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.

1 MARCH 2011 | HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Abdul Baqi comes from a long line of poppy farmers.  He learned poppy cultivation from his father and passed on the knowledge to his four sons.  It was the crop of choice for farmers in the southern Afghan province of Hilmand because it was easy to grow and profitable to sell.  But poppy farming has a dark side as Baqi discovered when all four of his sons began smoking opium.  They neglected their wives and children, and soon the farm began to suffer.
 
1 MARCH 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Progress brings complications.  Every kilometer of road that is built or rehabilitated requires enormous coordination to fund, plan, and maintain.  The old system of road maintenance—one which is fragmented among many ministries—is not able to keep up.  Responsibility for the roads needs to be clear.
1 MARCH 2011 | PANJSHER PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
In the rugged mountainous Anaba District of Panjsher Province, most residents live in mud houses and suffer from lack of access to safe drinking water.  Residents typically collect water from unprotected springs located far from their homes high in the mountains.
 
1 MARCH 2011 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Arghandab in Kandahar is a district renowned for its fierce local pride and proud farming tradition.  However in recent years it has become better know as a district of conflict, which has brought with it political instability and poverty.
1 MARCH 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
For many ordinary Afghans, making ends meet is a daily struggle.  The challenge of finding work is even more daunting for the physically disabled.  After years of war and continuing violence, an average of one out of every five households in Afghanistan has a family member with a disability.  Meanwhile, the country faces an estimated unemployment rate of 35 percent, meaning that jobs are scarce for the able-bodied and physically challenged alike.
 
28 FEBRUARY 2011 | HIRAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
28 FEBRUARY 2011 | KAPISA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
3 FEBRUARY 2011 | HERAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
2 FEBRUARY 2011 | HERAT CITY, AFGHANISTAN
 
Nine months ago, there was no service to assist Afghan taxpayers with completing tax forms and clarifying complicated tax requirements.  Visiting the Herat Medium Taxpayer Office today, taxpayers are met by skilled staff ready to provide tax education and filing assistance.
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014