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.

The Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program builds and repairs rural infrastructure to develop targeted agricultural value chains and contribute to overall stability. During the summer growing season, the Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program, a USAID-funded activity operating in the Tavildara Valley since 2009, has rehabilitated the defunct irrigation canal in Argankul, jumpstarting production and allowing farmers like Jumabek Begov to produce enough food to eat and surplus potatoes to sell. 

5 JULY 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE   Afghanistan’s vibrant and increasingly professional media is widely seen as a success story but press freedom remains a challenge. Ordinary Afghans remain generally ignorant about the crucial role that a free press can and should play in society and consequently do not offer robust support to media institutions. There is a need to build public awareness about journalists and their work.                                  
 
3 JULY 2012
 
When a fire forced Radio Sahar off the air, USAID’s Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment project supported the rebuilding of this station run by women in Herat. In record time, the Internews technical team managed to get Radio Sahar broadcasting again.
 

When Palestinian students graduate, they can be proud in the knowledge that they have completed their formal studies in a system of education recognized throughout the Middle East for its high quality. But when the graduation celebrations are over, Palestinian students face the same question that students all around the world face: What can I do now?

Jenin Young Women’s Club (JYWC) is providing new opportunities of growth and personal development for girls and young women of Jenin through a safe and enriching environment for extra-curricular activities. A $76,610 grant from USAID's Civic Engagement Program helped the club acquire better equipment and resources including the first gym for women and a computer lab which is now being used to teach the club’s members new computer science skills.

Most notably, the grant funded the creation of the club’s all women football team, still not a common phenomenon in the Northern West Bank. This ambitious group of young women now participates in the Palestinian Women’s Football League and is supported by the Palestinian Football Federation.

Hana Masoud’s life changed when she joined a USAID health development initiative in her village. Once a jobless graduate, she has grown into an internationally-recognized youth leader. “I learned that each person has something to give,” she says, “and it was my duty to look for these things in the community.” Her chance came when USAID began working in Burqa, a northern West Bank village. Using the Champion Community approach, USAID brings together Palestinians and their clinics to identify and address local health priorities. Hana’s job was to encourage residents to join in.

As a teacher in rural Kenya, Dr. Nduku Kilonzo never thought she would become involved in women's health, gender issues, and HIV. However, it was during her time as an educator in the 1990s when she began to realize disparities that threatened the health and well-being of her female students. “Women were looking after the sick or couldn't afford to send their daughters to school because they were spending money on health care,” she recalls.

28 JUNE 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Though it is barely three months old, Afghanistan’s new anti-corruption coalition has managed to enlist crucial support from sections of the Afghan parliament. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi head of the lower house of parliament, recently met 12 members of the coalition and promised to support its fight against corruption. Mr Ibrahimi crucially offered to encourage members of parliament to join the coalition alongside Humerai Ayubi, MP.
 

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Last updated: December 26, 2013