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.

Con gái tôi sinh ra xinh xắn, vậy mà giờ phải sống cảnh tật nguyền, buồn tủi” mẹ chị Phạm Thị Gái (38 tuổi) chia sẻ. Ngay từ nhỏ, chị Gái bị liệt các chi bên trái do bị bại liệt. Cuộc sống mưu sinh từ đó cũng khó khăn hơn với mẹ con chị nơi vùng ven biển thuộc quận Sơn Trà, thành phố Đà Nẵng.

“Running is a great activity, which is why many girls are interested in doing it. Unfortunately, due to socially constructed gender norms imposed on Afghan females, there are not many opportunities to explore different sports,” says Nargis Sharifi, the team facilitator of the Peace Runners.

Школа предпринимателей в сфере высоких технологий впечатляет результатами в Беларуси – и не только. Недавно один из выпускников школы TechMinsk продал свое приложение компании Фейсбук, стартапы других выпускников продолжают развиваться.

The long-awaited dream of Kuban Akmatov has come true—this spring his apple and pear trees bloomed for the first time in a decade.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the high rate of facility-based childbirth presents an excellent opportunity to improve child nutrition by strengthening the counseling and services mothers receive before and after delivery. Although 99 percent of births are attended by a skilled provider, only 60 percent of newborns are breastfed within an hour after birth and only 41 percent of children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed.

Soraya learned to knit from her mother at age 13. However, marriage kept her too busy to take up her childhood hobby. The death of her husband, however, changed her calculation. Facing the need to support her six children, what once was an enjoyable digression became a marketable skill.

Controlling highly contagious diseases in livestock is a significant challenge in maintaining a healthy herd and improving the production of animals. In Afghanistan, livestock are a significant part of the economy and livestock owners are often among the poorest people and make up some of the least food secure households in the country.

Nguyen Thi Quynh Nga understands the important role auditing institutions play in evaluating policy and influencing governmental decisions. She has over 13 years’ experience at the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV).

For one week each month, Clementina Peter Loku, a 56-year-old widow and resident of South Sudan’s capital city of Juba, walks daily to a local training center to take classes on practical life skills—including nutrition, hygiene promotion, home gardening, entrepreneurship and income generation strategies. In exchange, she receives a monthly cash transfer of approximately $45 that allows her to feed her family.

Pages

Last updated: January 12, 2015