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.

Istog/Istok in northwest Kosovo is one of the country’s most remote municipalities. With the region’s approximately 40,000 residents spread across the town and its 50 surrounding villages, agriculture and tourism form the basis of its developing economy.

Микола Полицький, голова кооперативу «Золота бджола», був у захваті від перспективи експорту меду на ринки країн західної Європи в рамках анонсованої Україною Угоди про асоціацію з ЄС та відповідно Угоди про поглиблену і всеохоплюючу зону вільної торгівлі (ПВЗВТ), підписання яких планувалось Урядом України. 

For the past two decades, Natalia Bogdanova grew vegetables on her half-acre plot in Ukraine’s village of Mala Kardashynka in Kherson oblast. She built several plastic-covered greenhouses on her property to protect her seedlings from hail, strong winds and mild frost. But recent unseasonably cold winters extended into early spring, overwhelming the basic greenhouses and reducing cucumber and tomato yields.

31-річний Сергій заходить до офісу Всеукраїнської мережі ЛЖВ (Мережа) у Кривому Розі з широкою посмішкою і словами вдячності. І хоча він вже не є клієнтом Мережі, проте часто з’являється там, щоб подякувати за підтримку і турботу, яку він тут отримував.  

Seven-year-old Bridget Mandalai stood quietly next to her father, Hardwick, waiting patiently as a long line of people trailed behind them. The rainy season was over but winter’s coolness was still far off, and green grass was yielding to the ubiquitous red dust that defines Malawi’s dry season. To pass the time, Bridget bent down, picked up a stick, and started making shapes in a patch of dirt. The shapes turned into letters that turned into words, and her father watched with amazement.

Ukrainian honey producers were on the verge of expanding into new markets when their plans came to a sudden halt due to political developments. But that’s not stopping the forward motion of the determined venturists.

April 2015When Tho Nguyen was born 10 years ago in Danang, Vietnam, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy—a congenital condition resulting from abnormal brain development that affects muscle coordination and movement. Cerebral palsy is a non-life threatening but permanent condition that can be challenging to manage, especially for poor families.

Кыргызстан одна из стран с самым высоким бременем туберкулеза (ТБ) в Европе; расчетная заболеваемость составляет 141 случаев туберкулеза и 9,5 смертей на 100 000 населения. В соответствии с последними данными распространенность туберкулеза с множественной лекарственной устойчивостью (МЛУ-ТБ) составляет 26 процентов среди впервые выявленных больных туберкулезом.


Local government representatives in Malawi are being held accountable for their performance and, since their election last year, things are looking up, at least according to reports from one ward.


Last updated: April 08, 2015