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.

The five-year Local Governance Project in Tajikistan, which launched in 2012, is designed to help the country implement the Law on Local Self-Governance in Towns and Townships. The project partners with 20 jamoats (communes) in 10 districts across all four regions of Tajikistan to improve local governments’ delivery of services to citizens, particularly, clean drinking water.

Recognizing the role of men as key decisionmakers in Tajik families, USAID’s Maternal and Child Health project is working to provide men with the necessary information and incentives to serve as partners and leaders in improving the health of their families and communities.

Up until the 1990s, between 500 and 1,000 children on average were paralyzed by polio in India every day.

The radio programs, which are supported by USAID’s Peace Through Development II project, employ sketches and mini-dramas to broach sensitive topics, and recently added full-length soap operas to their repertoire. While fictional, the dramas are designed to mirror society and engage listeners with relatable storylines reflecting their own hopes and struggles. The stories also demonstrate strategies to help listeners resolve conflicts and overcome obstacles in their own lives.

During the Muslim festival of Eid-el-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), known as Tabaski in West Africa, most households sacrifice a ram or bull. Livestock markets are bustling, and over a million animals are transported and sold across the region in the weeks leading up to this important Islamic holiday.

Imagine living in one of the most biodiverse regions in West Africa, but not being able to reap the benefits of your environment.

Tokom 1990-ih godina, obrazovni sistem na Kosovu je bio u haosu, pogotovu za učenike iz manjinskih etničkih zajednica. Za školovanje na svom maternjem jeziku, učenici koji govore albanski su jedino mogli pohađati neformalnu, privatno vođenu nastavu. Deca iz manjinskih zajednica kao što su romska, aškalijska i egipćanska, većinom nisu uopšte išla u školu.  

Gjatë viteve të 1990-ta, sistemi i arsimit në Kosovë gjendej në kaos, sidomos për nxënësit nga minoritetet etnike. Për shkollim në gjuhën e tyre amtarë, nxënësit shqipfolës mund të vijonin vetëm mësimin e organizuar në mënyrë joformale dhe privatisht. Fëmijët nga komunitetet minoritare si romët, ashkalinjtë, dhe egjiptasit, në masën më të madhe fare nuk shkonin në shkollë.

In southern Afghanistan, years of war and insecurity have widowed many women. Without a male head of household, women are not able to leave the home to access economic opportunities.

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Last updated: July 08, 2015