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.

În fiecare dimineață, Andrei Copaci, un băiat de 13 ani din Chișinău, își începe ziua cu programarea unui robot. La micul dejun, el îl antrenează să-i transmită legumele sau să rezolve cubul Rubik. Pentru școala și comunitatea sa, Andrei a construit și a programat roboți să efectueze sarcini pentru reducerea consumului de energie, precum apinderea și stingerea luminii.

Romyla Macanas and Ella Maeh Lopez know how essential clean water is for good hygiene. The two teenagers are in the 10th grade at Tolosa National High School in Leyte province in the central region of the Philippines.

Rowena Dulfo has devoted herself to teaching for almost 25 years. In addition to being a parent of four children, she serves as a mentor and second mother to hundreds of elementary pupils at the Batug Elementary School in Leyte province in the central region of the Philippines.

Disa skaje të qyteteve kryesore të Kosovës mund të ngatërrohen lehtë me Milanon ose Parisin, me dyqane të ndritshme të dizajnerëve dhe me plotë butikë nëpër rrugë. Por, ndryshe nga Milanoja dhe Parisi—të cilat tërheqin dizajnerë nga e mbarë bota —dizajnerët e Kosovës janë të gjithë vendas dhe e çojnë përpara historinë e pasur dyqindvjeçare të punës me tekstil.

Some corners of Kosovo’s major cities could easily be mistaken for Milan or Paris, with flashy designer shops and boutiques lining the streets. But unlike Milan and Paris—which attract designers from all over the world—Kosovo’s designers are all home-grown and draw from a rich 200-year history in textiles.

Bibi Khairulnesah, who recently earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Kabul, is one of three young graduates participating in a pilot internship program designed to help women launch successful careers in nontraditional occupations such as architecture, engineering, and business administration.

It’s barely daybreak when Ms. Golsom Shojaee sets off on a motorcycle across the mountains of central Afghanistan. Her husband, Mohammad, is the designated driver. Her mission is to ensure remote community-based education centers are operating smoothly.

Najila Danishjo is only 20 years old but is fully committed to helping the women of her country. The young teacher has fought furiously to arrive at where she is now: a trainee in the USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) ‘Royesh’ pre-service delivery program.

Companies ranging from business startups to corporate heavyweights are driving economic growth and creating jobs in Afghanistan, but obtaining a business license in the country has been a lengthy and costly process, frustrating even determined investors.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015