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.

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.

At a time when official public communication between Pristina and Belgrade officials and political leaders from northern Kosovo and officials south of the river Ibar/Ibër is almost only held at a high political level, a successful attempt to involve Kosovo citizens in talks between these parties certainly is quite an achievement.

On a sunny afternoon in 2012, Ileana Araceli Hernandez, deputy attorney general for Mexico's state of Oaxaca, was busy studying the documents spread over a large table in her office. But this was not her usual bundle of legal papers: They were large-scale architectural drawings mapping out the state’s first Women’s Justice Center.

“This will be the reception, and this will be where we look after victims of domestic violence,” explains Hernandez, running a finger over several details on the plans.

Mexicali police and prosecutors felt they had reason to be proud when they brought Pedro Ramos before a judge on suspicion of armed robbery and rape. They knew they had pulled off a meticulous operation with exceptional speed and efficiency. "This arrest was possible because of very tight collaboration between municipal police, investigative police and prosecutors," said María Coronado, a prosecutor at the Sexual Crimes Unit in Mexicali. "It was made possible by changes in the system."

María and Juan Pablo* never imagined they would meet face-to-face and reconcile their past. They never dreamed they would find peace after tragedy.

For months, María had been obsessed with avenging the death of her 5-year-old son, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Mexico. She paid no heed to how her vengeful feelings were affecting her life. "I just wanted to find the person who had killed my son and make him pay," she said.

Nematullah Ayobi decided to start a chicken business in 2007, never imagining that six years on, he would be the largest poultry supplier in Herat province. Today, Toyoran-e-Ayobi has a thriving trade selling whole chickens, quarters and breasts through a network of retailers and supplying wedding halls and restaurants as well. 


Last updated: January 16, 2015