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Transforming Lives

Image of USAID's Andrew Liberman received the Microsoft Education award in 2004.

At Tech Museum Awards' November 2004 black-tie gala, USAID's Andy Lieberman won the Microsoft Education Award and $50,000 in recognition of his use of technology to solve global challenges and improve the lives of people around the world.

Mayan children and teachers use computers to learn and build self-esteem

Until recently, access to educational technology was nothing more than a dream for children of rural local communities in Guatemala’s highlands.

Omar and another former gang member work in a machine shop in Guatemala City.

For many years, Omar was known as “The Devil.” Like many youth in his neighborhood, he was the member of a gang. More lucky than some of his childhood friends who are now dead, Omar managed to leave the gang and join a USAID-sponsored program for youth at risk.

Vilma Dinora Morales, a champion of women's rights in Villa Nueva, attends a domestic violence training session.

Through her work, trained therapist Vilma Dinora Morales learned that violence against women in Villa Nueva (a Guatemala City suburb) was a serious problem that received little attention and often went unpunished. Community leaders and justice center professionals wanted to help women access justice, but did not know how.

Mayor Selvin Garcia of Pachalúm, Guatemala, is highly regarded nationally and internationally for his innovative municipa

Selvin Boanerges Garcia Velásquez is the mayor of the municipality of Pachalúm, in the Department of Quiché’s southeastern corner. This department was one of the most heavily affected areas during the armed conflict that ended with the 1996 Peace Accords.


Last updated: November 20, 2014

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