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.

Access to safe drinking water is critical to a community’s health and livelihood. But in rural Ethiopia, many communities lack such access. Even reaching a source of water can take several hours on foot. And these distant water sources often have to be shared with livestock, resulting in unsafe water.

ერაბ შავაძე და მისი ვაჟი, გიორგი სამხრეთ ოსეთთან, საზღვრისპირას მდებარე სოფელში ცხოვრობენ. იქ, სადაც საქართველოს უახლოეს ისტორიაში მოსახლეობამ ყველაზე მეტი დარტყმა განიცადა. რუსეთთან 2008 წლის ომის შედეგად ხალხმა იძულებით დატოვა სახლები, გაიყო ოჯახები, მეზობლები და შეფერხდა ეკონომიკური განვითარება.  დღეისათვის, საქართველოს ტერიტორიის 20% ოკუპირებულია რუსეთის მიერ და მძიმეა მათი ყოფა, ვინც სამხრეთ ოსეთთან და აფხაზეთთან მდებარე ადმინისტრაციულ ხაზთან ცხოვრობს. 

Vira Varyga, an HIV activist in Ukraine, is also a trainer and facilitator at Kyianka+, a self-support and empowerment group for HIV-positive women. She is also HIV-positive, and the associated feelings of stigma and discrimination are familiar to her.

Avril 2016:  Son nouveau-né dans les bras, Salalasoa, la mère du petit Mahazomaro, fit irruption dans la case de santé de l’agent communautaire (AC) du village de Tanambao Marofototra, dans le sud-ouest de Madagascar. Terrifiée, elle expliqua que l’enfant était au plus mal, qu’il avait de la difficulté à respirer et que ses lèvres commençaient à bleuir.

The 2008 war with Russia dislocated people from their homes, tore apart families and neighbors, and ravaged the economy. Today, 20 percent of Georgia’s territory is under Russian occupation, and people living along the administrative boundary lines (ABLs) with South Ossetia and Abkhazia continue to face significant challenges.

Najlae Lachkar grew up in Morocco surrounded by the smell of motor oil from her neighbor’s car repair shop. From an early age, she was fascinated by cars and dreamed of some day becoming an auto mechanic.

Residents of cities and rural areas across Liberia are grappling with the lack of a formal waste collection system after enduring years of civil war and the recent Ebola epidemic. Despite some success in removing and processing waste in the city of Monrovia, waste management remains a problem throughout the country today.

Angeline Kobuko, a young woman from the Bana district of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, is the youth president of her community. A strong leader, she represents the voice of the youth at district meetings on pressing issues, such as violence prevention.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are among the world’s most vulnerable people. Not only have they lost their homes and, possibly, their loved ones, but they often face food insecurity and a loss of livelihood. To address these challenges, USAID is supporting emergency assistance to IDPs, host communities and Nigerian refugees in neighboring countries—Cameroon, Chad and Niger.


Last updated: August 30, 2016