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 | 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.
 
8 APRIL 2010 | MARJA, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Only a month after the end of Operation Moshtarak, newly appointed Marja District Governor Hajji Zaher has already held the first in a series of meetings with local elders on USAID’s Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture (AVIPA) Plus program, explaining the benefits and responsibilities that come with it.
 
8 MARCH 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan suffers from one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world – currently, one in six women dies during childbirth.  To protect mothers and improve the health of their children, USAID is working with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health to rebuild the country’s midwifery workforce.  The national midwifery program prepares competent and qualified midwives to work in underserved areas across the country.
 
6 MARCH 2010 | FAYZABAD, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
A bus trip between Kabul and Fayzabad in Badakhshan, Afghanistan’s northernmost province, used to take at least two days.  Today, thanks to major road improvements, and a new bus, the travel time to this provincial capital has been reduced to less than 12 hours.
 
10 FEBRUARY 2010 | HANNOVER, GERMANY
 
For the third year in a row, Afghan carpet makers and dealers showcased their country’s best handmade carpets at Domotex, the world’s premier flooring trade show, held annually in Hannover, Germany.  With financial and logistical support from USAID, Afghanistan’s carpet sellers enjoyed their most successful trade event ever, recording $12,116,500 in sales – a 400 percent increase over the event sales of 2009. 
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014