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.

21 APRIL 2009 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s Constitution clearly states that men and women are equal in the eyes of the law.  However, violations of women’s rights are widespread, and many Afghan women do not know how to use the formal justice system to protect their rights.  To provide women – as well as men and children – with a better understanding of gender equality, women’s rights, and the legal system, USAID launched a public awareness campaign in Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces in spring 2009.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s farmers frequently lack access to the agricultural supplies and equipment they need to grow bountiful crops and raise healthy livestock.  To provide these goods at an affordable price, USAID established a network of privately owned AgDepot rural farm stores that operate under the Durukshan Association through local Afghan entrepreneurs.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | PULI KHUMRI, AFGHANISTAN
 
Good governance is possible when citizens and elected officials have the opportunity to discuss local needs and government services on a regular basis.  In a country like Afghanistan, poor roads, insufficient communications infrastructure, and security concerns hinder both direct and indirect exchanges.  Bridging this gap in communications is essential to providing security and public services, as well as building trust between the government and its constituents.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Tolo TV’s Dream and Achieve (Fikr wa Talash) has awakened Afghanistan’s entrepreneurial spirit.  In a country where new business development is essential for continued economic growth, this popular television show is helping entrepreneurs improve their businesses while educating viewers about the importance of the private sector.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | JALALABAD, NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Until recently, it was not possible to earn a business degree in Afghanistan.  However, the country’s economic development is dependent upon well-educated young people to open new businesses and manage existing firms.  Business and entrepreneurship education programs are in high demand, and USAID is taking note. 
 
4 APRIL 2009 | JALALABAD, NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Young men who lack an education or trade skills are left with few opportunities in Afghanistan.  Manual day labor jobs are often the only legal employment options available, but the work is sporadic and the pay is not sufficient to support a family.  To provide these at-risk young men with practical job training and steady, well-paid employment, USAID launched an apprenticeship program in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | SHIBIRGHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s energy needs vastly outweigh its domestic production.  Today, only 10-12% of Afghan citizens have access to electricity on a regular basis, and the country needs an influx of energy resources and infrastructure to provide reliable power throughout the country. 
 
4 APRIL 2009 | BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Animal husbandry is an unforgiving profession in Afghanistan.  Economic survival depends on the number of sheep, goats, and cattle a family can sell each year.  However, the lack of veterinary care in many areas leads to animal deaths, impoverishing families and endangering Afghanistan’s food supply.  USAID-funded veterinary clinics are changing that by providing healthcare and vaccines to keep animals healthy.
 
4 APRIL 2009 | FARAH, AFGHANISTAN
 
In western Afghanistan’s Farah Province, women have few opportunities to go to school or work outside of the home.  Even when they possess a useful, income-earning skill like tailoring, many women stay at home during the day for cultural or security reasons.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014