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.

Knowledge about family planning and reproductive health is growing in Ukraine thanks to a small former USAID grantee that has grown into an important regional change-maker.

Medicine figured prominently in Neema Shosho’s family growing up in Dodoma, Tanzania. Her mother was a nurse and her brother, a doctor. When she was a young girl, family talk about food and nutrition was just that—talk. Now, Shosho is as much a participant in the conversations as the rest of her family.

In the minds of many young Tanzanians aged 18 to 35, farming does not offer the economic opportunities or the attractive lifestyle many aspire to achieve. This sentiment is best encapsulated in the lyrics of the popular post-World War I song, “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?).

Prokurorja e Shtetit e Kosovës Laura Pula i bëri disa t’i ngrisin vetullat kur e përfundoi së voni një fjalim para studentëve të juridikut më këtë citim nga autori i Lord of the Flies William Golding, por ajo sigurisht që tërhoqi vëmendjen e tyre.

Državni tužilac Ljaura Pulja naterala je neke da se namršte kada je nedavno završila svoj govor pred studentima prava sa ovim citatom iz dela Gospodar muva autora Vilijama Goldinga, ali je zasigurno privukla njihovu pažnju.

Thanks to the Women’s Peace Banks Project, the two women of different nationalities continue to work together and help build community trust demonstrating that ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks can be good friends and work together supporting each other in everyday life. 

I am interested in helping young children to become readers and writers,” says Pricille Uzanyinzoga, a first grade teacher at Remera Catholic, an elementary school in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. Teaching children to read and write Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s official language, is something Uzanyinzoga has been doing since 2003.

The last 15 years have not been easy since Ruth Dusabe, who lives in Kicukiro on the outskirts of Rwanda's capital, lost her husband Gilbert to illness. Until his death, Gilbert had been the sole breadwinner for their family, which made his death not only emotionally heartbreaking, but a serious economic challenge for Dusabe and her four young children. At the time, she could not afford to rent a house, and even feeding the family was a daunting task without access to land.

Squalid living conditions and social inequality in western Kazakhstan, against a backdrop of highly-profitable oil and gas extraction operations, has been inciting public tensions and dissatisfaction with the government and oil companies. Lack of effective dialogue between communities, civil society, government bodies and large commercial investors has added to the tensions.


Last updated: March 30, 2015