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.

25 MAY 2010 | MARJA, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
USAID, through its Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture Plus (AVIPA Plus) program, has delivered the first batch of 4,000 irrigation pumps to Marja district in Hilmand province, Afghanistan.  The pumps will benefit rural farm families by bringing much needed water to fields that will soon see a distribution of red onion, spinach, turnip, radish, carrot, and cauliflower seeds, and fertilizers.
 
25 MAY 2010 | NAWA VILLAGE, KUNAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
When water is scarce, rural Afghan communities often have to compete with their neighbors for the vital resource, leading to tension between communities.  Four villages in Kunar province with a long history of conflict were recently brought together by a USAID-funded pipe network to bring running water to communal pumps throughout the village.  The project has increased access to clean water and removed many of the causes of discord between these communities.
 
10 MAY 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
5 MAY 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
5 MAY 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE  The famous Kandahari orchards in times of peace boast Kismish and Ayta grapes, apricots, figs, almonds, and the most illustrious of them all – pomegranates, whose succulent fruit has been a long-standing emblem of this region.  Orchards are vulnerable to the vicissitudes of war: trees that have taken years or decades to develop may be destroyed in an instant.  However, not all enemies of the trees are human: insects can be more dangerous to a tree than a thousand bullets.
4 MAY 2010 | BAND-E-AMIR, BAMYAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The beauty of central Bamyan province’s six cobalt-blue Band-e-Amir lakes always stuns visitors.  Natural travertine dams, created by calcium deposits over many years, support the lakes.  They stretch across the valley in long graceful arcs, and merge into a strikingly beautiful landscape of stone, desert, and water.  The vistas rival those of national parks anywhere in the world.
 
4 MAY 2010 | WAKHAN CORRIDOR, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Kormal, from northern Afghanistan’s Wakhan district, has always been an expert on endangered species.  Just a few years ago, he was making a living for himself and his family by hunting rare snow leopards and lynx and selling their skins to fur traders.
 
4 MAY 2010 | WAKHAN CORRIDOR, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
4 MAY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s long-term economic development relies on well-educated young people with the skills to open new businesses and manage existing firms.  Building a qualified Afghan workforce, particularly at the managerial level, is crucial to the country’s economic growth.  The U.S. Government is helping to develop a strong Afghan workforce through internships and professional training for the next generation of business leaders.
 

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Last updated: July 17, 2014