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.

23 JUNE 2010 | WAKHAN DISTRICT, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Perched high in the mountains on the border with China, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, Afghanistan’s Wakhan District seems like the end of the world to most people.  To 12-year-old Seema, however, it is her world and she wants to protect it.
 
23 JUNE 2010 | FAYZABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
The new 103-kilometer road from Kishim to Fayzabad is bringing new business and investment to Badakhshan Province.  Built through USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, the Kishim to Fayzabad Road is a vital link in the transportation network connecting Badakhshan to the rest of Afghanistan.  Residents also see that the road facilitates educational opportunities for students, connecting them to schools and universities in their province and beyond.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Capacity building is a powerful tool for change.  USAID is helping Afghans gain the skills to develop their country and pass on their expertise to the next generation of leaders.  Engineer M. Eshaq’s experience shows that knowledge, determination, and vision will rebuild Afghanistan.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | WAIGAL, NURISTAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
13 JUNE 2010 | DAMAN, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
13 JUNE 2010 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The economy of Afghanistan has always been agriculture-based, with most of the country’s rural areas dependent on livestock rearing, crop cultivation, and orchards.  To improve production and strengthen rural economies, USAID funded a project that provides animal husbandry training and goat and chicken distribution to women in need of assistance. 
 
13 JUNE 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
As more people in Afghanistan gain access to government-provided electricity, USAID is helping to create an effective and reliable electrical grid to deliver power.  Electricity in Afghanistan is distributed by substations operated by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the country’s electricity company.  To regulate the voltage that flows through power lines, the substations need to communicate with each other regarding power flow and unexpected issues.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Many Afghan women and girls are illiterate due to cultural norms and oppressive measures enforced during Taliban rule.  Denied the opportunity to learn marketable skills, these women and their families lack employment opportunities and face poverty.  Today, there is a critical need for vocational training that reaches out to women.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Art may not spring to mind as a beneficiary of improved energy in Afghanistan. However, the availability of 24-hour electricity in Kabul, through USAID, is benefiting the efforts of a young artist.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014