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.

Educating schoolchildren about environmental issues is challenging but essential in Shoubra El Kheima, a densely populated suburb of Cairo. The area has long suffered from severe pollution due to nearby industries, including metal smelters that emit hazardous materials such as lead.

The community of Shoubra El Kheima, north of Cairo, suffers from severe lead pollution generated by industries in the area. What is just as alarming is that many residents were unaware of the problem’s severity and of the simple actions they could take to protect themselves.

A USAID project aimed at remediating polluted sites began a communications strategy to educate and enable key groups in the communitiy to spread the word about lead. The project reached out to influential community members so that they could become catalysts for action.

18 APRIL 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
With an estimated 4% of the population in Afghanistan using the Internet, ordinary Afghan citizens, particularly those residing in rural and underserved regions, have limited access to this vital resource.
 
15 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Farid and his classmates have just begun the 2012 school year, full of hope for the future and thoughts of protecting the past. In January, Farid was just one of 330 perspective students, including 35 female candidates, who applied for 68 positions at the Institute for Afghan Arts & Architecture.
 
11 APRIL 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
10 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghan youth have been deprived of educational opportunities and forms of expression due to decades of political and economic turmoil. USAID funds the Youth Voices Festival, which provides a forum for youth across the country to express themselves through art, poetry, photography, and a variety of new and tradional media tools. In 2011 alone, the Festival worked directly with over 2,000 young men and women, providing them with a crucial platform to amplify their voice.
 
9 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Amna Mohamed Awad Hussein, a fifteen-year-old from Shalatin in the south of Egypt gained a new perspective on a life and a new set of skills when she attended a USAID funded school for tourism service workers.

“Our life is very simple,” Amna said. “Most people are poor. This school has changed me a lot. When I went to school in my home town, my dreams were very simple. I had no goals to achieve. There I had the feeling that I don’t have a future at all.”

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Last updated: January 06, 2014