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.

30 DECEMBER 2008 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan has the world’s second highest maternal mortality ratio. Every 27-30 minutes a woman dies from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.  Because this is such a grave health concern, USAID and the Government of the Islamic Republic Afghanistan are committed to training midwives across the country. In spring 2008, 115 community midwives graduated from midwifery education programs in five provinces, including Khost, Bamyan, Badakshan, Takhar and Jawzjan.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Mrs. Semeen has lived in District # 7 of Kabul City all her life. She recalls the disputes neighbors had over land issues and tells the story of one neighbor killing another over a boundary wall. In addition to land disputes, she and her neighbors also lack basic services such as water, power and garbage pickup, and risk eviction or demolition of their property at any time because they do not fall within the city’s urban plan.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | KAJAKI DAM, HILMAND, AFGHANISTAN
 
A convoy of 4,000 coalition troops spent one week fighting off insurgent attacks to clear the way for the delivery of a powerful new turbine to the Kajaki Dam in southern Afghanistan on September 2, 2008. 
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | WADISAR VILLAGE, NANGARHAR
 
Two livestock trainers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have helped build relationships with community members by offering a one-month Livestock Management training course for 40 farmers in the isolated Wadisar village of Nangarhar province.
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | TAGAB, KAPISA PROVINCE
 
In November of 2007, USAID began working directly in the heart of conflict in Afghanistan.  Tagab, located in Kapisa Province, is one of the country’s most underserved and insecure districts.  
 
30 DECEMBER 2008 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Mr. Almas-ullah, a 41-year old farmer in eastern Afghanistan, has been farming poppies since his childhood. Unhappy with growing the illegal crop, he decided he wanted to earn a legitimate living.  “Poppy farming did not significantly improve our lives. I didn’t have peace of mind and always felt guilty,” said Almas-ullah.
 

USAID has been instrumental in developing Kazakhstan’s transition to a free market economy since its departure from the Soviet Union in 1991. With USAID assistance Kazakhstan adopted international accounting standards, privatized state-owned assets, and opened stock and bond markets in 1999. Two years after these markets opened, a local bank named Lariba decided to use Kazakhstan’s capital market to obtain the capital necessary to expand its mortgage product. 

11 OCTOBER 2008 | GOSHTA DISTRICT, NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Children in Goshta now study inside classrooms instead of tents thanks to the efforts of the community and the cooperation of the provincial and district governments.
 
“Our children used to stroll through the streets, fighting and bullying each other,” explained community elder Haji Delawar Khan. “Now they are studying at Goshta School and are busy with school studies.”
 
11 OCTOBER 2008 | GOSHTA DISTRICT, NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 

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Last updated: January 03, 2014