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.

In 1988, Mesaye*, a 15-year-old girl from North Gondor, Ethiopia, began to have contractions and knew that the birth of her first child was near. Unfortunately, like so many other young mothers whose bodies have not matured enough to safely give birth, Mesaye experienced an excruciating four days of labor that ended in a stillbirth.

Alhough farmers everywhere win and lose according to the whims of unpredictable weather and climate trends, Macedonia’s farmers are further burdened by a number of other challenges that have a domino effect on the industry. One recent development, however, is interrupting the negative chain reaction.

На початку 2014 року Віра Овчаренко, власник невеликого господарства з Миколаївської області, Україна, опинилась у безвихідному становищі. Вона мусила зареєструвати своє право власності на земельну ділянку, але через бюрократичну помилку у Державному агентстві земельних ресурсів України (Держземагенстві), кадастровий номер земельної ділянки пані Овчаренко співпадав з номером іншої земельної ділянки, що не давало можливості зареєструвати право власності на її землю. 

Уже понад 20 років Наталя Богданова вирощує овочі на своїй ділянці у 25 соток в селі Мала Кардашинка Голопристанського району, що в Херсонській області.

Tháng 4/2014 -- Chị H’Kem Buôn, một phụ nữ dân tộc thiểu số ở tỉnh Đắc Lắc, nhớ lại những ngày khó khăn của gia đình: họ không kiếm đủ tiền trang trải cho những nhu cầu cơ bản của cuộc sống thường nhật. Thu nhập của cả gia đình chị với bốn đứa con chỉ khoảng 20 triệu đồng một năm, chủ yếu từ việc trồng lúa, ngô trên mảnh đất 1,4 hécta của gia đình. Tài sản lớn nhất của gia đình chị là một ngôi nhà cũ và một chiếc xe máy cũ kỹ.

Prior to Ukraine’s parliamentary elections last fall, candidates received some valuable guidance about how to more effectively convey their campaign messages and articulate election platform goals in a more sophisticated manner.

Во время перехода Кыргызской Республики к парламентской демократии в 2010 году, Временное Правительство объявило Кыргызское Общественное телевидение и радио (ОТРК), бывшее государственное телевидение, общественным телевещателем. С этого начался процесс реформирования национального канала, который считался рупором государственной политики, в независимое общественное учреждение.

In early 2014, Vira Ovcharenko, a small farmer in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv oblast, found herself at an impasse over how to re-register her right to a plot of land to which she held title. Due to a bureaucratic error at the State Land Agency, Ovcharenko’s land plot shared a cadaster, or registry, number with another piece of land, preventing her from re-registering her own land, leaving her concerned and uncertain that she would succeed in keeping her property.

When the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal on April 25, Sita Shrestha knew what to do. She found a place near an inner wall of her house to wait out the shaking with her five-month-old daughter and told her six-year-old son, who was on a different floor, to do the same. When the shaking stopped, Sita grabbed her ‘go bag’—a disaster preparedness kit—and took her children to a safe, open space in the courtyard.


Last updated: September 30, 2015