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.

Children face a host of vulnerabilities. Those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS may be among the most vulnerable, and many of them have the potential to end up living on the streets outside of family care. These children are also often the most difficult to reach with services. Retrak’s mission is to work with street children and guide them back to family care, either their own families or foster families. To this end, Retrak, an NGO, works with street children in three countries with high HIV prevalence – Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya – and with families who care for the children.

With support from USAID, the International Association of Forensic Nurses sent two American nurses to Swaziland in September 2012 to advise local health facilities on how to better care for young rape survivors. 

28 NOVEMBER 2012 | HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN
 
Khatira Faizi starts every day writing news scripts at a local radio station in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. This could hardly be called controversial activity, but Khatira remains conscious that she is crossing a line by working outside her home.
 
19 NOVEMBER 2012 | LOGAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Five-year-old Muqadas is lucky to be alive.  He was shot in the head during an insurgent attack on U.S. troops near his village. Though the bullet is still lodged in his brain, Muqadas has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the expert emergency medical treatment provided by the U.S. military and the wraparound after-care provide by USAID’s Afghan Civilian Assistance Program.       
 
15 NOVEMBER 2012 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Sharifa Ahmadzai’s wool and carpet-weaving business in Jalalabad is on course for a $200,000 loan to modernize equipment and market its wares better. Masomma Ibraimi’s clothing business in Bamyan has received a loan of $4,000, which has enabled her to buy embroidery machines and hire more seamstresses.
 
14 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
12 NOVEMBER 2012 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
Maryam Ghamgosar, a journalist from Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan, is increasingly focused on writing about the economic opportunities opening up in her country. It wasn’t always this way.  “I wasn’t able to write articles on economics, trade agreements, or contracts that Afghanistan signed with international companies for its mineral resources,” she says.
 

The Haitian Government is determined to improve the quality and scope of public services, but it faces a critical problem —lack of revenue. At 9 percent, Haiti’s rate of tax receipts as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the lowest in the world. However, a recent USAID-piloted tax mobilization program in the city of Saint Marc has proven that it is possible to raise local revenues to pay for quality local services.

Building on that success, USAID expanded its work to the densely populated urban municipality of Carrefour in 2011. Working with the Groupe de Recherche et d'Interventions en Developpement et en Education (GRIDE), a Haitian nonprofit organization of public policy experts, USAID sparked a significant jump in Carrefour’s municipal revenue — taxes collected increased by 481 percent, from $309,000 in 2011 to $1.8 million in 2012.

6 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Each year hundreds of Afghan women are widowed because of the conflict.  Without the income of male relatives they and their children often face a bleak future.
 

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Last updated: August 14, 2014