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 OCTOBER 2010 | LOY KAREZ, AFGHANISTAN
 
An army tank is a formidable presence in the quiet village of Loy Karez in southern Afghanistan.  As its engine rumbles to a halt and the dust settles, children flock to the tank from nearby houses, giving the dismounting soldiers the thumbs-up.
 
“That’s a good sign,” says Major Joseph Roberts of the U.S. Army as his troops fan out across the street.  “Kids know when there’s trouble.  When you don’t see any kids, you start to worry.”
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ASADABAD, KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Inamullah said that he did not know 72 bottles of liquor were stashed in his car.  The 25-year-old taxi driver charged with smuggling alcohol told judges that he observed boxes loaded into his vehicle, but he didn’t know what was in them.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Like sentries, they stand, each 40 meters tall.  A line of 1,389 of them stretches between Uzbekistan and central Kabul.
 
These soaring transmission towers string together 419 kilometers of double circuit wires.  Since February 2009, they have delivered 24-hour electricity to Kabul and neighboring areas.  Thousands of similar towers can be seen along the borders of Tajikistan and Kunduz and from Turkmenistan to the cities of Andkoy and Hirat.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
It was the first time she had ever been asked to leave her village for a meeting in nearby Kandahar City.  Her decision to participate wasn’t easy – just a few days earlier, six Afghans had been killed there, one of whom was simply selling bread to the government.  Her district, Arghandab, had recently seen increased insurgent activity that made travel a life-threatening choice.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
To see more than 120 women gathering for a meeting is uncommon in Afghanistan. Even more uncommon is 120 women attending a meeting to discuss resolving their village disputes.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ARGHANDAB VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN
 
The Arghandab Valley was once known as the orchard of Central Asia, exporting pomegranates, apricots, and plums around the world.  But three decades of war left many of its orchards and vineyards in ruins, crippling fruit exports and creating widespread unemployment in the region.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | BAKWA DISTRICT, FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KAHMARD DISTRICT, BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The shoes were the first indication.  Tan lace-up boots, black rubber sandals, backless slippers, and penny loafers lined the blue canvas tarmac where almost 300 assembled.  The people were gathered to address the violence that threatens a 164-kilometer road that USAID funds.
 

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Last updated: December 26, 2013