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.

Expanding domestic populations and the influx of refugees from regional conflicts is increasing demand on scarce water resources in Lebanon and across the Middle East. The scarcity is compounded by insufficient and aging infrastructure, which not only fails to adequately deliver clean water to communities, but loses precious water through leaking lines.

Международный Фонд Избирательных Систем (IFES) при поддержке USAID уже более 10 лет реализует проект «Лагерь демократии», в котором участвуют старшеклассники средних школ страны. В лагере участники не только изучают принципы демократии, но и рассматривают возможные стратегии собственного развития и своей страны. Мониторинг последних лет показывает, что ребята с большим удовольствием и интересом вовлекаются в социальную проектную деятельность, превращая свои идеи в  проекты

Rising demand for tasty meals served quickly has paid off for at least one small business owner in Herat, Afghanistan.

«Теперь у меня есть собственное мнение. Раньше я просто слушал других и делал то, что они говорили. Сейчас у меня есть мое собственное точное видение.» - Рамиль.

*Примечание: Имя героя истории изменено в целях защиты личности. 

The judicial system in Kyrgyzstan has long been viewed as a minor player among the more powerful branches of government. Staff turnover is so high that 70 percent of personnel have been with the judicial system for less than five years. Employees work in inadequate conditions and an estimated 90 percent of court buildings are in dire disrepair. Kyrgyzstan’s citizens also report a low regard for the judiciary.

Jamaica has always been vulnerable to extreme weather such as drought and hurricanes, but many people do not make a direct link with climate change. Over the past decade, Jamaica experienced nine natural disasters causing damages estimated at $1.4 billion.

Aug. 2014—Jerome Cowan made a decision to do better for himself—better than what was expected for someone growing up in his neighborhood, Parade Gardens, one of Jamaica’s most violent communities.

Although significant progress has been made on tuberculosis (TB) detection and treatment in Uzbekistan in recent years, TB incidence is estimated at 128 per 100,000 people a year—the fifth highest in the European region. In addition, 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) estimates show that case detection remains low at 48 percent compared with the organization’s recommended level of 70 percent.

Dairy farmers are still struggling to get back on their feet after the record rains, floods and landslides that devastated Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014. The floodwaters receded months ago, but the road to recovery will be difficult and long. Fortunately, the farmers won’t have to walk it alone.

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Last updated: December 30, 2014