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.

4 JUNE 2011
 
Safi Kot Village in Qalai Zal District is located in volatile Kunduz Province. The district has turned into a focal point for insurgent activities. Because of the government’s limited outreach to the district, community grievances have remained unaddressed. Aqueducts prevent roads from washing out during heavy rains and channel water into agricultural fields. However, the insurgent situation has led to the destruction of infrastructure leaving transportation and irrigation systems in disrepair.
 
4 JUNE 2011
 
Afghanistan is an agrarian nation with more than 80 percent of its citizens living in rural areas and relying on livestock such as sheep, goats, cattle, horses, donkeys, camels, and chickens for food and income. The health of these living resources is essential for the survival of many Afghans, but rural Afghans often have limited access to veterinary services.
 
26 APRIL 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
A recent annual perception survey ranks Afghanistan as the second most corrupt country in the world, with only Somalia ranking worse.  Despite this reputation, Afghan governmental officials are making efforts to reduce corruption.  This has included the Afghanistan Supreme Court establishing the country’s first Anti-Corruption Tribunal.
 
26 APRIL 2011 | NURISTAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Located in northeastern Afghanistan, Nuristan Province is one of the poorest and most remote provinces in the country.  Few non-government organizations operate there because of poor security and the lack of infrastructure.  The province is unconnected to the national grid.
 
26 APRIL 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
For five days a week from August to December 2010, Khanom Ghul, a homemaker and a mother of six, attended training on food processing.  She and 234 other young women and housewives from Dast-e-Barchi in the western part of Kabul City learned how to make pickles and jams, while another 321 women from Arzan Qeemat district in Kabul trained on the production of handicrafts.  The women derived income from their newly learned skills at the end of the day by selling their products on the local market.
26 APRIL 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan began importing power from Uzbekistan via the North East Power System and desperately needed engineers with a background in the operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution systems.
26 APRIL 2011 | PAKTYA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Children in Paktya Province face several significant challenges to getting an education.  Many schools in the province lack sufficient infrastructure and are forced to hold classes wherever space can be found, such as in private homes or even outdoors.  Often times, families cannot afford the costs associated with attending school, such as purchasing school supplies.  This lack of service delivery can have a destabilizing effect in Afghan communities.
23 APRIL 2011 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Situated at the convergence of the Kabul and Alinghar rivers in Laghman Province, Qarghayi District has enjoyed a long tradition of agricultural productivity, supported by an extensive network of canals. However, decades of war left the canal system in a state of disrepair. Floods quickly eroded the canal walls and farmers in the area lost thousands of hectares of arable land, resulting in a shift to subsistence agriculture and a state of
enduring poverty.
 
23 APRIL 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Because of poor soil and arid growing conditions in the southern Afghan province, fertilizer is crucial for successful harvests. But quality fertilizer, when it can be found in local markets, is cost-prohibitive for most farmers.
 
Jalaludin is a farmer, not a scientist.  But he knows how to tell the difference between good fertilizer and cheap imitations.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014