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.

When Ayugi Stella learned that she had the same rights to inherit land as the men around her, she decided to speak up for herself, her sisters and the other women in her community. Her hard work paid off—she persuaded her father to share his land equally with his children, and now she cultivates 3 acres of her own.

Mwape Kabazo, a 35-year-old mother in Mango village, has seen firsthand how quickly a child’s health can turn. When her 4-year-old son, Kisile Lusinga, began to show signs of malnutrition and his health suffered, she held off on seeking care. However, when his health began to deteriorate, she wondered who to turn to.

For many years, Zimbabweans have been caught in a cycle of drought, poor soil fertility, weak harvests and suffering health. With a potentially record-breaking El Niño weather pattern forecasted for 2016, drought-vulnerable nations across the globe, including Zimbabwe, are bracing for another year of poor rains and dry soil.

In the highlands of Ethiopia, malnutrition affects 44 percent of children under 5, and as many as 81 percent of all cases of child undernutrition go untreated.

In the highlands of Amhara, Ethiopia, nearly 700 kilometers from the country’s capital, families often do not know where their next meal is coming from. In the drought-prone region of northeastern Amhara, households have difficulty accessing basic necessities of food and water due to extreme topography and scarce water resources.

Ai kërkonte një program për të studiuar për auditimin e sistemeve të TI-së, por e kuptoi se në Kosovë nuk ofrohen programe të tilla. Kur dëgjoi për Programin e Lidershipit Transformues të USAID-it, vendosi të aplikoj. Programi ofron mundësi për të studiuar në Shtetet e Bashkuara të Amerikës për Diplomë Master ose për Certifikatë Profesionale.

Tražio je studijski program u oblasti IT revizije, a onda je shvatio da takav ne postoji na Kosovu. Onda, kada je čuo za USAID-ov Program za transformaciono liderstvo (TLP), prijavio se. Program nudi mogućnosti da se studira na univerzitetima u Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama za sticanje master diplome ili profesionalnog uverenja.

Twelve-year-old Orlando Scarlette sounds out each word and reads his book with confidence. You can see the big, bright smile on his face. He is proud of himself because he can read.

The training had a dramatic impact on Abbasi and her work. With three years of experience working at the hospital, she not only had her salary raised, but the program improved her work environment.

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Last updated: February 19, 2016