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.

April 2014—The Karenni, a traditionally marginalized population in Burma, have not typically engaged the Burmese government on problems and prospective solutions. But last year, over 200 Karenni youth from Kayah, Kayin and Shan states demonstrated courage and leadership by proactively discussing peace, reform and local development in a public space.

April 2014—Burma’s transition to democracy is evident in new laws and freedoms, but old ways of doing business continue to slow reform and distance citizens from their government. Burmese citizens who need support from governmental offices are often met with outmoded and archaic systems and bureaucracies that have not kept pace with reforms.

Цілеспрямованість спеціаліста і експертна підтримка Проекту USAID допоможе краще виявляти туберкульоз у Запорізькій області.

Україна є однією з тих країн, що приваблюють біженців з усіх куточків світу. Іммігранти мають відмінну від української систему цінностей і стикаються з безліччю проблем, пристосовуючись до нового життя в нових громадах. Багато бібліотек в Україні сьогодні стають другим домом для представників різноманітних етнічних громад, допомагаючи їм адаптуватися до нових культурних реалій.

April 2014On a hill amidst unkempt grass and wild vegetation on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, stands a shabby-looking wooden hut surrounded by banana trees and other makeshift shelters. A few feet below, a middle-aged woman is attending to a few customers that come to buy items at her food stand. Her name is Honorine Raveloarisoa, and the hut is her home.

Her life has substantially improved thanks to a USAID-funded food security program.

April 2014—The Ghori and the Qashqa, two sub-tribes of the Taimani Ha tribe in the Chaghcharan district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, have been in violent conflict since 1984. The conflict began with the murders of prominent leaders from both sides, and an ongoing cycle of violent retaliations has led to countless more deaths, injuries and displacements of district residents.

While there have been sporadic calls for calm and lulls in the violence, the two sides could never manage to end the bloodletting and bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion.

Komisije za rodnu ravnopravnost su zvanična tela Vlade čiji je zadatak da osiguraju da prava žena budu poštovana.  Komisije edukuju lokalne vlasti o potrebi kreiranja rodno osetljivih politika kako bi bili sprovedeni u delo važni elementi Nacionalne strategije za rodnu ravnopravnost, usvojene u februaru 2009. godine.

Troubled by the lack of opportunity for women to participate in sports activities and concerned about potential health risks to young women not engaged in athletics, the Gender Equality Commission in Topola, Serbia, recently sprang into action. Gender Equality Commissions (GECs) are formal government bodies tasked with ensuring that women’s rights are protected. They educate local officials about the need for gender-sensitive policymaking in order to implement important elements of the National Strategy on Gender Equality, which was adopted in February 2009.

April 2014—Some health facilities are abuzz with health workers attending to patients at every corner. But, the Kyaango dispensary in rural Kitui County, Kenya, has only one health worker.

Lenah Gatwiri is the village’s only registered community health nurse, serving more than 6,000 people. Since her first day at work in 2011, Gatwiri has committed to ensuring the community has access to much-needed health care.


Last updated: January 14, 2015