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.

4 FEBRUARY 2010 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
 
Engineer Abdul Jamil Maseh, director of the Mazar Water Supply Department, is committed to providing the best customer service possible for water customers in the city of Mazari Sharif.  With support from the U.S. Government, Eng. Jamil created a customer care depart­ment in October 2009 and launched a customer service hotline.  Now, city residents can call the department to report service problems, leaks, or damaged infrastructure in their neighborhoods. 
 
1 FEBRUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Building the capacity of Afghanistan’s professionals is essential for Afghanistan’s successful future.  USAID is committed to providing both development assistance and educational programs that will allow Afghans to maintain and expand the development infrastructure in their country.  In September 2009, USAID launched the sixth round of its engineering internship program with a new class of 21 interns. 
 
19 JANUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
19 JANUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
On December 8, 2009, more Afghans in the capital city of Kabul gained access to locally produced power from the USAID-funded Tarakhil Power Plant.  Engineers activated the plant’s third and final power block, rendering the plant fully capable of producing the 105 megawatts (MW) of energy it was built to deliver. 
 
3 JANUARY 2010 | LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghan-led, community-oriented development is essential to building a well-governed, democratic country that meets the needs of its citizens.  USAID and the Afghan Independent Directorate of Local Governance are helping Afghans take ownership of their own local governance and development priorities through the creation of community councils.  These councils improve community coordination and communication with the Afghan government on issues such as security, corruption, and development.
3 JANUARY 2010 | HIRAT PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
 
When paraveterinarian Momena Mohammadi drives to villages to treat farmers’ livestock, other Afghan women ask her how they too can become a paravet.  Women are not the only ones eager to follow in her footsteps; Mohammadi’s husband and eldest son also want to earn a living through veterinary services.
 
3 JANUARY 2010 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
29 DECEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s pomegranate juice is renowned for its flavor within the country, but its benefits have largely been unavailable in other countries.  That changed on November 21, when Omaid Bahar Processing Company, a modern juice processing facility established with the support of USAID, secured its first export deal.  The deal marks the first export of any kind of Afghan juice to an international buyer.
 
24 DECEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Each morning, Hamida, an eleven-year-old student in Kabul, packs her schoolbag.  Alongside her pens and books, she carries a bright green-and-white laptop.  “It’s like a friend and teacher to me,” she says.  “I can look and try to solve questions and spend my time learning.”
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014