2017 in Photos: Snapshots of development progress

January 9, 2018

From healing displaced learners through education in Nigeria to planting new seeds and new hope with farmers in Honduras, 2017 was a year full of positive change across Creative’s programs. Take a look at the images that captured the journey.

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Creative President and CEO Leland Kruvant visits an Outreach Center during a visit to El Salvador. The El Salvador Crime and Violence Prevention Project has established more than 160 such centers to provide resources and opportunity to local youth in high-risk areas. Photo by David Parival.

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Responding to trauma with hope and healing, USAID’s Nigeria Education Crisis Response project has provided a sense of stability to 88,000 displaced, vulnerable students with wraparound services like Social Emotional Learning. Photo by Erick Gibson.

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With support from USAID’s Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, more Afghan women can generate income outside their homes. Staff of an NGO called Label Step, which supports women rug weavers, took program courses in marketing, finance and project management, allowing them to boost productivity and business. Photo by Jim Huylebroek.

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Farmers in Honduras’ Dry Corridor region will increase incomes, diversify diets and become more resilient with technical assistance and support from the World Bank-funded Dry Corridor Alliance-PROSASUR project, which Creative is implementing with INVEST-Honduras. Photo by Skip Brown.

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In some of El Salvador’s most high-risk municipalities, USAID’s Crime and Violence Prevention Project is bringing new resources and opportunities to communities and youth, such as family counseling, that build resiliency to gangs. Photo by Erick Gibson.

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Armed with her camera, Fati Abubakar documents the hope and beauty of everyday life in her home of Borno State, Nigeria, as a counter to Boko Haram’s violence in the region. Her story was featured in a 2017 documentary called “Boko Haram: Journey from Evil” produced by Voice of America in collaboration with USAID and Creative. Photo by Erick Gibson.

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In Somaliland’s 2017 presidential election, women played critical roles as voters, poll workers, and political party agents. USAID’s Bringing Unity, Integrity, and Legitimacy to Democracy project supports efforts to encourage voters to engage in the electoral process. Photo by Jim Huylebroek.

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In Honduras, families in neighborhoods with high rates of crime and violence are receiving support through USAID’s Proponte Más program. Local leaders serving as family “promoters” work with their neighbors to build resiliency to gangs, particularly among youth. Photo by Emanuel Rodriguez.

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USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus project has distributed more than 1.9 million textbooks, opening new doors for children—especially girls and orphans—in two Nigeria states to improve their basic literacy and math skills. Photo by Erick Gibson.

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