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.

Sonido del Yaque—which means “sound of the Yaque River”—is a business that delivers on its name. The small set of tourist cottages in the Dominican Republic offers not just the soothing sound of the nearby river, but also an idyllic view of the river valley and relief from the hot weather in nearby Santo Domingo.

Shtat. 2014—Për popullin e Kosovës, familja është themeli i një kulture vitale e cila vlerëson takimet e përbashkëta dhe të rregullta të njerëzve për të festuar ngjarjet e mëdha si festat dhe dasmat por edhe ato të zakonshme siç është dreka tradicionale familjare në pasditën e së dielës. Në shumë nga fshatrat e thella të vendit, komuniteti paraqet një zgjërim të natyrshëm të njësisë familjare – aty familjet rregullisht punojnë së bashku në kooperativat buqësore dhe këshillat e fshatrave.

Sept. 2014—Za narod Kosova, porodica je temelj jedne vitalne kulture koja vrednuje redovno sastajanje ljudi u cilju slavljenja velikih događaja kao što su praznici i venčanja, kao i uobičajenim povodima kao što je tradicionalni porodični ručak u nedelju. U mnogim udaljenim selima zemlje, zajednica je vitalno proširenje porodične jedinice – sa porodicama koje redovno rade zajedno u poljoprivrednim zadrugama i seoskim savetima.  

As the sun dwindles and nightfall approaches, a harsh reality creeps in. The temperature has dropped to below zero Celsius. The chill is becoming unbearable. Around the dry but beautiful mountainous landscape, only a few spots of light can be seen. Electricity is a luxury that most here simply cannot afford.

Expanding domestic populations and the influx of refugees from regional conflicts is increasing demand on scarce water resources in Lebanon and across the Middle East. The scarcity is compounded by insufficient and aging infrastructure, which not only fails to adequately deliver clean water to communities, but loses precious water through leaking lines.

Rising demand for tasty meals served quickly has paid off for at least one small business owner in Herat, Afghanistan.

Jamaica has always been vulnerable to extreme weather such as drought and hurricanes, but many people do not make a direct link with climate change. Over the past decade, Jamaica experienced nine natural disasters causing damages estimated at $1.4 billion.

Aug. 2014—Jerome Cowan made a decision to do better for himself—better than what was expected for someone growing up in his neighborhood, Parade Gardens, one of Jamaica’s most violent communities.

Whether waiting in a frantic emergency room after an accident, or at a routine medical check-up, patients everywhere look for relief, understanding and timely assistance from their doctors. Serbia is no different. However, its health care system suffers from underfunding, poor management and a high public perception of corruption.

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Last updated: September 24, 2014