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Archives for 2014

Moving Forward with USAID’s LGBT Vision for Action

A gay rights activist holds a rainbow flag during a Rainbow Pride rally in Kolkata on July 15, 2012.

While June’s Pride month celebrations have ended, we have many reasons to keep the celebrations going – with release of the USAID LGBT Vision for Action, concretely demonstrating support for the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.

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An Everyday Movement

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Just as the World Cup is capturing the world’s attention in Brazil, Special Olympics uses sport to capture the imagination and empower the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

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Responding to Dire Needs in South Sudan Three Years after Independence

Davorah Nyariera escaped fierce fighting in Bentiu, South Sudan, empty-handed with her children and grandchildren. / Jacob Zocherman, Mercy Corps

Three years after independence, the people of South Sudan are facing their most dire crisis yet. USAID is responding with lifesaving humanitarian assistance including food, nutrition and clean water, as well as desperately needed basic medicines, education for displaced children and innovative means of reaching displaced populations with information about the risk of cholera and how to prevent infection.

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Can Private Financing Answer Uganda’s Health Care Woes?

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In spite of high aid flows to the public health system, Uganda has not boasted the same results as its neighbors. Today, USAID is investing in health-care value chains – from small rural drug shops to hospitals in Kampala – as a new way to try to move the needle on Uganda’s health.

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For Jordan, U.S. Support ‘Guaranteed’

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In a neighborhood of growing instability, time and time again Jordan has been a steadfast partner in the years. It is vitally important the United States assist Jordan to stand firm and maintain a strong economy in the face of regional uncertainty.

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If You ‘Let Girls Learn,’ You Save Lives Too

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How does giving girls a proper education impact their health and well-being? Education is essential to fight poverty and all its corollaries: hunger, disease, resource degradation, exploitation and despair. In low-income countries, mothers who have completed primary school are more likely to seek appropriate health care for their children. A child born to a literate mother is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5.

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Hunger Season Has Arrived: So What are We Doing?

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Hunger season has arrived in the Sahel region of West Africa, where millions of people are at risk of not having enough to eat. This year, USAID is tackling the hunger season head on. Here are five ways we are helping to improve food security, save lives and boost resilience.

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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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