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.

29 NOVEMBER 2010 | OMAKAI VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Residents of Omakai Village in Balkh Province have long suffered from a lack of social and economic development opportunities and access to basic services because of an absence of proper roads and transportation to the district center.  With local residents unable to travel, the village became host to a high level of insurgent activity, and the local government was unable to regain control of the area.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
A recent annual survey ranks Afghanistan as one of the second most corrupt country in the world, with only Somalia ranking worse.  Despite this reputation, Afghan governmental officials are making efforts to reduce corruption.  This has included the Afghanistan Supreme Court establishing the country’s first Anti-Corruption Tribunal.
 
29 NOVEMBER 2010 | ORYA KHIL VILLAGE, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 NOVEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Hamkari de Kandahar Lepara (cooperation for Kandahar) is the Afghan Government’s strategy to provide the people of Kandahar with security, representative governance, and social service delivery through the Afghan Government and the international community.  The plan combines improved governance with development and stabilization efforts in Kandahar City, a previous Taliban stronghold that has suffered from a lack of community engagement with the government.
 
23 NOVEMBER 2010 | HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Women in Hilmand Province, located in Afghanistan’s conservative south, live under extremely restrictive conditions.  They rarely leave their homes and it is difficult for development activities to reach them.  Nevertheless, the Department of Women’s Affairs has played an active role in the province since 2002, maintaining women’s centers in several locations that serve as the only resource centers where women can socialize, receive vocational training, and hold events.
 
16 NOVEMBER 2010 | HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
For the past eight months, farmers in the southern Afghan district of Marja have lived in fear of accepting government or foreign aid.  Assassinations, road bombs, and night letters intimidated the local population.
 
13 NOVEMBER 2010 | ARGHANDAB, AFGHANISTAN
 
It’s harvest time again in Arghandab, in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar.  At an orchard near the village of Mian Juy, pickers on high pomegranate branches drop fruit into the hands of waiting packers.  Zahir Shah, a local buyer, moves among them, tabulating numbers on a clipboard.  He’s been buying pomegranates wholesale for seven years, and he says he’s never seen a harvest like this one.
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines with the strength of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. Although the toll of destruction is not yet clear, we know that millions of people have been affected, including thousands of people who have lost their lives, homes, or livelihoods. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Philippines and the humanitarian teams that are working around the clock to save lives.

11 NOVEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR CITY, AFGHANISTAN
 
Six new community centers opened their doors this fall to villagers in Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces.  The centers are the first of their kind in both provinces, offering citizens access to legal awareness and public outreach resources, along with classes to build technical skills and a space to host community meetings.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014