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.

Potholes and rough roads can take their toll on cars and trucks, especially when they are used multiple times a day. Abdullah Sharari has worked in the tire maintenance industry for over 30 years and knows the industry like the back of his hand.

Rexhep Kameraj, Leonora Javori, Blerona Tmava, and Afrim Berisha are all “super changers,” or some of the most engaged participants on the online platform Fole n’Fole (Speak in the Nest). There, young people are free to post articles and discuss their opinions on politics and other social topics such as opportunities at school and university. There are over 600 active members on the site, with posts and debates happening regularly.

August 2016—While rapid construction after the war in Kosovo supported increased urbanization, it also resulted in many buildings that were built without a permit. This compromised the property market and contributed to insecure property tenure because unpermitted buildings cannot be registered in the cadastre or lawfully transferred, occupied or encumbered.

July 2016—Halima Sahim, a 22-year-old native of Lamitan City, Basilan, in Mindanao, used to live without much hope for her future. The third of five siblings, she had to stay home to look after her younger brother and sister instead of finishing her education. She dreamt of getting a degree, but her family could not afford to put her through school.

Still, Sahim held onto her belief that poverty should not be a barrier to success. She wanted to prove to her younger siblings and other youth from her community that a brighter future awaits them.

After attending a USAID-supported study tour in the United States, Vitaly Zhukovich, director of a school in Zditovo village, Belarus, worked with local leaders, teachers and students to transform the school into an innovative community center promoting social, cultural and sporting events.

July 2016—“No words can describe how it feels to see pupils who could hardly read become fluent readers,” explains Ibrahim Dakane, a teacher from Wajir County, in the mostly arid and semi-arid areas of northern Kenya. The lowest literacy rates persist in communities largely inhabited by nomadic people.  

July 2016—Dairy farmers from the Siongiroi Dairy Farmers Cooperative in Kenya are enjoying increased profits after adopting a mobile app that helps them get better value for their milk. It also helps them generate more income and gain better access to financial services and animal health products and services.

Many rural dairy farmers like Salim Ng’etich from Bomet County incur losses caused by inaccurate milk weighing and recording as well as brokers who buy the milk at low prices.

Июнь, 2016 – Благодаря стажировке в США психолог из Беларуси смогла осуществить идеи реализации программы поддержки детей, оставшихся без попечения родителей, чем изменила жизни многих сорот в Беларуси.

Червень 2016 — Валентина М.* – вісімдесятирічна колишня мешканка селища Семенівка, а тепер переселенка у м. Слов’янськ, хата якої згоріла через обстріли у 2014 році – за допомогою юристів проекту USAID «Права людини в дії» виграла судову справу у держави про компенсацію за житло, зруйноване під час АТО.   Це перша в Україні прецедентна справа, яка, як сподіваються юристи, стане прикладом для наслідування для інших громадян, майно яких було пошкоджене або зруйноване внаслідок бойових дій.


Last updated: August 10, 2016