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.

People walk all over Mohammad Reza’s business, and he couldn’t be happier about it. His company, based in Kabul, was recently awarded a large contract to produce more than 300,000 square feet of mosaic tile to pave nearly 4.5 miles of sidewalk in the city.

Twenty-year old Shakila has never enjoyed the casual warmth and style of a cashmere sweater. “Keeping goats and sheep for more than a decade I honestly didn’t recognize its value,” she told an interviewer visiting northern Jowzjan province recently.

June 2016—A work/study tour to the United States has enabled a Belarusian psychologist to turn a vision to help neglected children in her home country into a reality, changing the course of thousands of young lives.

Roya, a 40-year-old mother of nine, is the sole provider for her children. She works throughout the day to bake the distinctive Afghan flatbread known as naan in a windowless room. Her face is swaddled in a covering both white with flour and dark with soot.

For the first time in 20 years, a road running through Kosovo’s northwestern village of Banjskë/Banjska has been repaired, enabling the village’s community of Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs to come closer together.

Most Afghans enjoy candy with their tea every day. The market for candy is strong.

Abdul Hadi has been farming for almost 10 years in his Southern Kandahar village. Tending his crops, however, was always a struggle because of the decrepit irrigation infrastructure available to the area. “Less than half of the farmers could afford to irrigate their farmland by water-pumps and the rest of the lands were left barren. Even some of the farmers were obligated to leave their villages”, Hadi asserted during a rare break from surveying his crops. The winter is particularly difficult for Hadi because like most area farmers, he cannot grow and is forced to purchase imported vegetables from Pakistan.

June 2016—Eighty-year-old Valentina M.* lived in the small rural community of Semenivka in Ukraine’s conflict-torn Donetsk region until military shelling during an anti-terrorist operation destroyed her home in 2014. In a groundbreaking case, Valentina won a court verdict to receive compensation from the Government of Ukraine for the damage inflicted on the house.

Valentina’s lawyers from the USAID Human Rights in Action project hope the case will set a precedent for others whose property was damaged or destroyed by military action.

Більше 1 500 молодих хлопців і дівчат стали випускниками програми стажування у Парламенті України, яка впроваджується за підтримки USAID впродовж останніх 20 років. Близько 30% з них залишилося працювати в органах державної влади або Верховній Раді України.

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Last updated: August 23, 2016