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.

13 JUNE 2010 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Many Afghan women and girls are illiterate due to cultural norms and oppressive measures enforced during Taliban rule.  Denied the opportunity to learn marketable skills, these women and their families lack employment opportunities and face poverty.  Today, there is a critical need for vocational training that reaches out to women.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Art may not spring to mind as a beneficiary of improved energy in Afghanistan. However, the availability of 24-hour electricity in Kabul, through USAID, is benefiting the efforts of a young artist.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | JAWZJAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
With sadness in her eyes, 16-year-old Fatima cradles her baby boy. Her son is often ill and has remained small compared to other children.  She doesn’t know how to help him. Fatima’s story is all too common in Afghanistan, where more than 50 percent of children are chronically malnourished. Additionally, malnutrition is responsible for approximately 50 percent of child deaths in the country. 
 
13 JUNE 2010 | RABAT, GHOR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
The establishment of a community development council (CDC) in the village of Rabat in Ghor Province has opened the door to educational opportunities for residents.  After its formation with the support of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), the CDC, an elected body of male and female community members, evaluated the needs of the community and created a literacy course with experienced male and female instructors.
 
13 JUNE 2010 | KHOST PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
13 JUNE 2010 | EASTERN AFGHANISTAN
 
13 JUNE 2010 | JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN
 
7 JUNE 2010 | PULI KHUMRI, AFGHANISTAN
 
6 JUNE 2010 | BEHSUD DISTRICT, NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
With limited job opportunities and high poverty in remote areas of Afghanistan, local people consider joining the insurgency.  Addressing this issue in Behsud District of Nangarhar Province, USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East, and West (IDEA-NEW) program supported establishing a textile processing facility to generate local level employment and strengthen the textile value chain.
 

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Last updated: December 23, 2014