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.

Matiullah, who lives in western Kandahar, started his life with what many deem a severe strike against any chance of success: a congenitally disabled left leg. Matiullah’s youth was dogged by poverty at a very young age, he began working in the poppy fields as lancer to help his family earn enough to survive. The money he earned was never enough but he had no other choice because of his leg.

June 2016—A work/study tour to the United States has enabled a Belarusian psychologist to turn a vision to help neglected children in her home country into a reality, changing the course of thousands of young lives.

For the first time in 20 years, a road running through Kosovo’s northwestern village of Banjskë/Banjska has been repaired, enabling the village’s community of Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs to come closer together.

Most Afghans enjoy candy with their tea every day. The market for candy is strong.

June 2016—Eighty-year-old Valentina M.* lived in the small rural community of Semenivka in Ukraine’s conflict-torn Donetsk region until military shelling during an anti-terrorist operation destroyed her home in 2014. In a groundbreaking case, Valentina won a court verdict to receive compensation from the Government of Ukraine for the damage inflicted on the house.

Valentina’s lawyers from the USAID Human Rights in Action project hope the case will set a precedent for others whose property was damaged or destroyed by military action.

Більше 1 500 молодих хлопців і дівчат стали випускниками програми стажування у Парламенті України, яка впроваджується за підтримки USAID впродовж останніх 20 років. Близько 30% з них залишилося працювати в органах державної влади або Верховній Раді України.

More than 1,500 Ukrainian young men and women have graduated from USAID’s Ukrainian Parliament Internship Program over the past 20 years, with about 30 percent staying to work within the country’s executive or parliamentary branches.

Oksana Yurynets was one of only two women elected to Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in by-district races in 2014. By gaining the skills to become a political leader, she challenged gender stereotypes and broke new ground, and Ukrainians elected a new Parliament that looked markedly different from previous legislatures.

Олена*, власниця невеликого родинного магазину, посміхається, відкриваючи двері покупцям.

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Last updated: August 07, 2014