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.

11 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Farid and his classmates have just begun the 2012 school year, full of hope for the future and thoughts of protecting the past. In January, Farid was just one of 330 perspective students, including 35 female candidates, who applied for 68 positions at the Institute for Afghan Arts & Architecture.
 
11 APRIL 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
10 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghan youth have been deprived of educational opportunities and forms of expression due to decades of political and economic turmoil. USAID funds the Youth Voices Festival, which provides a forum for youth across the country to express themselves through art, poetry, photography, and a variety of new and tradional media tools. In 2011 alone, the Festival worked directly with over 2,000 young men and women, providing them with a crucial platform to amplify their voice.
 
9 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Amna Mohamed Awad Hussein, a fifteen-year-old from Shalatin in the south of Egypt gained a new perspective on a life and a new set of skills when she attended a USAID funded school for tourism service workers.

“Our life is very simple,” Amna said. “Most people are poor. This school has changed me a lot. When I went to school in my home town, my dreams were very simple. I had no goals to achieve. There I had the feeling that I don’t have a future at all.”

7 APRIL 2012 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Through USAID-funded Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management Project, 13 local stove makers in Badakhshan and Bamiyan provinces were equipped and trained to manufacture fuel-efficient stoves.
 
Fuel wood is central to daily life in Afghanistan because it is used to cook and heat houses throughout the country. But the over-harvesting of wood is a threat to Afghan livelihoods and the environment because it can lead to deforestation and soil erosion.
4 APRIL 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
3 APRIL 2012 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE:  Potato production is the mainstay in Bamyan province. Until 2010 productivity was low due to two fundamental factors: the high price and questionable quality of fertilizers available in the province, and the use of recycled and low quality seed.  While farmers were generally aware of the potential benefits of the appropriate use of fertilizers and the use of certified seed, they lacked the financial capacity to purchase them, and credit was simply not available.
2 APRIL 2012 | FARYAB, AFGHANISTAN
 
Conflicting communities were brought together by a USAID-funded irri-gation improvement project, which strength-ened and expanded the Afghan Government’s presence in Shirin Tagab District.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014