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.

Despite a drought, farmers enjoyed better-than-expected yields due to the high-quality seeds and fertilizers made possible by timely distribution of low-interest Agricultural Development Fund loans.

Manizha is a young woman who witnessed many injustices against women in her community in Kunduz Province. With a commitment to challenge these inequalities, she established the Afghan Women Association of Kunduz. After obtaining a USAID grant, she launched a campaign to promote gender advocacy, the elimination of violence against women, and educate communities about women‟s rights according to Islam.

A couple of months after the September 11 attacks, the U.S. military launched air strikes against Taliban fighters who were holed up in several villages in Khan Abad District of Kunduz Province, injuring some nearby civilians.

The Ministry of Public Health’s comprehensive clinic in Deh Sabz District on the outskirts of Kabul treats about 250 patients a day, mostly women and children, from a surrounding population base of 150,000. Besides supporting a laboratory and pharmacy, it performs ultrasound examinations and offers a wide range of medical services, including internal medicine, minor surgeries, and maternity and pediatric care. It also handles two or three deliveries every day.

Twenty-four men and two women sit around a „U‟ shaped table inside a brightly painted room in the newly built Ministry of Public Health office in Hirat Province. Participants from provincial public health offices had gathered to share their experiences in rebuilding Afghanistan‟s public health system. Surrounded by walls lined with posters and colorful charts, the group listens intently to a speaker at the front.

As a part of USAID’s efforts to establish linkages between communities and local government and to empower communities to become self-sufficient, USAID-funded the poultry raising project for the Women’s Shura in Nayak Village, Yakawlang District of Bamyan Province. The community implemented the project in close collaboration with the Bamyan Provincial Line Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and was designed to enhance the women’s knowledge of poultry breeding, increasing the women’s self-sufficiency.

Although the USAID-supported hospital has sufficient space to deliver healthcare to the community, the building lacked a storage facility to house important items such as mattresses, bedding, stationery, oil, kerosene, heaters, and other key operational equipment. Consequently, most of these items were often misplaced and underused, impeding the work of medical staff and the delivery of health services.

“Please pay your taxes for improved city services,” is the latest message to the citizens of Kabul, posted on newly constructed billboards and in thousands of fliers and posters. The campaign, designed through a partnership between the Kabul Municipality and USAID explains how paying taxes improves municipal service delivery.

In August 2011, the Taliban launched an attack on the provincial governor‟s compound in the provincial capital of Charikar in Parwan Province, killing 14 people and injuring 30 others. The incident was reported around the world. Dozens of people had gone to the compound to collect their national identification cards resulting in the large number of civilians trapped in the attack.


Last updated: January 15, 2015