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.

Bringing people and services under one roof is paying off for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ho Chi Minh City and other cities around Vietnam. In December 2011, USAID/Vietnam began working with the Ho Chi Minh City Provincial AIDS Committee and District 8 Preventive Medicine Center to integrate anti-retroviral treatment (ART), HIV testing and counseling (HTC), and methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) outpatient clinics.

For decades, there was no established free press in Burma, and all forms of mass communication were strictly controlled by the military government. Today, as a result of reforms introduced in recent years, the news can go wherever wireless signals can, and aspiring journalists, especially women, are increasingly interested in embracing the latest forms of communication. Yangon Press International (YPI) is an independent Rangoon-based media outlet established in mid-2011 by five Internews-trained journalists, with support from USAID. Using Facebook as their mode of disseminating news, the journalists have begun to garner regular audiences.

“The road was in terrible condition and I couldn’t get to the bazaar without falling over,” recalls Abdul Malik. He is wheelchair-bound – the result of an insurgent bomb attack four years ago – and until recently, he found it hard to make his way from home to the tiny shop he rents in Arghandab in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar.
When Abdul Ahmad left Pakistan for Afghanistan it symbolized more than one man’s decision to come home. It marked the return of a generation of farmers who had left Tani district in the eastern province of Khost because their lands were too dry for crops to grow. “For years I worked in Pakistan because we had no water for our farmland. We are all farmers in my village,” says Abdul Ahmad.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 13, 2012, Somali youth sprinted across Hargeisa, taking part in the Hargeisa Youth Amazing Race. The contest raised awareness about youth-related services and youth-managed businesses across Hargeisa.

Muna Mohamed, a competitor and biomedical student at the University of Hargeisa, expressed what appeared to be the prevailing sentiment: “I am so excited. I am very thrilled.”

Fatumo Jama Ahmed is a 30-year-old mother of two who lives in Berbera, Somaliland.

Ahmed did not go to school when she was young because, like many Somali girls, she was kept at home. Now, however, she is attending a USAID-supported basic education class, her son by her side.

“I have been studying at this center for one month,” she says. “I am now a completely different person … . I can write my name, I can write and read the Somali numbers and alphabets. After a few months I hope to be fully writing and reading and calculating.”

“Personally, I didn’t believe that our canal would be protected .... But, when I saw the work underway, I knew I was wrong,” said Barchynay Tashmatova, a farmer in Kara-Kulja. “Now we expect a better harvest.”

“These [uranium tailing storage facilities] were built incorrectly. They don’t meet standards. Water leaks into our soil. We have been saying this, but inspectors keep repeating that everything is clean,” complained a Chatkal district resident to an Azattyk Television crew.  “In reality, the soil is polluted.”

“My old man was shot, I was injured, and our house was robbed and destroyed. I applied for housing back then, but I am still being promised things [two years later],” says Rahminisa Teshebaeva, a 75-year old resident of Osh, in an interview to Radio Azattyk aired on July 26, 2012.


Last updated: January 06, 2014