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 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
2 NOVEMBER 2011 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
Serving sweet candies with tea in social gatherings or in other occasions is a common practice in Afghanistan. These colorful delights are usually imported from other countries despite the potential to produce them locally. However, some firms, like the Shadmehr Candy Production Company in Mazar-i Sharif, have started producing candies locally.
 
1 NOVEMBER 2012 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
During a recent “Youth and Municipality” seminar in Herat’s Mahjooba Herawi Girls High School students listened attentively as Herat’s Revenue Manager, Provincial Environment Director and Administration Director discussed municipal budget and GIRoA’s approach to environmental issues. Following the presentations, Administration Director Abdul Ahmad Khan opened the floor to questions.
 
30 OCTOBER 2012 | SAR-E-PUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Sayid Hamrah fled Pesta Mazar Village, Sar-e-Pul Province to Iran from the Taliban. “They killed my brother in-law and looted my harvest including 700 kg of wheat and barley,” said Hamrah.
 
29 OCTOBER 2012 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan’s first advanced search-and-rescue team (SART) went into service in Badakhshan recently. The team was trained and equipped under USAID OFDA’s Disaster Risk Reduction project.
 
The SART consists of 24 volunteers, including 10 women, from Badakshan-a province highly vulnerable to natural disaster, including earthquakes, landslides, floods, and other hazards.
 
24 OCTOBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Wakeels are unpaid elected community-level representatives who act as liaisons between constituents and the municipal office, in Kandahar City. They promote the interests and needs of their communities and function as community advocates.
 
22 OCTOBER 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Humira is a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul and she now teaches at its calligraphy and miniature painting school. She says it’s a dream come true. “I joined the school because of my special interest in sustaining our traditional art, which is diminishing because of decades of war. Enrolling helped me learn the art of my passion.”
 
21 OCTOBER 2012 | GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN
 
“We had no water— none. When the rains came, the water would get trapped in the canal sediment or flood the village,” recounts Mohammed Razik, a Qalatee elder. Located on the outskirts of the capital of Ghazni Province, Qalatee is a rural village of over 15,000 inhabitants who rely on agriculture and animal husbandry for sustenance and economic support.
 
16 OCTOBER 2012 | PARWAN, AFGHANISTAN

Farmer Abdul Wahid and 15 fellow vegetable and fruit farmers from the village of Bodikow, Parwan will sleep more soundly tonight with the assurance of a buyer at harvest. On July 18, 2012, these 16 farmers signed a mutually beneficial agreement with Boustan-e-Sabz, a large Afghan agricultural trading company. The contract gives farmers security to succeed in their business and the buyer a promise of high quality produce at the end of the season.

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Last updated: August 27, 2014