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.

Traditionally, rural Afghan women rarely work outside their homes, but years of war and disease have left many households without a primary breadwinner. Strict societal rules keep women at home, taking care of children, cooking, and caring for the family. In addition to tending to the household and the family, widows have been forced to seek employment to meet basic family needs such as food and shelter. When they work, they rarely mix with men and often face threats of violence for not adhering to traditional female roles.

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Bamyan’s mountain ranges are beautiful to the eye. Rugged peaks and ridges are separated by valleys, carved out over the centuries by streams and rivers supporting the green web of vegetation along their banks.

Many children in Afghanistan die each year of easily preventable diseases. Nearly 25 percent of those deaths are due to diarrhea. These frequent attacks of diarrhea are among the main causes of under-nutrition, which delays development and is implicated in over half of all childhood deaths.

Kunduz is a relatively large city located in northern Afghanistan. Several English and computer training centers exist within the region, but in most families women are not allowed to attend classes with men. These constraints restrict female access to the training facilities.

There are 225 families living in Taibuti Village near central Bamyan Province without access to potable water. Most of the inhabitants have been suffering from diseases including diarrhea, kidney disease, and thyroid problems. Sediqa, head of the Afghan Families Development Organization based in Bamyan, decided to train women from the community to make water filters from common materials available in the local area.

Afghanistan’s colossus is awakening after decades of neglect. Standing at 7,492 meters in the Hindu Kush Mountains of the Wakhan Corridor, Mount Noshaq is Afghanistan’s highest peak. Noshaq was popular among foreign mountaineers in the years between its first ascent in 1960 and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Chair of the British Mountaineering Club, Lindsay Griffin, who climbed the peak in 1977, states that Noshaq could be one of the most popular mountains in the world due to its elevation, the non-technical ascent route, and the stable summer weather.

A woman in Zinda Jan district of Hirat Province reported that she once accidentally gave veterinary medicine to her child because she did not have basic health information.

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Last updated: January 07, 2015