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.

In the five months that Mohamed Ahmed Alawili and Hassan Al-Mogahed have been working with livestock extension agents from a USAID agricultural support program in Yemen’s Amran governorate, they have witnessed firsthand the benefits USAID is providing to farmers in the country.

The program is a USAID-funded initiative to enhance agricultural production and rural economic development in Yemen. By using the concentrated feed, mineral blocks, vaccinations and training the program provided, Mohamed and Hassan have seen the health and productivity of their sheep increase dramatically.

7 JUNE 2012 | KAPISA, AFGHANISTAN
 
2,500 evergreen trees, bought with USAID funds, were distributed to locals to be planted in Mahmood i-Raqi, the provincial capital and in Hesa Awal, Hesa Dow and Kohband districts. The Governor called on every family in the province to plant at least one tree each
 
6 JUNE 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
‘I learned that proper form and style in writing is essential to quality work. I also realized that having standards and clarity makes it easier for everyone to work together’
 
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.”
 

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Last updated: January 08, 2014