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.

11 OCTOBER 2010 | HIRAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | BALA BULUK DISTRICT, FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
When 19-year-old Adbul Manan of Bala Buluk District in Farah Province learned that his father had died as a result of accidental fire from international military forces, he made the difficult decision to drop out of school and become the breadwinner for his mother and three younger siblings.
 
“I was very disappointed that I had to leave school and it was difficult to earn money,” said Abdul.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | BALKH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Haji Ghafoor is a farmer located in the Balkh canal irrigation system, where water allocation is done by farmers who take weekly turns irrigating their fields.  Each farmer is allotted a limited amount of time to access the canal in proportion to his landholdings.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ZHARI DASHT, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | LOY KAREZ, AFGHANISTAN
 
An army tank is a formidable presence in the quiet village of Loy Karez in southern Afghanistan.  As its engine rumbles to a halt and the dust settles, children flock to the tank from nearby houses, giving the dismounting soldiers the thumbs-up.
 
“That’s a good sign,” says Major Joseph Roberts of the U.S. Army as his troops fan out across the street.  “Kids know when there’s trouble.  When you don’t see any kids, you start to worry.”
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | ASADABAD, KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Inamullah said that he did not know 72 bottles of liquor were stashed in his car.  The 25-year-old taxi driver charged with smuggling alcohol told judges that he observed boxes loaded into his vehicle, but he didn’t know what was in them.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Like sentries, they stand, each 40 meters tall.  A line of 1,389 of them stretches between Uzbekistan and central Kabul.
 
These soaring transmission towers string together 419 kilometers of double circuit wires.  Since February 2009, they have delivered 24-hour electricity to Kabul and neighboring areas.  Thousands of similar towers can be seen along the borders of Tajikistan and Kunduz and from Turkmenistan to the cities of Andkoy and Hirat.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
It was the first time she had ever been asked to leave her village for a meeting in nearby Kandahar City.  Her decision to participate wasn’t easy – just a few days earlier, six Afghans had been killed there, one of whom was simply selling bread to the government.  Her district, Arghandab, had recently seen increased insurgent activity that made travel a life-threatening choice.
 

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Last updated: October 29, 2014