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.

8 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Children across Afghanistan desire an education.  However, they must overcome many challenges to succeed, as issues such as security, distance, poverty, and poor health undermine their ability to develop and thrive at school.
 
6 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
For decades, Afghanistan has relied on imports from its neighbors to meet its requirements for wheat and other commodities.  However, with reduced wheat harvests in Russia and Pakistan and food prices rising around the world, the key to Afghanistan’s food security for the future is self-reliance.
 
5 NOVEMBER 2010 | NURISTAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
From craggy slopes of the Hindu Kush, Nuristan feeds snowpack and monsoon runoff into eastern Afghanistan’s river network, often with devastating consequences.  Unchecked, these seasonal torrents wash out nearby settlements and flood riverside communities hundreds of kilometers downstream, some as far away as Pakistan.  To compound the problem, Nuristan’s once-abundant forests, a natural defense against erosion and flooding, have been decimated by logging, drought, and clearing for farmland.
5 NOVEMBER 2010 | AL TEMOR, LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
5 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Khodai Nazar received a call one morning from the district governor of his district of Uruzgan Province.  The governor reported that Nazar was invited to a meeting of elders the next day in Kabul and encouraged him to take advantage of the opportunity.
 
“I wasn’t able to decide what to do,” said Nazar, an elder from a remote Uruzgan village.  “I wanted to participate.  I knew the meeting could help solve our village problems.”
 
5 NOVEMBER 2010
 
Abdul Basir Hotak, the owner of the Afghan-Macau Cashmere and Leather Processing Company, is witnessing the birth of a vibrant industry that could make Afghanistan a world player in the production of luxury clothing items. 
 
“A revolution in the cashmere sector is happening in Afghanistan,” said Hotak, whose company exports up to 350 metric tons of cashmere annually to make high-quality sweaters, scarves, and other clothing. 
 
5 NOVEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
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.
 

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Last updated: January 06, 2014