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 JUNE 2010 | JALREZ DISTRICT, WARDAK PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Located in the foothills of central Afghanistan, Jalrez District in Wardak Province is known as the home of the country’s finest athletes.  This reputation inspired the establishment of the Jalrez Youth Association (JYA) in 2008 through USAID support.  The JYA engages young people in organized sports, providing them with a legitimate alternative to joining the insurgency.
 
6 JUNE 2010 | ESKIN, KAPISA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Traditionally a stronghold for the insurgency in Kapisa Province, Eskin is a small village in a valley that more than 2,000 families call home.  Tough mountainous terrain and restricted access have limited the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s presence in this area.  The road is the only way to reach the district center where Eskin valley villagers can access critical resources, including health services, markets and local government institutions.
 
6 JUNE 2010 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
As a village elder, Hajji Baba cares about his community and knows that his well-being is linked to the security of his environment and the prosperity of his fellow villagers in Arghandab District of Kandahar Province.  Hajji Baba was one of many Arghandab farmers suffering after several years of drought.  The farmers couldn’t plow the land, had no fruit on their trees, and didn’t know what to do about the insects.
 
6 JUNE 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
When Abdullah Jan met Shabnam, they were seniors in the Engineering Department at Kabul University. They soon began to intern at the Kabul Central Materials Laboratory operated by USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (AIRP).  
 
6 JUNE 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Distributing accurate and unbiased information in a country without a tradition of free press is a challenge.  However, USAID, through the Journalist Training Program under the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS), developed a tri-language website (English-Dari-Pashto) that delivers content related to politics, society, and the history of Afghanistan.
 
6 JUNE 2010 | FARYAB PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Livestock and livestock products are the main source of income for many remote communities throughout Faryab Province.  Improving their health is of primary importance to increase prospects for licit sales growth in the northern region of Afghanistan.  However, worm parasite infections of livestock reduce fertility, weight, and milk production, leading to significant economic loss.  Additionally, access to veterinary care in rural Afghanistan is limited.
 
25 MAY 2010 | NAD-E ALI, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture Plus (AVIPA Plus) distribution of vegetable seed, fertilizers, and vegetable row cover material in Nad-e Ali district is helping bring a new level of prosperity to thousands of farmers in this central district of Hilmand province, Afghanistan.
 
25 MAY 2010 | MARJA, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
USAID, through its Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture Plus (AVIPA Plus) program, has delivered the first batch of 4,000 irrigation pumps to Marja district in Hilmand province, Afghanistan.  The pumps will benefit rural farm families by bringing much needed water to fields that will soon see a distribution of red onion, spinach, turnip, radish, carrot, and cauliflower seeds, and fertilizers.
 
25 MAY 2010 | NAWA VILLAGE, KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
When water is scarce, rural Afghan communities often have to compete with their neighbors for the vital resource, leading to tension between communities.  Four villages in Kunar province with a long history of conflict were recently brought together by a USAID-funded pipe network to bring running water to communal pumps throughout the village.  The project has increased access to clean water and removed many of the causes of discord between these communities.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014