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.

Watering crops can be as easy as riding a bike in Nepal, where farmers are putting low-tech development into motion on two wheels in an effective approach that is being rolled out in other countries in South and Southeast Asia. They are not just spinning their wheels, they are driving farm development forward

Одной из основных угроз для демократии в Кыргызской Республике является коррупция в государственных органах. Принятие решений за закрытыми дверями не способствует подотчетности власти. 

She is from Lib Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which receives on average 20 inches of rain annually. A mother of two young children, she learned to wait out lean times when water was hard to come by and how to cope until the water returned. But one year after the last drought began, the water didn’t return.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, located in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region, is a champion of improving children’s reading skills, especially since a National Achievement Test in 2011 revealed a citywide 20 percent drop in literacy among sixth graders.

Just when she was left with nowhere else to go, Nastya discovered the USAID-sponsored Street Smart program, which provides interventions for youth whose behaviors place them at great risk of becoming infected with HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief , USAID implements Street Smart through a local Odessa NGO called “Vira, Nadiya, Lyubov" (Faith, Hope, Love).

When Iryna* enrolled with an unemployment agency in Ukraine, a routine TB screening detected the infection. Iryna believes she contracted TB in 2012 when she worked as an agricultural worker in Kherson alongside a coworker who was diagnosed with the disease.

Just when she was left with nowhere else to go, Nastya discovered the USAID-sponsored Street Smart program, which provides interventions for youth whose behaviors place them at great risk of becoming infected with HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief , USAID implements Street Smart through a local Odessa NGO called “Vira, Nadiya, Lyubov" (Faith, Hope, Love).

When Dr. Anwanzi Ahui, a physician in Côte d'Ivoire, heard about a private sector network for HIV patients, he was immediately interested. He knew there was great demand for HIV services, so he signed on to be part of the pilot program.

Five years ago, Nefisa Hassen, a 24-year-old farmer from Ethiopia, had her first child at home. The labor and birth were prolonged and difficult. She prayed that, when her time came to deliver, she wouldn’t have complications forcing her to go to the health center. She could not handle the pity of her neighbors if she was unable to have a normal birth, and she wasn’t certain her husband could cover the cost of transportation to the facility.

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Last updated: September 28, 2016