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.

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.

Ruzhica Milutinoviqit nuk i duhet shumë kohë që të fillojë të flasë për të arriturat e burrit të saj si aktivist dhe kryetar i kuvendit të fshatit të tyre Graboc, fshat ky në pjesën rurale të veriut të Kosovës, mirëpo nuk duhet biseduar gjatë me te për të mësuar se edhe ajo vetë është një mbështetëse e përkushtuar e komunitetit.  

Ružica Milutinović je veoma brza u isticanju dostignuća njenog supruga kao aktiviste i predsednika seoskog saveta u Grabovcu, selu koje se nalazi u ruralnom delu severnog Kosova, ali ne treba dugo razgovarati s njom pa da se zaključi da je i ona sama značajan podržavalac zajednice. 

Открытые слушания по местному бюджету прошли в начале этого года в трех айыл окмоту Ноокатского района Ошской области Кыргызской Республики. Более 200 сельчан и три официально избранные инициативные группы, представляющие девять сообществ – по три от каждого айыл окмоту - приняли активное участие в открытых бюджетных слушаниях и предложили свои приоритетные направления, изменения и дополнения к бюджету 2014 года.

Thailand’s youth face a variety of challenges—crime, safety, difficulty completing their education, and support for those orphaned by insurgency-related violence. But efforts are underway to address the issues that significantly impact their lives.

Women living in the Deep South of Thailand struggle for acceptance as community leaders and many still need to fight for basic rights. Under the leadership of its founder and president, Pateemah Poh-itaeda-oh, the Women for Peace Association (WePeace) is working to ensure that women’s issues–such as access to education and freedom of expression–are recognized and addressed. Using support from the USAID Sapan Program, WePeace trains local women on how to improve their communities through “community scorecards,” which keep track of the activities that promote open government, and government-funded literacy training.

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Last updated: January 07, 2014