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.

Over the past 30 years, Senegal has expanded access to health services by shifting them deeper into its rural communities, where over 42 percent of the population still lives and where – in certain villages – only 12 percent of the population can access public health services annually. This movement is exemplified by Senegal’s growing number of community health workers, including home care providers, who are chosen and compensated by the communities they serve. 

Ramadan Otieno has seen his community divided by the effects of xenophobia. In an area where ingrained fears and false perceptions of ethnic groups create a great divide, al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization, has taken advantage of the situation, exploiting locals’ lack of knowledge to incite violence. Frequently, communities will attribute the violence to an ethnic or religious group, rather than the organization.

“We forget that al-Shabaab are using [both Muslim and non-Muslim] youth from our communities,” Otieno said.

In the mountains of Kenscoff, Mrs. Jane Wynn recently made part of her land available to a program that is helping farmers grasp innovative techniques in order to double their yields and increase their income - 1,500 farmers, to be exact.

The USAID-financed program is called WINNER, and its rural Center for Sustainable Development (CRDD) is what first caught the attention of Mrs. Wynn, a Haitian-American who saw an opportunity to both advance her ecological interest and the livelihoods of Kenscoff farmers. Launched in 2009, WINNER is a five-year, $126 million USAID program managed mostly by Haitians and built on a network of over 25 farmers' associations in conjunction with the government and others to form public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Welcome to Araban, an informal settlement in the city of Jalalabad, where the streets and passageways are so crisscrossed and narrow that fire trucks cannot respond to emergencies and sanitation trucks are unable to collect garbage. Such conditions are hazardous for residents, as proven by a fire earlier this year that gutted shops, market stalls, and some homes.
A master mason and a trainee repair a canal wall in Khost province, eastern Afghanistan. They are part of a project supported by USAID to refurbish flood-damaged irrigation infrastructure in Gurbuz district.

Khi trao đổi về giải pháp để Việt Nam trở thành điểm đến cạnh tranh hơn trong khu vực về thu hút đầu tư và phát huy tối đa tiềm năng kinh tế, ông Trương Quang Hưng có quan điểm rất rõ ràng: "Mọi người có thể để cập nhiều giải pháp khác nhau, nhưng với riêng tôi thì cải thiện cơ sở hạ tầng có vai trò sống còn trong giai đoạn phát triển hiện tại của đất nước."

“I am so happy that we have our own girl’s school now,” said Ayesha Farooq, a grade 4 student at the new school that was built in Fateh Jang City of Attock District, Punjab Province by the Tameer-e-Millat Foundation. Financing for the school was provided by the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund. 
Until recently, Fateh Jang only had two government high schools – one for boys and one for girls – for its 40,000 residents. The two schools could not accommodate all the children seeking education in the area.

When it comes to Vietnam becoming a more competitive destination for investment in the region and achieving its full economic potential, the answer from Truong Quang Hung is clear: "People talk about different issues, but to me, improving infrastructure is vital at this stage of our development."


Last updated: June 06, 2014