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.

25 AUGUST 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
23 AUGUST 2012 | PARWAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
Clean drinking water has become a reality for Barik Ab, a small town near Bagram Airbase. Till July 31, when the new water system was inaugurated, the inhabitants of Barik Ab had to walk miles to draw unsafe water from drying wells. USAID, in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, worked on a permanent solution to the problem.
 
22 AUGUST 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
15 AUGUST 2012 | AFGHANISTAN
 
9 AUGUST 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
More than two hundred women work in ten gabion weaving centers in Pachir Wa Agam and Chaparthar districts of Nangarhar province. The centers were established by USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Development for the North, East, West (IDEA-NEW) Project.
 

New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, is a hardy, high-yielding rice varietal that USAID is helping bring to farmers, including Coulibaly. Through the United States' flagship food security initiative, Feed the Future, USAID works with grassroots organizations and producer cooperatives to make NERICA available on a large scale in Senegal to increase rice production, and in turn, improve families’ food security and incomes.

Twenty-year-old Hrayr Kurdian was born and raised in Aanjar, a town in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. He has always loved the outdoors and prefers spending time in nature to surfing the Internet or playing video games like other young adults.

Kurdian moved to Beirut hoping to work, but found it difficult to adapt to urban life and missed Aanjar's natural surroundings. He ended up moving back to Aanjar but struggled to find work. With only 2,400 residents in the winter, the community offered few opportunities.

Michel Dorlean, a Haitian horticulturalist, grew up learning the family business of planting and growing flowers on hillside plots in his mountainous hometown of Furcy. Despite all the intensive work that goes into cultivating flowers, Dorlean and many other local flower producers struggled each year to reach their full earning potential. Today, thanks to assistance from Feed the Future, Dorlean is the president of a flower growers’ association in Furcy that generates US$18,000 per year. The project, implemented through USAID, is teaching smallholder farmers like Dorlean and his association how to use greenhouse agriculture to produce a higher quantity and quality of crops on smaller areas of land. 

7 AUGUST 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, who despite security threats, work tirelessly to increase access to information and serve their communities.
 
As a partner of the USAID-funded Afghanistan Media Development and Empowerment Project (AMDEP) and the premier media training and advocacy organization in Afghanistan, Nai has worked locally to empower independent media through training and advancing the legal enabling environment.

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Last updated: July 30, 2014