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 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.
 
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.
 

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Last updated: September 22, 2014