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.

10 NOVEMBER 2010 | LAY-LAY, AFGHANISTAN
 
10 NOVEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR CITY, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
One of the first priorities of any city government is pedestrian safety.  This is especially important in cities like Kandahar, where many residents travel on foot.  After decades of neglect, many of the city’s sidewalks were nothing more than dirt pathways and broken stones.  Now, with assistance from USAID, the Governor of Kandahar is leading an effort to make the city safer for residents.
 
10 NOVEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Sardar Mohammad has been a sheepherder for most of his life.  Now he works for the government, shepherding a different type of flock.  As Kuchi Department Director, he is responsible for more than 350,000 Kuchi nomads in Kandahar Province and is intimately in tune with the needs of his people.  However, government resources are limited, and aid programs aimed at Kuchis are few.
 
9 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Dasht-e-Barchi is a poor community located to the west of Kabul.  Although a two-lane road was recently constructed, the streets are almost too narrow for a car to pass, and the dilapidated houses on either side of the road suggest that no one could afford to own a car here anyway.  However, there is hope for economic improvement in the community and it resides with a vocational training program for women.
 
9 NOVEMBER 2010 | ARGHANDAB, AFGHANISTAN
 
Arghandab, in war-torn southern Afghanistan, has a humble rural economy and fierce local pride.  However, youth unemployment threatens local stability.  Most young men are out of work and feel pressured to earn money any way they can, making them vulnerable to recruitment by illegal militia groups.
 
9 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
When he is not participating in international workshops or briefing Afghan ministers, Mirwais Attaulhaq advises USAID and the multiple donor agencies that help to provide electrical power throughout Afghanistan.
 
9 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Sra Mena District of Kabul Province is home to a large number of poor families, many of which are headed by women.  Most of the women are war widows, illiterate, extremely poor, and unable to adequately support their families or pay for the expense of sending children to school.
 
8 NOVEMBER 2010 | PAKTIKA, AFGHANISTAN
 
8 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Salam Jan offered produce like apples and saffron from his native Paktya Province to the world for the first time at the Kabul International AgFair 2010.  Now, Salam Jan is taking orders from buyers in Pakistan and is confident that he can command more business because of the USAID-supported AgFair.
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014