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USAID Impact Newsletter July 2015

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jul 29, 2015 02:04 AM
Contributors: USAID
Imagine A World Without Extreme Poverty. It is a world where every child gets the nutrients they need to thrive. It is a world where every girl has access to a quality education; and where all citizens have a voice and a vote. A world without extreme poverty is a world where doctors don't have to save lives in the dark and students don't have close their books at sunset. It is a world where families are freed from hunger, protected from disease and prepared when disaster strikes.

A world without extreme poverty is a world where the moment of birth is one of joy not fear. And where being born a girl is blessing not a curse.

A world without Extreme Poverty is a world of Extreme Possibilities. And for the first time in history, a world without extreme poverty is extremely possible. Today, we have the tools, technologies, and approaches to end extreme poverty within two decades.

USAID’s new Immersive Storytelling Hub brings you the stories of individuals, families and communities in transformation. Stories to inspire all of us to end extreme poverty – the stories of Extreme Possibilities.

We hope you enjoy it!

Highlights from the USAID Storytelling Hub

Electricity and opportunity transform a Tanzanian village

No light switches. No electronics. No refrigerators. Until recently, this was Teresia Olotai’s world—a world without power like nine of 10 people in rural Tanzania. Now, through USAID and Power Africa, children in Teresia’s community can study at night, cell phones can be charged, refrigerators can keep medicine and milk cold, and outdoor light can be used to deter intruders from the community’s cattle at night.

Recovery after a childhood is robbed by sexual violence

In conflict-affected eastern DRC, sexual violence is an all too common crime. The unspeakable happened to one 11-year-old girl in her own home on one tragic evening. With proper medical, legal and psychological support, ”Susan" is regaining her childhood.

Ensuring West Bank girls get the education they deserve

At the West Bank's Saffa Girls School, more than 500 young women receive a quality education in renovated classrooms from teachers who are invested in making sure they stay in school. From a passionate principal to a determined senior and bright-eyed 5th grader, the school is a home for leaders and dreamers.

An Ethiopian community finds resilience liter by liter

What is it like to tote heavy jugs of milk under the hot sun each and every day? Ask Dhaki Wako Baneta who trecked an hour into town each day hoping to make a rare sale. Now, a new USAID program allows her and other pastoralists in Ethiopia to earn a steady income by selling their milk to a nearby processing center. New opportunities like this in drought-prone parts of the world provide pathways out of poverty for millions of people.

How cacao helps grow peace and stability

It was a sweet proposition. As income from banana crops waned, farmer Don José Blanquiceth and his son Orley took up the opportunity to grow cacao. Though the illicit drug trade is an alluring but dangerous option in Colombia's "coca belt," around 20,000 family farmers like Don José and Orley are turning cacao to cash through USAID programs.

One woman takes the bite out of a deadly disease

Habiba Suleimon is a supermom - an extraordinary individual with two wheels, a tablet and lots of data, who is independently raising a family and ridding her community of malaria. With the help of a world-class surveillance system and officers like Habiba, malaria prevalence in the islands of Zanzibar has decreased from 25 percent in 2005 to 1 percent today.

Changing minds and saving lives with a little tube and lots of heart

Jharana is a volunteer and a lifesaver. Armed with little tubes of gel and a big heart, she and thousands of other health workers are helping reduce the odds of infant illness and death by up to a third in their rural communities. Mother by mother, house by house, Nepal's Navel Glazers are transforming a nation.

Tackling the greatest challenge known to humankind

Extreme poverty is more than just a number – it is the denial of basic freedoms and human dignity. USAID fights extreme poverty around the world each day. Even so, around 1.2 billion people still live on under $1.25 a day, forced to make impossible choices between food, medicine, housing or education. We’re determined to change those numbers. Here’s how.

How Liberia’s burial teams stopped the dead from harming those they loved

Varbah Dolley is a member of a Red Cross burial team in Liberia who battled tirelessly against Ebola to prevent the dead from harming the ones they loved. At the height of the Ebola epidemic, USAID supported burial teams across Liberia. The focus on safe and dignified burials helped bring the crisis under control.

One extraordinary woman takes on malnutrition

Malnutrition magician, maternal health expert, entrepreneur. Meet Hapsatou Ka, an extraordinary woman fighting for the health of her community. In Senegal and around the world, USAID helps mothers and babies get the nutrients they need to survive and thrive.

Love, technology and the best fruit around

Strawberries are not new to the West Bank. But growing them is. Osama Abu Al-Rub is one of only 20 strawberry farmers in the West Bank and one of a handful that receives USAID support to help modernize his trade. Osama is also a proud father of a daughter that is following in his footsteps, pursuing a degree in agriculture engineering. Their secret to success? "We love our work, we love each other." By all accounts they have the best strawberries around.

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