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.

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.

To help Afghan lawyers, USAID supported the formation of the Afghan Media Lawyers Committee, operating underneath the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA). The Media Lawyers Committee serves as a forum for lawyers in Afghanistan with an interest in media law and policy to share best practices, defend the legal protection of journalists and the press, promote the professional standards of media law advocates, and draft reports and advocate for the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and information.  

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.

“Shir Sultan” (Lion King) marked his first International Earth Day event on the 22nd of April at the International School of Kabul where H.E. Mayor Nowandish introduced the children’s mascot and distributed coloring books that tell the story of how garbage is collected by the municipality. The Mayor also hailed the role children play in communicating the need for a cleaner and greener city for their future. The event marked the start of USAID-funded “Cleaning and Greening Campaign” in Kabul. 

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.

What would entice a young university graduate to intern with the Herat Provincial Council?  Answer: the USAID-funded Support to Sub-National Governance Institutions (SNG) Project which provides technical assistance to Provincial Councils. A particularly interesting project component for youth is that university and higher education students are positioned to learn and assist within the PCs on six-month internships.  Recently 13 interns (six women and seven men) in western provinces of Badghis, Farah, Ghor, and Herat completed their internships. 

 Although agricultural technical schools are not a new industry in Timor-Leste, developing the specific business training within these schools for budding entrepreneurs is a new and exciting facet. To meet the need and ensure a program that proved inspiring, USAID brought in Land O'Lakes to design, develop, and implement the one-year vocational training curriculum.

Like so many young people in Jordan and around the world, Murad Al Zaghal was in need of opportunities to express his creative voice in a way that contributed to his personal growth. By participating in USAID’s International Youth Day 2011, 19- year-old Al Zaghal got a boost to his confidence and abilities while pursuing his passion for design.

Seventy percent of Jordan’s population is under age 30, and nearly two-thirds of working-age youth are unemployed. The Government of Jordan has made the positive participation of youth in all aspects of life a high priority, and USAID recently initiated an integrated set of programs to address youth and poverty.


Orphan support is an important component of the USAID-funded Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program, known as CHAMP, which has, since 2009, delivered to nearly 8,000 orphans and vulnerable children a wide range of services such as education - school fees, life skills training through youth clubs, recreational activities, vocational training, emotional support, legal support - provision of birth certificates; referral of sick children to health facilities and follow-up home visits.


Last updated: January 16, 2015