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 SEPTEMBER 2010 | ISTALEF, KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | TIRIN KOT, URUZGAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Tirin Kot is the capital and center of business and commerce for all of Uruzgan Province.  Recently, the network of storm ditches in the city’s business centers deteriorated, causing severe flooding and forcing shopkeepers to close their stores.  A community-supported USAID effort to repair the damaged ditches is bringing business back to the market and improving Afghan perceptions of foreign aid.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | GARDEZ, PAKTYA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Like many Afghans, Gul Marjan has been enthusiastic to tackle the challenges facing his country.  As director of the city of Gardez Water Supply Department, Marjan and his 15 employees faced overwhelming issues, including a lack of financial resources, equipment, and office space.  Moreover, the department could only cover about a third of its operating costs because too many customers were not paying their utility bills: Some customers had not paid their bills in 10 years.
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KISHIM, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Kishim has long been a stopover for truckers and passengers exhausted from trips on nearly impassable roads in northeastern Afghanistan. Long-haul and delivery trucks crowded each other and interfered with foot traffic. Clay and dust, stirred up by traffic, coated the merchandise.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | LOKHAI VILLAGE, NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
After 30 years of war, many Afghan families lost their primary income earners: their fathers, husbands, and sons, leaving widows and children to fend for themselves with limited skills or resources.
 
Mapari and her five children from Lokhai Village in Eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province are one of these families.  Her husband died as a result of conflict, leaving her with little land, few skills, and a family to feed.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Thousands of kilometers of rehabilitated provincial and rural roads have fallen into disrepair.  Deteriorating roads make it more difficult for Afghans to access key services such as health care and education.  To address this issue, 23 senior officials from the Afghan government and leaders from the private sector recently gathered in Delhi at a USAID sponsored conference to hear practitioners from around the world discuss best practices and innovations in road management and finance.
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | GARMSER DISTRICT, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
USAID’s Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture (AVIPA) Plus program not only improves farm production in Afghanistan: it also helps create trust between farmers and their government, giving them a taste of the benefits that come with governance.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014