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.

When Hieu Trinh Thi married five years ago, she knew that her husband Truong might be HIV positive since he had been an intravenous drug user in the past. In Hai Phong, Vietnam, where the couple lives, 44 percent of people who inject drugs are infected with the virus.

In 2015, during an overwhelmingly fruitful first season, they sold 6 tons of raspberries, generating an income of about $12,400. For their second season, the couple quickly expanded their farm by more than fourfold, to 3.2 acres. As a result, they now expect to bring in a larger harvest—and greater profit.

Three years later, Gombi and communities like it in northern Adamawa state remain devastated. All that’s left of Aisha’s house is a charred heap of collapsed concrete and corrugated tin. Any food is long gone. Farm fields are strewn with debris, and farmers have been left without supplies and equipment.

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.


Last updated: September 23, 2016