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Girls Deserve To Learn: No Exceptions

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As President Obama said, if a country is educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. That’s why the United States is launching Let Girls Learn, a new effort to raise awareness about the importance of allowing all girls to pursue a quality education. Because an educated girl is a force for change.

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In Zambia, a Refuge to Learn

The Lubuto Library Project, a USAID All Children Reading Grand Challenge winner, is pioneering a program creating high-quality mother-tongue materials to teach children to read using an accessible, low-cost digital platform. Here, a young boy tries out the program on a laptop. / Robert Kent, USAID

No matter what country, a free library is the soul of a community. It protects the past, preserves the present and assures the future. In order to teach a million Zambian children to read better, they need to practice. The Lubuto Library gives them a place to do just that.

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A Tale of Two Teachers

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We are in rural Zambia, and it took about two minutes to realize that I was in the presence of a good teacher. Since 2010 when USAID committed to getting 100 million more children reading and learning — 1 million in Zambia — we’ve helped that country boost teaching skills in the rural schools serving thousands of kids that live too far from public institutions.

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Mobilizing ‘Makers’ for a Better World

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USAID is challenging Makers around the world to create sensor technologies that can improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Witness to an Historic Ukrainian Election

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Ukraine recently held historic elections as the world watched. USAID provided assistance to ensure the legitimacy and transparency of the process.

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Martha Learns to Read

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The United States is making an investment in Malawi — almost $100 million dollars over five years. But how is this going to change day-to-day life for a girl like Martha? The answer: “If Martha learns to read, she will be a more informed adult. If she can’t read, she’ll stick to the old ways of doing things.”

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Extraordinary Efforts in U.S. Food Assistance Underway as Extreme Food Insecurity Stalks South Sudanese

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The Office of Food for Peace’s Director Dina Esposito recently returned from a trip to South Sudan, where USAID is taking extraordinary steps in response to extreme food insecurity.

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Rebuilding Livelihoods in the Philippines Post-Typhoon Haiyan

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Just over six months ago Typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines. Billy Dec, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders traveled recently to Leyte, home to Tacloban, to see how the recovery efforts are faring.

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Ending Child Labor

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An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago – and has had unprecedented success. At USAID, we have learned what programs are effective, and what more needs to be done to end child labor.

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Mapping Change in the Amazon: How Satellite Images are Halting Deforestation

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In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a group of scientists have become unconventional crusaders in the battle to halt deforestation.

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