Pockets of high malaria transmission still remain in these remote areas where there is limited medical care for workers who know little about the Thai health system or may not even speak Thai

Music moves people and messages in today’s world, and through the USAID-sponsored MTV EXIT campaign, top artists around Asia have taken center stage to energize youth to work to end human trafficking.

Watering crops can be as easy as riding a bike in Nepal, where farmers are putting low-tech development into motion on two wheels in an effective approach that is being rolled out in other countries in South and Southeast Asia. They are not just spinning their wheels, they are driving farm development forward

Одной из основных угроз для демократии в Кыргызской Республике является коррупция в государственных органах. Принятие решений за закрытыми дверями не способствует подотчетности власти. 

She is from Lib Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which receives on average 20 inches of rain annually. A mother of two young children, she learned to wait out lean times when water was hard to come by and how to cope until the water returned. But one year after the last drought began, the water didn’t return.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, located in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region, is a champion of improving children’s reading skills, especially since a National Achievement Test in 2011 revealed a citywide 20 percent drop in literacy among sixth graders.

A single mother of four, Tsomo*, 43, was unemployed and having difficulties making ends meet. She had to rely on relatives for support and juggled occasional odd jobs in her hometown of Ge’ermu City in Qinghai province. Despite China’s rapid growth and developing middle class, Tsomo could not secure steady work and needed to find a way to take care of her family.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015