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.

Somalia's new parliament, formed in August 2012, provides for two chambers--the upper house, which is pending formation, and the lower house--or House of the People, the country's national legislative body. This house, currently with 275 members,  is taking shape as parliament has established new committees tasked with considering policy issues, scrutinizing the progress and expenditures of the government, and analyzing legislation.

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Through USAID assistance, a new economic corridor is emerging in a formerly isolated and war-torn part of eastern Sri Lanka. The Kiran area was cut off from the outside world during Sri Lanka's nearly 30-year civil war between the government and Tamil rebels, and its population today is largely unskilled with limited livelihood opportunities.

Following the January 2010 earthquake, Haiti received monetary and material donations from several countries to support its recovery and rebuilding process. When Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County (LVFC) from Warrenton, Va., donated and installed computer labs throughout Haiti, the group faced one major hurdle: Haitian teachers and computer lab managers were not familiar with the computers' Linux-Mint operating system.

10 APRIL 2013 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghan women face frequent discrimination, and under Afghan culture, it is more acceptable for women to express their grievances to female, rather than male, judges. Yet only around ten percent of the Afghan judiciary is female. More women judges could mean more access to justice for all women.
 
Today, Farida Yasmeen, 45, is a leader for a group of 35 experienced embellishers who work from their own homes in Mingora, Swat Valley of Khyber Pakthunkhwa Province of Pakistan. She regularly checks the quality of their work, finds buyers, and receives orders for the entire group.  She credits her position to the assistance from USAID.
 
Before January 2012, Farida was a heartbroken woman. She had lost her husband in a suicide attack and later her two children died from diabetes.
 

As the sun sets in rural Tajikistan, farmers start heading to the main building in town for their water users association meeting. All heads turn as their leader, Chairwoman Mamlakat Abduqahorova, calls the meeting to order. In this male-dominated society, the farmers in the room look to Abduqahorova for direction. She has been successfully leading the Havaskor-1 Water User Association since its formation in March 2012, and is part of a select few women who lead water users associations in Tajikistan.

Как только солнце садится в сельской местности Таджикистана, фермеры отправляются в главное здание  города на собрание ассоциации водопользователей. Все оборачиваются, как только их лидер, председатель Мамлакат Абдукахорова призывает всех к порядку. В этом патриархальном обществе фермеры ждут наказов Мамлакат Абдукахоровой.  Она успешно руководит ассоциацией водопользователей Хаваскор -1 с момента его образования в марте 2012 года и является одной из немногих женщин, которые руководят ассоциациями водопользователей в Таджикистане.

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For years, the villages of Sinak and Hazari in southern Afghanistan suffered the consequences of broken flood barriers and blocked ca-nals.
The municipal drainage infrastructure they shared was badly dam-aged. Village elders recall that “the canals were full of sediment and many culverts had collapsed.” The villages were constantly flooded. Pools of standing water bred mosquitoes.

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Last updated: February 27, 2014