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 DECEMBER 2011 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
Members of Dehdadi District Development Assembly in Balkh Province now have a proper venue for regular meetings between community members and government representatives.
 
10 DECEMBER 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
The geosciences department head is confident that advanced GIS training will give his students an edge in the tight job market.
 
Computer technology is everywhere and college students throughout the world face the challenge of learning to use more computer programs, or be edged out of the job market by someone that has. In Afghanistan, it is no different.
 
10 DECEMBER 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE  The turmoil of the past 30 years has taken its toll on Afghanistan. Due to the destructive forces of war, nature, and neglect, sidewalks in Afghan cities are falling apart. In Kandahar, the municipality lacked the resources to address infrastructure development. But without rehabilitation, the city’s residents would continue to see their safety compromised. The degradation of pedestrian footpaths directly impacts the quality of life and traffic safety.
 
10 DECEMBER 2011 | URUZGAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Pirya Kanwal is a trained Lady Health Visitor (LHV). She works as a social mobilizer for the USAID’s Community Rehabilitation Infrastructure Support Program (CRISP). She has worked as LHV in Sukkur district, Sind province and later served poor and needy with a variety of other organizations. When advertised for the position of a social mobilizer, Pirya took it as an opportunity to work on the helping women and children in need for medical care. 
 
7 DECEMBER 2011 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
As a result of the project, the community had a chance to cooperate with their local government and feels comfortable discussing their grievances with them in the future.
 
Seya Dara Sufla is a remote village in Yakawlang District of Bamiyan Province. It is located approximately 35 km from the district center and 135 km from the provincial capital.
 
6 DECEMBER 2011 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
With the USAID grant, the firm was finally able to meet the volume of orders they required.
 
Due to the harsh weather and poor condition of many roads and the vehicles that traverse them, repairs to vehicles is a big business in Afghanistan. Vehicle workshops generally rely on imported auto parts from Pakistan, South Korea, and other Asian countries. However, their supply is irregular, parts are expensive, and there is no guarantee of quality.
 
6 DECEMBER 2011 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE   USAID designed the Agricultural Development Fund to work through commercial banks and other financial institutions, providing them with lending capital and compensating them for the risks inherent to agricultural lending. Nonetheless, banks were in general unwilling to provide financial services to the agriculture sector. This issue had the potential to render a USAID project unable to reach the farming community and promote the growth of Afghan agriculture.
3 DECEMBER 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Through stabilization projects, local residents are able to improve their quality of life and earn a steady income.
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014