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.

Most Afghans enjoy candy with their tea every day. The market for candy is strong.

Abdul Hadi has been farming for almost 10 years in his Southern Kandahar village. Tending his crops, however, was always a struggle because of the decrepit irrigation infrastructure available to the area. “Less than half of the farmers could afford to irrigate their farmland by water-pumps and the rest of the lands were left barren. Even some of the farmers were obligated to leave their villages”, Hadi asserted during a rare break from surveying his crops. The winter is particularly difficult for Hadi because like most area farmers, he cannot grow and is forced to purchase imported vegetables from Pakistan.

June 2016—Eighty-year-old Valentina M.* lived in the small rural community of Semenivka in Ukraine’s conflict-torn Donetsk region until military shelling during an anti-terrorist operation destroyed her home in 2014. In a groundbreaking case, Valentina won a court verdict to receive compensation from the Government of Ukraine for the damage inflicted on the house.

Valentina’s lawyers from the USAID Human Rights in Action project hope the case will set a precedent for others whose property was damaged or destroyed by military action.

Більше 1 500 молодих хлопців і дівчат стали випускниками програми стажування у Парламенті України, яка впроваджується за підтримки USAID впродовж останніх 20 років. Близько 30% з них залишилося працювати в органах державної влади або Верховній Раді України.

More than 1,500 Ukrainian young men and women have graduated from USAID’s Ukrainian Parliament Internship Program over the past 20 years, with about 30 percent staying to work within the country’s executive or parliamentary branches.

Oksana Yurynets was one of only two women elected to Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, in by-district races in 2014. By gaining the skills to become a political leader, she challenged gender stereotypes and broke new ground, and Ukrainians elected a new Parliament that looked markedly different from previous legislatures.

Олена*, власниця невеликого родинного магазину, посміхається, відкриваючи двері покупцям.

“Where we lived before, there were armed groups. We couldn’t live in the same place as them. We made the decision together ... because I have a 6-year-old son, and it wasn’t a good environment for him,” explains Ana*, a refugee mother living in Ecuador’s northern region, where many Colombian refugees cross the border into Ecuador and resettle

Olena*, the owner of a small family-owned shop in Ukraine, smiles as she opens her door to greet customers. Her husband helps her manage the store while their elder daughter bakes cakes popular in this neighborhood. Looking at this happy family, one would not imagine the turmoil it only recently overcame.


Last updated: April 27, 2015