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 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.
 
13 APRIL 2006 | KABUL
 
Effective in 86 percent of tuberculosis cases treated in Afghanistan, the USAID-sponsored treatment regime requires patients to commit to daily treatment at a clinic for two months and weekly treatment for six months thereafter.
 
Seventeen-year-old Wasil is one of 76,000 Afghans with new, active cases of tuberculosis (TB) each year. Without treatment half of those infected will succumb to the disease.
 
13 APRIL 2006 | JALALABAD, NANGARHAR PROVINCE
 
USAID is helping revitalize a legendary olive industry, providing farmers with immediate income while rebuilding groves that will bring future wealth.
 
Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan, was once home to over 5,000 hectares of olive orchards. The province was famous for its olives, and raw olives were once one of the largest agricultural industries in the country, but decades of violence led to the destruction of many of the province’s olive groves.
13 APRIL 2006 | KANDAHAR PROVINCE
 
“Farmers are happy to see the Government of Afghanistan delivering upon their promise to provide some assistance to farmers in connection with poppy eradication,” said Haji Khairdullah, Zhari Dast District Police Commander.
 
13 APRIL 2006 | JALALABAD, NANGARHAR PROVINCE
 
“I feel I was lucky to be a part of USAID’s training on crop sorting, grading, packaging, and transportation. I am sure my business will be further safeguarded following guidelines on managing and assembling products to be transported to the market,” said Muhammad Sarwar, a training participant.
 
1 APRIL 2006 | KABUL
 
“Ali, Hussain, and I thank you for sending us the Dari textbooks. These boys deserve a chance to catch up on the basics from primary school. It is essential for their self esteem and their academic success,” said schoolteacher Trish Wrightson, who is teaching the boys English in the United Kingdom.
 
4 OCTOBER 2005 | KABUL
 
"They have benefited a lot from the training and have already started applying the new experience in every day work," said Treasury official Mujeebullah Sulaimankail.
 
4 OCTOBER 2005 | KABUL
 
"All of us need the support that an organization like this can provide," said one midwife. "Until now, we've had to work alone."
 
1 DECEMBER 2004 | KABUL
 
“This is not a time to weep, but to work… We have responsibilities.”
 
USAID provides Afghan women with the means to earn a living through 86 bakeries managed by widows that help feed the elderly, disabled,orphans and other destitute families bakeries. Employing 897 poor women, this program reached more than 176,000 Kabul residents in 2003 with a daily ration of fortified bread at a subsidized price.
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014