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.

23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Thousands of kilometers of rehabilitated provincial and rural roads have fallen into disrepair.  Deteriorating roads make it more difficult for Afghans to access key services such as health care and education.  To address this issue, 23 senior officials from the Afghan government and leaders from the private sector recently gathered in Delhi at a USAID sponsored conference to hear practitioners from around the world discuss best practices and innovations in road management and finance.
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | GARMSER DISTRICT, HILMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
USAID’s Afghanistan Vouchers for Increased Production in Agriculture (AVIPA) Plus program not only improves farm production in Afghanistan: it also helps create trust between farmers and their government, giving them a taste of the benefits that come with governance.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | MANDRAWOR VILLAGE, LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
In Eastern Afghanistan’s Laghman Province, women have few opportunities to work outside of the home or go to school.  However, carpet weaving has emerged as a way for women to earn income and support their families.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | TAKHTA PUL, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Like many Afghans, Ahmad Jan has the support of a large family unit bound by strong traditions.  He cultivates a six-hectare plot of land in Takhta Pul located in Kandahar Province with his 11 children and another 20 family members.  Although this land has been with the family through three decades of war, its ouput has never enabled them to do more than just get by.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | GHAZNI PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Non-violent conflict resolution in local communities is essential for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.  In the recent history of this war-torn country, the most effective agents for advancing peace and security have been indigenous structures such as Shuras, Jirgas, and Maliks.  Maliks are key local power brokers who serve as arbiters in family and community conflict.
 
23 SEPTEMBER 2010 | AKHANDZADA VILLAGE, KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Life in Akhandzada Village, located in Kandahar, has never been easy.  But when its ancient water source dried up, so did the local economy.
 
20 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
It is not easy for journalists in Afghanistan’s south to travel to major cities for media training.  Stories abound of young journalists confronted at illegal checkpoints by Taliban and other anti-government groups, where the greatest fear is that a search will reveal their journalist’s card.  However, many journalists are willing to take the risk because they are committed to building a free press and an informed populace.
 
20 SEPTEMBER 2010 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Each year, Abdul Kabir noticed his barley yield dropping from the year before.  When a friend told him about a new call-in radio program where he could talk about his problem with a government expert, the farmer in the Dand District of southern Afghanistan was skeptical.  He’d never heard of an agricultural extension agent, much less talked to one.
 

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Last updated: December 23, 2014