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.

In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, fewer than one out of every five married women use family planning. An additional 16 percent of women want to delay or limit childbearing, but are not using contraception. Limited access to family planning prevents women from safely spacing their pregnancies, fuels unsustainable population growth, and puts the health of women and children at risk.

Driton Obërtinca lost his vision at the age of 18, a challenge that has only served to embolden the ambitious young man. A third-year law student at the University of Prishtina, Obërtinca is also the chairman of the Youth Forum for Sports Affairs of Kosovo’s Association for the Blind.

Recurrent clashes in Guinea’s forests have become a deep source of concern. Home to 25 percent of the country’s population and the majority of its extractive wealth, the region is marked by high levels of unemployment and poverty, ethnic division and a history of conflict imported from neighboring countries. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in recent violence.

Dy sipërmarrës të rinj bujqësor, që rishtazi kanë kryer fakultetin, janë duke shijuar frytet e punës së tyre: rendimente rekorde të dredhëzës. Mirëpo, tregimi i suksesit të tyre përfshinë më tepër se arsimimin e tyre formal.

Dvojica mladih poljoprivrednih preduzetnika, sa nedavno završenim fakultetom, uživaju u plodovima svoga rada: rekordnom prinosu jagoda. Ali priča o njihovim uspesima sadrži vise od formalnog obrazovanja.

Более 20000 белорусских детей живет в семьях из групп риска. Их родители испытывают затруднения в надлежащем исполнении родительских обязанностей, удовлетворении основных потребностей ребенка и должном контроле за ним. Если на раннем этапе своего развития дети подвергались насилию и были лишены родительской заботы, то в дальнейшем эти обстоятельства негативно сказываются на их физическом, эмоциональном и интеллектуальном развитии. 

In western Côte d'Ivoire, disputes over land ownership frequently lead to violence. Informal land lease or sale arrangements, especially when involving individuals not considered indigenous to the community, generate feelings of resentment and exploitation that sometimes boil over into open conflict. But two villages recently chose a different path to resolve their disputes

A new conservation law criminalizing wildlife poaching was enacted in Mozambique in June of this year. But while the passage of new laws receives much attention, the hard work of implementation often does not.

Since the conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013, nearly 1,200 schools in the most conflict-affected states have closed. An additional 400,000 children and adolescents have dropped out due to the crisis, and some 90 schools are occupied by fighting forces or internally displaced persons.

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Last updated: September 28, 2016