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 JUNE 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
‘…we did it, and we can now continue to trade with the rest of the world. We have proved we are part of the global marketplace’ ¬ Sarwar Siddiqi, Afghanistan Customs Department
 
3 JUNE 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
When apple and grape growers in the Shakardara district of Kabul province contacted the Provincial Governor, it was to seek help in the fight against a very particular enemy – the seasonal disease that can blight farmers’ lives and livelihoods.
 
31 MAY 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
‘We are here to support women in protecting their rights, and to raise aware-ness with all of the Afghan people to support their rights to inherit land’ Hussan Bano Ghazanfar, minister for women’s affairs
 
Zakira was 19 when her parents introduced her to her future husband – a soldier in the Afghan army, which was, at the time, fighting the Soviets.  She fell in love and after they were married, she moved into a house built on land that her husband’s family owned.    
22 MAY 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
Nine stricken families in the eastern province of Nangarhar received food and support in the initial aftermath of the suicide attack. Now, they will receive follow-on assistance tailored to their needs
 
21 MAY 2012 | PANJSHIR, AFGHANISTAN
 
For the first time in a generation, thousands of young people across Panjshir are learning the tools that will enable them to join the workforce in the global village. Three-thousand students, including 900 girls, study English, computer skills, math, physics, chemistry and biology at educational centers in the Shutul, Rukha, Hesa Awal, Dara, Anaba, and Paryan districts.
 
14 MAY 2012 | JAWZJAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
In northern Afghanistan, change can sound a little like this: “Previously, I was opposed to female education, I thought that it was unlawful, not in accordance to Islam and the holy Quran. After watching the TV shows on Friday nights through Arzu TV, I realized that in a democratic environment, both women and men have equal  rights  and  according  to  Islam.”
 
13 MAY 2012 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
With the support of USAID, customs and police officers on Afghanistan’s border with Uzbekistan started conducting joint examinations of vehicles, strengthening control of borders and reducing opportunities for corruption and other illegal activities.
 
9 MAY 2012 | SHIBERGHAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
With Afghanistan home to valuable natural resources such as gas, minerals, gems and marble, journalists are turning the spotlight on the country’s economic potential.
 
7 MAY 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
“The government is telling us, get rid of your poppies. But poppies bring big money. We can’t do this without outside help.”
 
Tawoz is a farmer from the southern Afghan province of Kandahar. He and his family of 40 depend on a two-acre farm for survival. Six years ago, under pressure from local warlords, he shifted from wheat to poppy production.The income from poppy was better than what he made when he farmed wheat, but it also put him in debt to the Taliban.
 

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Last updated: March 18, 2014