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 May 2015, Varvara Aleksandrova of the Belarus city of Vitebsk was searching for employment. To bolster her chances, she took a course on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. In August 2015, she opened a beauty salon, creating 10 new jobs.

Situated on the Philippines’ eastern coast, the Bicol region experiences typhoons, flash floods, strong winds, thunderstorms and droughts. Now occurring more frequently and with greater intensity, these hazards are seriously disrupting lives.

The Burgunske Farm in Ukraine’s Kherson oblast may finally realize a long-held ambition to become the leading fruit producer of the region. The farm increased its area of irrigated land fourfold—from 115 hectares to between 430 and 545 hectares—by constructing a new water supply pipeline.

Hanna*, a former injection drug user and person living with HIV in Ukraine, was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2008. When she was arrested in 2009, she had already undergone three months of TB treatment. She initially served her time at a specialized TB penal colony in Ternopil and then moved to a regular female penal colony in Kharkiv oblast.

После участия в программе профессионально-культурного обмена Виталий Жукович, директор средней школы  д. Здитово, объединил учителей, учеников и неравнодушных жителей села в инициативную группу, которая создала на базе школы центр общественного развития для осуществления социальных, культурных и спортивных программ.   

The Serbian Government has made strides in supporting LGBTI rights, most visibly by permitting the Belgrade Pride Parade to take place in 2014 and 2015. The recent parades were largely peaceful, in stark contrast to several previous years when threats of violence caused the event’s cancellation. Though the recent parades were successful for the most part, a number of issues still exist.

Në kopshtin e fëmijëve “Lane” në komunën e Zveçanit, 300 fëmijë mësojnë, luajnë së bashku dhe eksplorojnë botën e tyre me shumë energji dhe kurreshtje. Pavarësisht një mjedisi të shkëlqyer për mësim, pas inspektimit sanitar të kuzhinës kopshti “Lane” është përballur me kërcënimin e mbylljes. Kuzhina thjesht nuk plotësonte standardet minimale të sigurisë së ushqimit.

U vrtiću „LANE“, u kosovskoj opštini Zvečan, 330 mališana se igra i uči zajedno, radoznalo istražujući svet oko sebe. Međutim, uprkos odličnom okruženju za učenje, vrtić „Lane“ se prošle godine, nakon posete sanitarne inspekcije, suočio sa potencijalnim zatvaranjem. Kuhinja jednostavno nije ispunjavala minimalne standarde bezbednosti hrane.

Vira Varyga, an HIV activist in Ukraine, is also a trainer and facilitator at Kyianka+, a self-support and empowerment group for HIV-positive women. She is also HIV-positive, and the associated feelings of stigma and discrimination are familiar to her.

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Last updated: November 03, 2016