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.

Improving economic growth is difficult if half the population is excluded. Sadly, female participation in Kosovo’s workforce is one of the lowest in Europe. However, USAID is assisting women to improve their skills and their incomes.

Classroom instruction doesn’t always prepare students for real world work challenges and conditions, but universities and vocational colleges in Asia’s Lower Mekong subregion are staying ahead of the curve. They are bringing industry and technology into the schools.

Despite a lack of electricity or running water, nine communities in Papua New Guinea’s Almami area of Madang province are taking charge of their environment and providing an example to other communities and their government on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Globally, there are 2.4 billion people without access to safe, clean bathrooms. In Indonesia, this means that one in three people does not have access to a flush toilet, latrine or septic system. Many still defecate in the open.

"Our dreams are very simple. To have a decent living that would allow us to be sufficient and not put out a hand to beg. We want people to look at us as humans, because we’re just like them."

Assem Abdallah, 20, is much like the typical university student in the United States—bright, eager to learn. He was forced to flee his home in Idlib three years ago because of the conflict that has torn his country apart.

Life in southern Syria is not easy. Four years into an ongoing conflict, families struggle every day just to put food on their tables. Village stores have difficulty keeping commodities on the shelves since transportation routes are often disrupted. Even if there is food in stores, families have little money to pay for food.

Today, USAID-funded flour supports more than 230 bakeries across six governorates in Syria, helping them to operate, as well as enabling warehouse workers who collect and distribute bags of flour to continue earning an income.

Uzgoj maline je brzorastuć i unosan posao na Kosovu. Ovo je vrlo dobra vest u zemlji koja ima najvišu stopu nezaposlenosti i jednu od najnižih stopa izvoza u Evropi.


Last updated: January 12, 2015