People in the Western Hemisphere live in countries that are more democratic and economically open than three decades ago. Yet there remain pockets of insecurity, economic fragility and educational deficiencies that still need to be addressed. Creative has been leading innovative, sustainable development programs in key Latin American and Caribbean countries for four decades.
Creative’s programming in the hemisphere is built on evidence, proven tools and a deep understanding of local contexts. Projects are designed to be inclusive of marginalized groups, operate with local organizations and engage the private sector to ensure that the positive change put in motion lasts long after Creative’s interventions.
Since its first project in 1978 in Bolivia, Creative has expanded to nearly 20 countries in the region to promote citizen security, advance positive youth development, reduce the risk of gang violence, strengthen governance and the rule of law, build educational systems and develop economic opportunities.
Deaf advocate paves way for inclusive education in Nicaragua
With support from the USAID Aprendo y Emprendo project, Cheysi Smith is breaking down barriers to education for other students with disabilities and achieving her dreams of higher education. Learn more.
Saliendo Adelante: Why migrants risk it all
"Saliendo Adelante: Why migrants risk it all" is one of the most-comprehensive analyses of the local factors that drive people to migrate from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to the United States. Learn more.
Guillermo Cespedes: Partnering with families for violence prevention
Crime and Violence Prevention Advisor Guillermo Cespedes discusses Creative's approach to using evidence and the strength of families to prevent violence among vulnerable youth. Learn more.
Pablo Maldonado: How Creative's Latin America legacy shapes today’s programs
COO Pablo Maldonado discusses Creative's history in and commitment to Latin America, evident in decades of successful programming and the company's own leadership team. Learn more.
Nicaragua: Technical education paves way for careers in medicine
When Nora had her son, she had to put her education on hold. But with help from a scholarship, she's pursuing a technical degree and working toward becoming a nurse in Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast. Learn more.
Honduras: Seeds of hope - Aiding farmers in the Dry Corridor
With support from a program called the Dry Corridor Alliance - PROSASUR, farmers have been introduced to water harvesting systems, irrigation and other tools and practices that will help them be more resilient in the face of climate extremes and other challenges. Learn more.
Honduras: Tipping the scales-Combating childhood malnutrition in the Dry Corridor
Children in the Dry Corridor region of Honduras are at increased risk of malnutrition due to the food insecurity associated with extreme climate. A project known as the Dry Corridor Alliance – PROSASUR is working with community volunteers to keep babies healthy and empower their mothers with knowledge to support their nutrition. Learn more.
Nicaragua: A father’s journey for success with technical education
With help from a project called Aprendo y Emprendo, Osmin traveled to Managua to pursue a technical career to provide a better life for his wife and young daughter. Learn more.
Nicaragua: Women break stereotypes to pursue technical careers
Two women in a male-dominated field, Soliange and Edith are determined to succeed and be an inspiration to others with help from a project called Aprendo y Emprendo. Learn more.
Nicaragua: Youth on the front lines of improving technical education
In Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast region, a unique project called Aprendo y Emprendo is working to improve access to quality technical education for at-risk youth. A group of scholarship winners and other community representatives have formed a Youth Advisory Council, which will give valuable feedback to the project and create a support network among peers. Learn more.
Honduras: Garifuna families use culture to prevent violence
Despite the relative isolation and calm of the Garifuna community, there are warning signs that Garifuna youth are not immune to the risk of becoming involved in gangs—a problem across much of the country. Meet the Guity family and see how a unique violence prevention program is drawing on traditional cultural strengths to support the family's two sons in reducing their risk for violence. Learn more.
Honduras: Strong families build safer communities
Teenage cousins Steven and Yuvini were determined to be at high risk for joining a gang based on an evidence-based risk assessment. But through a unique family-based violence prevention program, the boys and their family are working together to lower those risk factors for violence and build resilience. Learn more.
Honduras: Learning Microsoft in the barrio
Youth in Honduras’ most at-risk communities often have few opportunities to gain skills in technology. Through a partnership with Microsoft, Alianza Joven Honduras-USAID is bringing these opportunities to them, including the chance to get certified in tech skills valued by employers. Learn more.
Honduras: Dreaming my life
In Jader’s neighborhood, many youth grow up like him— without much hope for the future. Fortunately, a new approach called “The Challenge of Dreaming My Life” is helping them dream of a better future and chart a course to get there. Learn more.
Honduras: Discovering “positive masculinity”
Epidemic levels of crime and violence in Honduras are compounded by equally startling rates of gender-based violence. Through “masculinity workshops” Alianza Joven Honduras-USAID is engaging youth in discussions about harmful gender stereotypes and how to build up a positive masculinity. Learn more.
Honduras: Violence prevention belongs to everyone
Hand-in-hand over five years, the Alianza Joven Honduras-USAID project and its partners have laid the groundwork to sustain national and community-based efforts that improve the lives of at-risk youth and build stronger, more peaceful neighborhoods. Learn more.
El Salvador: Philharmonic orchestras transform youth into musicians, not crime statistics
In communities across El Salvador, music is helping hundreds of at-risk youth to steer clear of a life of gangs and crime. The philharmonic youth orchestras are part of the El Salvador Crime and Violence Prevention Project’s holistic approach to prevent crime and violence and spread opportunity. Learn more.
El Salvador: Safe spaces help communities reclaim gang-dominated space
On the outskirts of San Vicente, a new playground is bringing hope to a community once-plagued by crime and violence. The El Salvador Violence and Crime Prevention Project is working with communities through infrastructure projects that create safe spaces for youth and their families. Learn more.