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.

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.
 
6 MAY 2012 | AFGHANISTAN
 
CHALLENGE    The lack of legal protection for journalists and lawyers’ unfamiliarity of core concepts of media law have contributed to a weak advocacy environment and the poor implementation of Afghanistan’s Mass Media Law.
 
3 MAY 2012 | AFGHANISTAN
 
Journalists are faced with few opportunities in Afghanistan for increasing their knowledge and technical skills. For the first time in Afghanistan, aspiring journalists, broadcasters and media managers have the opportunity to partake in a highly practical radio, television, print and new media curriculum at the Nai Media Institute’s Diploma in Media.
 
30 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Through Shir Sultan’s adventures in coloring books, billboards and posters, the children of Kabul learn how to plant trees and keep the city clean and beautiful for years to come.
 
29 APRIL 2012 | ZABUL, AFGHANISTAN
 
Radio Surghar understands the importance of radio for local people. “We reflect the issues of our community in our radio programs, and we encourage the authorities to respond to community problems and to carry out necessary develop-ment projects in our district,” says Surghar Radio Station Manager Ahmad Khan.
 
26 APRIL 2012 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
 
“I’ve learned that if I come to a high government position, I should not be arrogant or selfish. I must be humble.” - Sousan Hasanzada, a recent graduate of Herat University Faculty of Journalism and a graduate of the six-month Herat Provincial Council internship 
 

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Last updated: January 07, 2014