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.

6 SEPTEMBER 2011 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Given the images of Afghanistan that appear in the news, most people would have difficulty picturing Afghanistan as an appealing tourist destination. But for two western businesses, this is precisely the Afghanistan they envision, and they are putting their money into making that vision a reality.
 
5 SEPTEMBER 2011 | PAKTIKA, AFGHANISTAN
 
"When the first irrigation project came to Khairkut, we were slow to register to work there. We had doubts about the project because lots of people had made promises to help us before but none of them delivered on their promises. Our forefathers went to their graves with hope in their hearts that these lands would be developed," said Mahmoud Ahmad, a worker at the second project in Khairkut District of Paktya Province.
 
29 AUGUST 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Routine vaccinations can spare many Afghan children from the communicable diseases that not only make them ill but can even cause death. But with 80 percent of the estimated 25 million people living in rural areas, in a country the size of Texas, immunizing every child against measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus and polio represents no small challenge.
 
28 AUGUST 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE
25 AUGUST 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
One of the most important tasks in life is passing a professional skill from one generation to the next. Without this, skills may eventually become a lost art. With few craftsmen in Afghanistan, the opportunities for the next generation to learn the valuable skills have decreased. However, new opportunities have recently presented themselves through one of USAID’s stabilization projects in Kandahar Province.
 
23 AUGUST 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
22 AUGUST 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
18 AUGUST 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Laleh wakes up early in the morning. The produce vendor jokes that even the roosters are still sleeping when he wheels his produce cart out onto the quiet Kandahari streets to take his daily supply of cucumbers to market.
 
Laleh buys his cucumbers from local farmers, which takes a little more time than buying foreign-grown cucumbers from the big distributors. But his customers can tell the difference, and that means more business.
 
17 AUGUST 2011 | URUZGAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Uruzgan province in Afghanistan’s south-central region is the birthplace of Mullah Omar and a hotbed of Taliban sympathizers. As a result, it suffers from high insecurity and frequent insurgent
activity.

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Last updated: January 08, 2014