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 | BAKWA DISTRICT, FARAH PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KAHMARD DISTRICT, BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The shoes were the first indication.  Tan lace-up boots, black rubber sandals, backless slippers, and penny loafers lined the blue canvas tarmac where almost 300 assembled.  The people were gathered to address the violence that threatens a 164-kilometer road that USAID funds.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
At the Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), women were not moving up in the ranks, mostly due to a lack of human capacity building opportunities.  USAID created and funded the Afghan Energy Capacity Building Project (AECB), which has empowered more than 100 MEW women employees, giving them the capacity to thrive in what was once an entirely male-dominated ministry.  The MEW’s Vocational Training Center’s Instructors and female students have also  benefitted from the AECB training.
11 OCTOBER 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
Families in rural Afghanistan face significant challenges securing steady jobs and steady income.  The primary industry in Eastern Afghanistan is agriculture, with only seasonal and temporary job opportunities for most men.  Decades of war and conflict have compounded the situation.  As a result, women have had to find ways to supplement their husbands’ incomes despite their limited opportunities to learn new vocational skills and the cultural obstacles women face in the workforce.
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Built by USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program, the new 105-megawatt Tarakhil Power Plant has trained workers at every skill level, helping to ensure sustainable operations of the plant that provide a reliable source of electricity to the region.
 
11 OCTOBER 2010 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Before Abdul Wahab signed up for a USAID-funded AVIPA Plus training course in animal husbandry, the farmer, who has no formal education, took his knowledge of the subject from family tradition and neighbors’ advice.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Culminating three years of construction and intensive capacity building, on June 27, the U.S. Government handed over to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan the 105-megawatt Tarakhil Power Plant in Kabul, a state-of-the-art thermal facility consisting of 18 medium-speed diesel engines.  It can serve more than half a million residents at peak periods and can back up the country’s North East Power System.
 

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Last updated: December 12, 2014