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Tania saw adversity and violence, but she also saw hope. Hope that one day, diversity and inclusion would be the norm for all transgender people.

Doors to healing and progress open when people like Tania, an activist for the LGBTI community in Colombia, are supported with resources to change policy and uplift marginalized people. USAID is proud to be part of her story.

The past few weeks were marred by sorrow and horror, but we can think of no better way to honor those lost than by sharing the stories of some of the amazing men and women we work with around the world.

Whether by bringing bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents together to advocate for an end to conflict or by promoting gender equality worldwide, we believe peace can prevail when we empower people.

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Acting on the Call to Save Lives of #MomandBaby


USAID works in 25 countries that account for two-thirds of child and maternal deaths worldwide. Cost-effective health interventions like access to vaccines and birth attendants are improving lives. The 2016 Acting on the Call report highlights progress towards saving the lives of 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020. Support #MomandBaby by sharing the news on Twitter and Facebook.
Acting on the Call to Save Lives of #MomandBaby.  Photo: Thomas 

Christofoletti for USAID
Follow USAID at #GES2016. Photo: Bobby Neptune for USAID
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Follow USAID at #GES2016


Not in California for this week’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by President Obama? Follow #GES2016 on USAID’s Twitter and Facebook pages for our commitments to empowering innovators to promote inclusive growth and help lift the world’s most vulnerable out of poverty. Braille reading device inventor Amani Mustafa Abu Tair — one of the more than 100 USAID-supported entrepreneurs participating in GES — shares her story in a short film.
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Refugee Stories All Around Us


Monday was World Refugee Day. Although much of USAID’s work to uplift displaced people happens far from American shores, one of our own — David Yang, a Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance — shares his experience as a child of Chinese refugees in a video interview with Administrator Gayle Smith. Follow the conversation using #Humanity Acts and #WelcomeRefugees.
Refugee Stories All Around Us. Photo: AFP PHOTO / STR / Malaysia OUT
New Photo Stories from India. Photo: Bobby Neptune for USAID
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New Photo Stories from India


In India, about 25 percent of the population — a number equal to the entire U.S. population — is without access to power. A new story on USAID’s Exposure page shows how USAID programs are closing the power gap with solar energy. Another story highlights the rollout of farming techniques that help people weather the hardships of an ongoing drought.
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Creative Kids Needed for WH Film Festival


The White House Student Film Festival invites budding K-12 grade filmmakers to submit stories around the theme of “The World I Want To Live In.” What’s our favorite category? The First Lady’s #LetGirlsLearn special assignment asking participants to show why girls around the globe deserve an education. USAID videos can even be incorporated into your stories. Move quickly though: entries are due July 15.
Creative Kids Needed for WH Film Festival. Photo Courtesy of the White House