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.

Aug. 2014—The villages tucked into the hills outside the town of Malishevë/o in central Kosovo are like many in the landlocked country—difficult to access by road—but many who live there prefer the quiet agrarian life to the faster pace of the country’s bigger cities.

However, like many others, the villages of Bubël, Qupeva and Domanek struggled to find a reliable source of drinking water, with residents traveling two kilometers to stand in line for the nearest regulated water source. Only 61 percent of Kosovo’s citizens have regular access to potable water.

August 2014—Shedding the social stigma of being a victim of human trafficking and healing from the trauma of the experience are processes that require significant public support.

USAID, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration in Turkmenistan and other NGOs, supports the organization Yenme to reintegrate victims of human trafficking (VOTs) into society. Now in its fourth year of operation, Yenme is the country’s leading organization in providing rehabilitation assistance to VOTs.

Июль 2014 – Как другая молодежь в ее селе в 16 лет  Адина Базарбаева предполагала, что после окончания школы в конце концов  уедет в Россию в поисках работы. «Я не думала, что могу внести хоть какой-то вклад в общество, -  вспоминает она.  «Я не стремилась к собственному развитию, постановке целей и достижению успеха. Моя жизнь была скучной».

On the edge of the Zomba plateau in southern Malawi, just as the land begins to slope up into an imposing peak, is a pretty patch of land covered with indigenous forests. Past the grass and into the trees there are signs of a careful intervention: a small irrigation canal and a meticulously kept stone wall. A few hundred bees are buzzing.

July 2014—In December 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 civilians and abducted more than 250, including 80 children, in a massacre in Makambo, an isolated village deep in the forested area of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was one of the worst massacres in the LRA’s 23-year history. However, news of the event took three weeks to reach the outside world.

July 2014—Salonga National Park, located in the center of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to the endangered bonobo, one of the closest relatives to humans. This national park, in the heart of the Salonga landscape, is a World Heritage Site and home to significant populations of forest elephants, bongos, pangolins, Congo peacocks and hippopotami.

USAID partners with the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee to collect patrol data and wildlife surveys within the park.

Khrystyna Brzak, 16, is a student at Ukraine’s Kyiv Secondary School #221. As a child, she dreamed of entering the art academy and becoming an artist. Since taking the USAID Financial Literacy Course last year, however, her dreams have changed. She now wants to study finance.

Franco de Jesus, age 37, is a busy man. His weekdays are consumed by his work at a telecommunications company in the Philippines and he devotes his weekends to his family. And so, throughout his entire adult life, de Jesus dreaded paying his real estate property taxes. Each year he would have to spend an entire day at City Hall amid long, tedious lines, which also entailed allotting money for food and transportation and taking a leave of absence from work.

Jomar Francisco and Sylver Peralta are loyal employees of the Pulilan municipal government in the Philippines. They are fascinated by the novel way that they now receive their salaries. Last year, the city introduced a mobile money-enabled payroll system. Francisco and Peralta can now safely and easily receive salaries and make financial transactions through their mobile phones.


Last updated: January 14, 2015