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.

1 OCTOBER 2006 | GHAZNI PROVINCE
 
Travel over the old 64 km Ghazni to Sharan Road previously was slow, dangerous and unreliable. The new road now serves as an economic corridor for better access between the key cities of Ghazni in Ghazni Province and Sharan in Paktika Province. It facilitates expedient transportation of farm products to market, enhances economic development, and promotes social interaction along the road route.
 
1 SEPTEMBER 2006 | QALAT, ZABUL PROVINCE
 
The completion of the first airstrip in Zabul Province will provide a gateway to further development, economic growth, and communication links for the province.
 
1 SEPTEMBER 2006 | QALAT, ZABUL PROVINCE
 
Zabul Province is exceptionally poor, rural, and illiterate with a challenging topography of mountains to the north and remote villages speckled across a dry, arid landscape. Although there are clinics or hospitals in eight of the 11 districts, access to quality health services remains a great challenge for the majority of the province.
 
1 SEPTEMBER 2006 | BAZARAK, PANJSHIR PROVINCE
 
The paved road running through the Panjshir is transforming the Panjshir Valley. “Panjshir used to be isolated like an island,” explains Tajadeen, a well known Panjshiri. “The people know about this road, and they are excited about it. We’re moving forward.”
 
15 JULY 2006 | ZAWA, KHOGYANI DISTRICT, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE
 
“I worked on poppy fields in Badakhshan and could hardly earn Afs. 5,000 per month ($100) including my stay and food. When I got to know that ALP/E cash-for-work projects started in our village close to my home with good pay, I decided to come back to the region and work in the cash-for-work project,” said Mohammad Noor, a 28-year old who supports a joint family of seventeen members in Zawa, Khogyani District of eastern Afghanistan.
 
1 JUNE 2006 | KABUL
 
The current Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) complex in Kabul is approximately 25 years old. However, Afghanistan inaugurated the Mines Agency in July 1955. During the recent years of instability the majority of geological work ceased and the facility was reduced to a derelict shell.
 
1 JUNE 2006 | PUL-E-ALAM, LOGAR PROVINCE
 
Road reconstruction is a high priority for the Government of Afghanistan. The Pul-e-Alam road to the Kabul Kandahar Ring Road was a rough trail that passed over rugged hillsides, gullies and creeks. The travel time was slow, expensive, dangerous and unreliable.
 
1 MAY 2006 | FAYZABAD, BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE
 
“Women are largely responsible for tending to animals in Afghanistan. There really is a need for women veterinarians to work with them.” --Fareba Miriam
 
1 MAY 2006 | PARWAN PROVINCE
 
“With the money I am making at the factory, I will be able to help my brothers and sisters pay for a university education.”—Noria Sedequi
 
Noria Sedequi and her family of ten lived in Pakistan for eight years during the Taliban regime. They returned to Parwan Province, about 60 kilometers north of Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2001. Jobs were scarce and Noria realized that there were even fewer jobs in her community for women who wanted to work.
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014