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 MAY 2010 | BAND-E-AMIR, BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The beauty of central Bamyan province’s six cobalt-blue Band-e-Amir lakes always stuns visitors.  Natural travertine dams, created by calcium deposits over many years, support the lakes.  They stretch across the valley in long graceful arcs, and merge into a strikingly beautiful landscape of stone, desert, and water.  The vistas rival those of national parks anywhere in the world.
 
4 MAY 2010 | WAKHAN CORRIDOR, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Kormal, from northern Afghanistan’s Wakhan district, has always been an expert on endangered species.  Just a few years ago, he was making a living for himself and his family by hunting rare snow leopards and lynx and selling their skins to fur traders.
 
4 MAY 2010 | WAKHAN CORRIDOR, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
4 MAY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s long-term economic development relies on well-educated young people with the skills to open new businesses and manage existing firms.  Building a qualified Afghan workforce, particularly at the managerial level, is crucial to the country’s economic growth.  The U.S. Government is helping to develop a strong Afghan workforce through internships and professional training for the next generation of business leaders.
 
4 MAY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the country’s private sector have been struggling for decades to improve the livelihoods of the Afghan people.  The lack of quality information on soils and other agriculture indicators has been a major constraint on development. 
 
4 MAY 2010 | DAND DISTRICT, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
With a student body of more than 250 children drawn from four villages, Aloku School is the largest and most important primary school in Kandahar’s Dand district.  However, parents had become increasingly reluctant to send their children to school because of poor security and deteriorating facilities.  With a grant from USAID’s Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) project, these children are now returning to school.
 
4 MAY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
4 MAY 2010 | TAGAB DISTRICT, KAPISA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Shortly after an indiscriminate rocket attack killed 53 civilians in the Tagab district of Kapisa province, the U.S. Government stepped in to help survivors.  USAID partnered with the district government and the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to offer condolences to the victims' families and provide them with much-needed humanitarian assistance to sustain them through the winter season.
 
4 MAY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Women are a growing force in the Afghan workplace.  To advance the role of women in society, the U.S. Government supports women entering into the science and engineering fields.  Female engineers in Afghanistan are strong pioneers who have broken through gender stereotypes to contribute to their country’s development.
 

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Last updated: July 15, 2014