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.

Farhad Ahmad, another member of the Afghan team, returned from the competition deeply impressed by the respect for diversity he observed in the US. “I had heard a lot of things about the US. Then I went there and saw that some things weren’t true; like that we could not find books about Islamic Law. [In fact] I was impressed with the collection [at Columbia University].”

For a village in eastern Afghanistan, it took a wall to start building a better future. The new fence around the school gave families the confidence to send their children to study without worrying about their safety. Till then, they feared they might be kidnapped and sold in neighboring Pakistan. Or that insurgents would try to stop girls from going to school.

Një shitës tradicional përmes katalogut ka krijuar shitoren e parë të madhe në Kosovë e cila shet mallëra në internet, duke ofruar në këtë mënyrë me mijëra produkte vetëm një klikim të miut kompjuterik larg popullates së shënjestruar, e cila gjithnjë e më tepër ndihet komode me shitblerje përmes internetit.

Tradicionalni prodavac preko kataloga izmrestio je prvu veću Kosovsku internet prodavnicu, nudeći na taj način na hiljade raznih proizvoda, nadohvat kompjuterskih klikova ciljne populacije koja je sve opuštenija oko ideje trgovanja preko interneta.  

A traditional catalog merchant has spawned Kosovo’s first major online store, putting thousands of products within a click’s reach of a target population rapidly growing comfortable with the idea of Internet commerce.

It’s hard to imagine a world without games. Sports and games are an integral part of everyday life in all communities. They not only help residents develop a sense of connection with their neighbors, local community and environment, but also bring together people of widely differing backgrounds, professions, ethnicities and religions while their families and friends cheer from  the sidelines.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Urban Development is unable to pursue gender-sensitive procedures, notably in housing distribution. This is partly because there are very few women in key positions at the Ministry. The Afghan government is acutely aware of the gender gap. It wants 30 per cent of all employees to be women by 2014. Women currently account for just 18 per cent.

Marwa Ahmed’s normal life ended in 2006 when her father was killed and her family fled to Syria in the midst of the violence that then gripped Iraq. Eventually, she and her three siblings returned to Baghdad.

“I was proud of being Iraqi and just wanted to live peacefully in my own country,” she remembers.

At the start of 2010, Iraq had one of the highest rates of unemployment in the Middle East. Thirty percent of its adults lacked jobs. More than half of the country's young urban males were unemployed. At 19 percent, female participation in the workforce was even lower, according to World Bank estimates.
 
Restless youths, desperate for something to do, often joined terrorist militias, perpetuating the cycle of violence.
 

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Last updated: April 08, 2015