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 the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal on April 25, Sita Shrestha knew what to do. She found a place near an inner wall of her house to wait out the shaking with her five-month-old daughter and told her six-year-old son, who was on a different floor, to do the same. When the shaking stopped, Sita grabbed her ‘go bag’—a disaster preparedness kit—and took her children to a safe, open space in the courtyard.

USAID and its partners, including FAO and WHO, have been at the forefront of responding to avian influenza and other emerging pandemic threats. Since 2006, USAID has funded activities to help 20 countries around the world—many in South and Southeast Asia—better control outbreaks with field detection, field sampling and laboratory analysis.

With a largely agricultural economy, Afghanistan is working to build up its institutions to better support the sector and the nation's food security. In the process, women are finding new opportunities to develop professional skills and career paths.

Міський голова Малина Олексій Шостак задоволено посміхнувся, коли зустрів зграйку третьокласників, які вибігали із Малинської середньої школи №1. 

Kur gratë zgjidhen, ato bëhen avokuese për çështje të cilat i prekin të gjithë: shërbimet më të mira shëndetsore, përkujdesja ndaj fëmijëve dhe edukimi, e të tjera. Në Kosovë, sikurse edhe në vendet tjera, gratë shpesh duhet të luftojnë për t’u dëgjuar zëri i tyre nëpër organizata të cilat dominohen nga meshkujt, ku kontributi i tyre mund të hedhet poshtë duke u parë thjeshtë si plotësim i një kuote. 

Kada žene bivaju izabrane, one postaju zagovornice pitanja koja se tiču svakoga: bolja zdravstvena zaštita, briga o deci, i obrazovanje, pored ostalih. Na Kosovu, kao i drugde, žene se često bore kako bi se čuo njihov glas u pretežno muškim organizacijama, gde se njihov doprinos može odbaciti kao puko popunjavanje kvote.

Obare used traditional farming methods—as many farmers in Tanzania do—to plant untreated seeds in sunken beds at random distances apart. These practices, along with the improper use of fertilizers and pesticides, reduce yields, leaving little for sale.

Zulaikha is one of 22,000 community health workers in Afghanistan providing life-saving services to her neighbors. She lives in one of most remote areas of the Bamyan Province. It is almost an hour and a half to the nearest health clinic, making Zulaikha the closest health worker for 62 households in her village. Zulaikha takes her role seriously; she says “I always want my villagers, especially mothers and children, to be healthy.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, one of the poorest former Soviet republics, people face many social and economic problems. The most dire circumstances are found in remote mountainous regions of the country. However, lack of finance is not always the main challenge. Sometimes people lack knowledge, experience and confidence that they can solve their problems by themselves.


Last updated: January 14, 2015