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.

This new building sits on the site of a groundbreaking public-private partnership.

Later this year, it will be part of a new SafeTStop--a health center designed to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria and TB services for local community members as well as thousands of truckers who arrive from Ethiopia everyday carrying goods to and from the Port of Djibouti.

Farmer Mahdy Saleh Al Nagar, 25, is one of several Yemeni farmers inspired by innovations at the Sawan demonstration site in Sana’a. The site currently showcases a greenhouse that can produce up to 10 times more vegetables than a traditional field while using 92 percent fewer pesticides than other greenhouses.

The greenhouse also includes a solar panel that powers a humidity-regulating fan, water pump and a highly efficient drip irrigation system that conserves water by 70 percent. To demonstrate further sustainable water solutions in a place where they are most needed, USAID recently completed construction of a rainwater-harvesting system on the site as well.

After receiving leadership training targeted to encourage civic engagement, 90 youth from one of Sri Lanka’s most conflict-affected areas are sharing their new skills with others from around the country. At a USAID-funded forum held in May 2013, young people from the community of Tellapalai in northern Sri Lanka interacted with 80 youth representing six districts in the eastern, southern and northern regions of the country. The exchange promoted cooperation, respect and friendship among the youth, as well as a commitment to serve their communities.

Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war destroyed much of the infrastructure in Kilinochchi, including a children’s park where local children once played. In the park’s former space, a war monument was erected that now reminds residents daily of the suffering they endured.

When Siraj‘s son quarreled with Ghulam Muhammad’s, no one could have imagined the playground dispute would set off a fateful chain of events that resulted in bad blood between their families and the accidental death of one of the children. The case came up before the Bati Kot District Court in Nangarhar province and the enmity looked likely to continue for generations with Ghulam Muhammad insisting on compensation for the death of his son in the form of two young girls from Siraj’s family. As the dispute became ever more fractious, the District Governor’s office requested two elders of the community to intercede.

For Khanzima, the nightmare began as soon as she was widowed. She found out that her in-laws were planning to sell her, a common practice among some Afghan tribes. She fled to her blood family in Nangarhar province in the east of Afghanistan, but her brothers refused to let Khanzima and her children stay because of an old land dispute with her late husband’s tribe. With nowhere to go and no one to ask for help, a desperate Khanzima turned to Sardara, a spinsary or senior woman community leader in her village.

Pregnancy should bring joy, but in Western Equatoria State, it often causes sadness because of the high rate of maternal mortality, said Minister for Health John Bono during a May 2013 forum on how to prevent excessive bleeding among women during delivery.

The forum was organized to learn lessons from a USAID-funded pilot study on post-partum hemorrhage prevention and management in Western Equatoria's Maridi and Mvolo Counties. 

Across Kosovo, USAID works with roughly 100 growers to actively promote the adoption of new strawberry varieties and technologies, as well as innovative ways of handling, packing and marketing the soft fruit. The efforts are helping those producers sell everything they can grow, all while supporting USAID’s wider goals of fostering growth, creating jobs and generating exports.

At age 23, Bujar Hajdini has embarked on a venture that few of his peers might dare to undertake. The college senior is owner of a newly launched garment manufacturer, supplying a market long dominated by imported goods.


Last updated: January 16, 2015