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.

With support from USAID Sapan, OHSD and six other women-led non-governmental organizations formed a coalition to train and prepare plans for their respective provinces to apply for WDF funding. The funds are open to all women, rich or poor, urban or rural. Returning to Khon Kaen, OHSD collaborated with other development groups to learn how local women could start applying for the grants. Some women were skeptical that the young activists could help since they believed only well-connected individuals could access the new funds. But four communities that received OHSD training and assistance submitted applications and two received WDF funding.

Një lule e çmuar në industrinë e produkteve për kujdesin ndaj lëkurës femërore është njëkohësisht edhe faktor kyq i stabilitetit financiar afatgjatë për një grup shumetnik të grave të cilat rishtazi kanë filluar t’a kultivojnë atë në Kosovë. 

Cvet cenjen od strane industrije za negu ženske kože je takođe ključ dugororočne finansijske stabilnosti za multietničku grupu žena koja je nedavno počela da ga uzgaja na Kosovu.

Крістіна Брзак – шістнадцятирічна дівчина, яка навчається у Київській середній школі №221. У дитинстві вона мріяла вступити до Академії мистецтв та стати митцем. Але після того, як у минулому році вона прослухала розроблений USAID курс «Фінансова грамотність», її мрії змінилися. Тепер вона хоче вивчати фінанси.

One of the key challenges to democracy in the Kyrgyz Republic is corruption in state institutions. Closed-door decision making prevents citizens from holding their leaders accountable. Although former President Roza Otunbaeva sought to combat this problem by establishing public councils in state bodies, the sustainability of these independent, diverse citizen oversight groups was unsure because the decree could be reversed by any future president.

Oct. 2014—Women represent 55 percent of the total population in Sierra Leone’s Yamba Taneneh community. Mostly poor, they depend on small-scale farming, planting crops on tiny areas of land and raising mixed livestock to make a living.

The traditional slash-and-burn agricultural practice in the area results in negligible yields and significant losses. Poverty is a major cause of biodiversity loss and climate change in this part of Sierra Leone.

In recent years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Colombia has successfully advocated the government for the recognition of many basic rights. With impressive progress being made on achieving human rights, USAID—through its LGBT Global Development Partnership—is now partnering on a new effort to address the economic discrimination historically faced by Colombia’s LGBT community.

Cut off from South Sudan’s road network by wetlands and seasonal floods, the people of Tayer, Unity State, depend on the nearby Nile River for fish and trade. Unfortunately, fisheries equipment is scarce in Tayer and transportation by locally available dugout canoes is very slow, limiting the markets that fishermen and traders can reach.

In Belarus, over 20,000 children are members of at-risk families. Their parents struggle to comply with responsibilities that include addressing their children’s basic needs and providing proper supervision. Exposure to abuse and neglect early on adversely affects children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development.

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Last updated: November 12, 2014