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.

Sewage management is one of Afghanistan’s biggest environmental and health challenges. Currently, sewage from homes, businesses and industrial sites is discharged directly into the streets and local waterways. Most municipalities have limited or no treatment capacity and so the sewage inevitably enters the groundwater, contaminating wells and spreading disease.

It might have seemed an enormous leap of faith for Nazifa Ufyani to resign her bank job and start a pickle factory in her kitchen with just $50 as seed capital.

USAID and the WFP are working together on a program that feeds the large refugee population while supporting smallholder farmers within Rwanda. 

Rich natural resources enable Georgia to produce high-quality vegetables, yet Georgians have long depended on imports from neighboring countries, especially during the off-season. The country's 2010 off-season tomato and cucumber crops were enough to cover only about 3 percent of local consumption, while the rest was imported.

The food voucher card is part of WFP’s USAID-supported emergency operation in 14 drought-hit provinces in northern and central Afghanistan.

Motivated and informed teachers influence student achievement. USAID is helping to inspire Georgian teachers through innovative training designed to increase primary school students’ reading and math skills.

In April 2013, USAID, through its Georgia Primary Education (G-PriEd) project, kicked off its training for grade 1-6 math and reading teachers from 122 Georgian language and ethnic minority primary schools. Over 1,200 primary teachers, including 167 from ethnic minority schools, are participating in the training program during the project’s 2013-2014 pilot phase. 

For four days, Jalalabad’s schoolchildren picked up and threw away, clearing the litter from their city’s streets and demonstrating the positive effects of a sustained campaign of community service.

Afghan women have limited opportunities to work outside the family home. Those who take the initiative and start a business, find themselves disadvantaged because they lack knowhow and the networking opportunities available to male counterparts.

Across Kosovo, there is no missing the thousands of children. Kosovo isn’t just one of Europe’s poorest countries, it’s also the youngest. More than 35 percent of its population is under 18. 

Just 10 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 5 attend preschool. Among 5- and 6-year-olds, 70 percent go to school, below the 100 percent target. While tradition accounts in part for the low participation rates, insufficient capacity also plays a role. Indeed, parents say it is harder to get into a public kindergarten than into the University of Prishtina.


Last updated: January 20, 2015