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.
Since the end of Côte d’Ivoire’s post-electoral crisis in 2010, USAID has aimed to promote more effective engagement between citizens and government. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office in Abobo, USAID, through its Office of Transition Initiatives, helped organize an open house in November 2013 to help women affected by the crisis obtain financial loans for small businesses.
Ukraine is among the countries that attracts refugees from all over the world. While the immigrants come with diverse backgrounds and experiences, they still encounter myriad challenges as they adjust to their new lives. Today, many libraries in Ukraine provide critical support to individuals in these diverse ethnic communities with resources that help them adapt to the new environment.
Increased access to quality family planning services and increased awareness of modern methods of contraception are among the main priorities of Kazakhstan's health-care system in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Kazakh Ministry of Health established regional educational centers in 2009, modeled after existing perinatal centers, to provide support and train a team of trainers to help local health-care workers increase their knowledge and skills in accordance with international recommendations and evidence-based medicine.
In Ethiopia, it is common for children to go to sleep hungry. Food insecurity is high among rural areas, and over 20 percent of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Agrei Admasu is a 32-year-old mother of three from the Amhara region who struggled to feed her children. “I did not know anything about exclusive breastfeeding or balanced, nutritious food preparation. I used to feed my babies anything that was available at home. However, they frequently suffered from diarrhea and vomiting,” she said.
Shiitake mushrooms have been used in herbal remedies by the Chinese for many centuries. The East Asian fungus has been used to treat anything from poor circulation and respiratory problems to premature aging. Its health-promoting properties and rich flavor make this delicacy the second most commonly cultivated edible mushroom in the world.
Access to clean water is one of the most basic human needs. Without a proper water drainage system in place, wastewater can wreak havoc on communities large and small, carrying disease and damaging property. For a small village in northern Kosovo, a damaged water drainage channel had devastating effects on the health and livelihood of the community.
Rwanda has made great strides in expanding access to education. Enrollment is up, repetition and dropout rates are down, and more children are finishing primary school.
Thanks to Rwanda's award-winning Nine Year Basic Education program, six years of primary and three years of secondary education are free and compulsory for all Rwandans. What’s more, in January 2014, UNESCO placed Rwanda in the top three countries for reducing out-of-school youth.
Despite this accomplishment, absenteeism for girls remains a challenge.
In Rwanda, approximately 44 percent of children are stunted due to malnutrition. While Rwandan families are encouraged to prevent malnutrition, most rural communities lack the ingredients and knowledge to prepare a balanced diet. In most cases, they grapple with lack of other basic needs and end up giving little attention to the quality of food they eat.
Agnes Mukaloni, a pyrethrum (commonly known as chrysanthemum) farmer, says she never thought it would be possible to grow crops on land she called her own, but this season, she will do just that.
Mukaloni leads a women’s group of 30 pyrethrum farmers who organized to pool percentages of their incomes into a savings account, which they used in the latter months of 2013 to rent a plot of farmland for one year. The group was able to earn about $200 (120,000 Rwandan francs) in four months.
Last updated: March 07, 2014