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.

The citizens of Nauta, a town in the Peruvian Amazon about two hours south of Iquitos, suffer from high rates of poverty and malnutrition and their economic opportunities are limited. Traditionally, Nauta’s women were absent from political forums.

That is, until a few years ago, when Maria Tereza Sangama, a mother and community activist, and her fellow Nautinas decided to play a greater role in addressing issues such as domestic violence, trafficking in persons, and childhood malnutrition.

During the 2011 political crisis in Yemen, militants seized control of the southern governorate of Abyan. Many of them set up camps in schools, particularly in the capital, Zingibar. More than 200,000 residents fled to nearby governorates as clashes between Islamic militants and security forces, government airstrikes, banditry and illegal checkpoints made Abyan a no man’s land.

It was a tough competition of nearly 400 exhibitors at the Ambienta 2012 trade fair in Zagreb, Croatia. And a firm from Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina—Rattan Sedia Co.—won the prestigious “Mobil Optimum 2012” Golden Plaque and Diploma award for the design and quality of products from its OPLETTI furniture collection.

مع تصاعد وتيرة الأزمة السورية يتصاعد باستمرار عدد الأفراد الذين أصبحوا بحاجة للمساعدات الإنسانية إلى 3.9 مليون، أي ما يعادل أكثر من 04 بالمائة من إجمالي نسبة سكان سوريا. ومع الإقبال السريع لفصل الشتاء أصبحت هذه الأرقام المذهلة تعكس ضرورة أهمية تهيئة السوريين لاستقبال الشتاء المقبل.

In the rural district of Mokhotlong in Lesotho, Momotaung* wakes up early to prepare for another arduous, two-hour trip to the hospital for her checkup. 

The crisis in Syria continues to escalate and 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than 40 percent of the country’s total population. With winter fast approaching, these staggering numbers speak to the urgency of preparing Syrians for the upcoming cold weather.

On Aug. 18, 2011, Jonise* and her son, John Werley*, traveled to Hôpital Evangélique in Bombardopolis, a small town in Haiti’s northwest region known for its difficult terrain. Jonise was making a routine visit to the clinic to receive her monthly supply of medication. The mood was tense. Jonise, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2005, lived in anticipation of the day her 11-month-old son would be tested for HIV.

On his first birthday, Sept. 15, 2011, the 12-month wait was over. John Werley was tested at the clinic at Bombardopolis. His test results showed no sign of HIV.

Guyana, a small country in the Caribbean, now benefits from a 21st century supply chain that provides health commodities, including safe and effective antiretroviral drugs for Guyanese who are living with HIV, and reliable kits to test those at risk.

The new supply chain was made possible by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s Supply Chain Management System, which is managed by USAID.

A daylong “Fair Play, Fair Childhood” charity basketball event in August 2013 will shine in the hearts and minds of children from around Bosnia and Herzegovina for a long time to come.

USAID organized the event with the Basketball Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as part of the Agency’s summer campaign to promote fair play and equal access to education for children of all ethnicities and with all levels of ability.


Last updated: August 11, 2014