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.

With nearly 200 families, Babin Most/Babimoc is one of the most populated Kosovo Serb villages in the municipality of Obilić/Obiliq. There is only one elementary school in the village, attended by 98 students and preschool children. Although the children are keen to learn, the school is lacking equipment, while the building is in poor condition and hasn’t seen any recent investment.

Da bi izdržavao svoju devetočlanu porodicu, Rahim Šerif radi 11 sati dnevno, prekopavajući smetlišta po Bujanovcu u potrazi za materijalima za reciklažu.

Jednog dana obilazi javna smetlišta, drugog dana industrijske otpade ali gde god se nalazio stalno je izložen otrovnim hemikalijama i zaraznim bakterijama.

To support his nine-member family, Rahim Serif works 11 hours a day, digging through Bujanovac’s rubbish in search of recyclable materials.

Some days he scours landfills; other days he visits industrial complexes. Although the locations differ, Serif is constantly exposed to poisonous chemicals and bacteria that cause disease.

Serbian shoe and textile manufacturers are negotiating nearly $2.2 million worth of orders following their debuts at German and Russian trade shows, appearances made possible through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) assistance.

Since 2009, trade fairs have brought $14.1 million in new sales to USAID-supported companies based in Serbia’s South and Sandzak regions. For these two regions, among Serbia’s most economically disadvantaged, the returns helped companies survive the economic crisis, enter export markets, and create jobs. Yet, USAID recognized that one-time sales would not ensure long-term company stability nor create the market diversity and growing profits to protect them and the regions from economic volatility.

Farida Azizi says she is determined to use her newly honed communications skills to improve the reality of women’s lives in Kushk Rabat-e Sangi, a rural district in western Afghanistan. At least some of her resolve stems from the training she has received in effective ways to communicate with the local authorities.

Labaabe Baala in central Afghanistan did not have access to clean safe drinking water after its only well became unusable. The villagers expected the government to repair it because they did not have the knowledge and resources to do so themselves.

Në kohën kur komunikimi zyrtar publik në mes të zyrtarëve të Prishtinës dhe Beogradit, si dhe liderëve politik të veriut të Kosovës dhe zyrtarëve në jug të lumit Ibër, është mbajtur pothuajse vetëm në nivelin e lartë politik, një përpjekje e suksesshme për përfshirjen e qytetarëve të Kosovës në biseda të lira rreth temave për të cilat mezi komunikonin palët e sipërpërmendura, padyshim se është një arritje e konsiderueshme.

U periodu kada se javna komunikacija između zvaničnika Prištine i Beograda, i političkih lidera sa severa Kosova i zvaničnika južno od reke Ibar, vodi gotovo isključivo na visokom političkom nivou, uspešan pokušaj da se u ove razgovore uključe i građani Kosova, svakako predstavlja dostignuće.


Last updated: September 23, 2016