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.

While news headlines in the recent past have been dominated by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, many people may not be aware of another virus in the region that can cause serious illness and even death—Lassa fever.

With preschools and kindergartens often filled past capacity in Kosovo, it is especially difficult for single parents to arrange child care. But now some cities are offering free child care, to the benefit of children and parents alike. It all began with a discussion of social issues.

South Sudan now has more children not attending school than any other country, according to the United Nations—1.8 million children aged 6 to 15.

Under the afternoon sun in the Philippines, harvested grain lays on a solar dryer before processing in a rice mill. Three feet away from the mounds of grain, Anna Grace Cabillo, secretary of the Kasaganahan Irrigators Association Inc., keeps watch.

Demand for wildlife products in China and Southeast Asia is driving many species toward extinction. Taking the spotlight off themselves, celebrities in the region are helping to shine a light on the issue.

Mangrove trees serve as a buffer between land and sea in Cambodia, helping to prevent soil erosion and protect livelihoods. They are also vital to conserving the environment because they serve as a carbon “sink”—storing more carbon than they release.

Two-wheel tractors are changing the landscape for Afghan farmers in more ways than one. They're changing the types of crops farmers grow, the cost to grow them, and the amount of income from crop sales and agricultural services.

Internships are providing women engineering students in Afghanistan with the experience they need to compete for jobs in a profession dominated by men.

Лютий 2016— Доступність до медичних закладів в Україні може покращитися лише коли медперсонал краще зрозуміє, з якими обмеженнями у пересуванні стикаються люди з інвалідністю.

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Last updated: June 22, 2016