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.

To provide fair, transparent and equal access to higher education in the Kyrgyz Republic, the independent Center for Educational Assessment and Teaching Methods developed the National Scholarship Test (NST) in 2002, the results of which solely determine a student’s admission to university. However, widespread reports of corruption during the admissions period suggest that students and parents are allegedly required to "buy" entry into state institutions of higher education.

Improving milk collection and processing systems is vital to further developing Ukraine’s agricultural sector. Eighty percent of milk in Ukraine is produced by small-scale producers who, in most cases, do not coordinate their efforts, which impacts the quantity and quality of milk production.

Yulia Khvatik is a leader in developing legal clinics in Belarus, which allow law students to develop practical skills under the mentorship of professional lawyers and professors while also providing pro bono legal services to socially disadvantaged citizens. Much of what she has accomplished results from a USAID study tour to the United States, where she observed the functioning of legal clinics.

В настоящее время Юлия Хватик возглавляет движение, целью которого является создание в Беларуси сети юридических клиник. Подобные клиники дают возможность студентам, изучающим право,  развивать практические навыки под руководством профессиональных юристов и одновременно на безвозмездной основе оказывать незащищенным группам населения юридическую поддержку. Многое из того, чего достигла Юлия, является результатом ее участия в стажировке в США, организованной Агентством США по международному развитию (USAID).

Vladyslav* first tested positive for HIV in late 2012. At the time of his diagnosis, his immune system was already extremely compromised, which placed him at risk for numerous opportunistic infections. Of particular concern to Vladyslav was the fact that his wife was infected with tuberculosis (TB).

When Vladyslav developed a cough that persisted for more than three weeks, he visited his infectious disease specialist, who discovered that Vladyslav had also been suffering from a low-grade fever. Recognizing these symptoms, Vladyslav’s doctor suspected TB.

In the Kenscoff mountains above Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a busy school kitchen is running more efficiently, saving money and protecting the environment. The Ecole Fondamentale d'Application et Centre d'Appui Pédagogique (EFACAP) switched from charcoal to propane for all its cooking needs in September 2013.

وكجزءٍ من الجهد المتواصل لتلبية الاحتياجات الإنسانية الأكثر أهمية للملايين من الناس داخل سوريا، يقوم مكتب المساعدات الأمريكية الخارجية للكوارث التابع للوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية، يقوم بتوفير الخدمات الطبية النفسية والاجتماعية من خلال العيادات المتنقلة والمراكز الصحية للمرأة ومن خلال العاملين في مجال التوعية، وذلك بهدف مساعدة السوريين في التعامل مع الضغوط الناجمة عن الصراع وحالات النزوح.

As one part of an ongoing effort to meet the most critical humanitarian needs of millions of people inside Syria, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance helps provide psychosocial services through women's health centers, mobile clinics,and outreach workers to help Syrians deal with the stresses of conflict and displacement.

Michel Dorlean, a Haitian flower producer, grew up learning the family business by planting flowers on traditional hillside plots in the mountainous village of Furcy, near Port-au-Prince. But the hillside locations leave flowers vulnerable to excessive heat, wind, humidity and rain. Dorlean used to lose more than 8 percent of his yields to weather.

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Last updated: January 15, 2015