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.

When Dinh Thi Yen Ly’s 18-year-old son, Nguyen Dang Khoa, told her he was gay, she felt they were the most painful words she had ever heard. She didn’t understand what it meant for him or for her family; she thought being gay was a sickness. And Ly was not alone. Some studies show that many parents in Vietnam still think homosexuality is a disease, a trend or an abnormality.

Në shtator të vitit 2008, 60 përqind e komuniteteve rurale në Kosovë nuk kishin ujë të pastër për pije. Atëherë USAID-i u angazhua për t’u dale në ndihmë, me 5 milion dollarë amerikan dhe një plan trevjeçar.

U septembru 2008. godine, 60 odsto seoskih zajednica na Kosovu nije imalo čistu vodu za piće. Tada je USAID stupio na scenu, sa investicijom od 5 miliona američkih dolara i trogodišnjim planom.    

Two young agricultural entrepreneurs in Kosovo, both fresh out of college, are enjoying the fruits of their labor: record-breaking yields of strawberries. But the story of their success involves more than formal education.

In southern Guinea, many poor families have a small amount of land to grow food and constantly struggle to feed themselves. Telimélé's climate is tropical and humid, with regular rainfall during the growing season. The main economic agricultural activity is pepper farming. However, the environment is perfect for another crop with export potential—ginger.

For over a decade, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has attempted—largely unsuccessfully—to enhance security and earn citizen trust through meaningful police reform. Like other post-Soviet states, the Kyrgyz Republic inherited a large police structure that has, since independence, been used to suppress dissentfrequently through the intimidation of opposition politicians, media and civil society. Now, however, the status quo appears to be changing.

In September 2008, 60 percent of rural communities in Kosovo did not have clean drinking water. That’s when USAID stepped in with a $5 million investment and a three-year plan.

По сравнению с другими ветвями власти, бюджет судебной системы является самым низким, с наиболее невысоким показателем в расчете на каждого работника. 

Studies have shown that communities living adjacent to forests are among the poorest. Mount Nimba communities in eastern Sierra Leone are no exception. Their dependence on the forest for survival impacts negatively on biodiversity. Timber harvest and charcoal production have been regular activities of the local inhabitants for years. Areas that were previously covered with forests are now deserted and prone to bushfires, all exacerbated by livestock rearing.


Last updated: March 22, 2016