34 Photos Honoring the Women and Girls I Met During My Travels This Year


This year I traveled to four countries – Ethiopia (I spent nearly two months there this year), South Africa, Tanzania, and the Philippines. It was a great year of learning and traveling and meeting women and girls I greatly admire. Since it’s the end of the year and I have no immediate plans to jump on a plane overseas — at least that I know of because you just never know — I wanted to share some of the photos I took this year that stood out to me.

When the new year rolls around I am definitely going to be ready to travel again, but for now I am content looking back at all of the traveling I did this year and relishing how grateful I am to have seen these amazing countries and have met so many exceptional people.

Did you travel this year? Leave your posts in the comments. I’d love to see where you visited.

Ethiopia

Basketweavers for Project Mercy in Butajiri, Ethiopia
Basket weavers for Project Mercy in Butajiri, Ethiopia
Young expectant mother in Butajira, Ethiopia.
Young expectant mother in Butajira, Ethiopia. She was married at 13 and will deliver her first child at 15. She came to this lie and wait house because of excessive bleeding.
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Basket weavers for Project Mercy in Butajira, Ethiopia
Frontline Health Worker in Hawassa, Ethiopia
Frontline health worker pays a visit to a new mother with her newborn in Hawassa, Ethiopia. She washes her hand before tending to the baby.

Mother of 15 year old child bride
Mother of 15-year-old pregnant child bride. Her daughter was married at 13 and gave birth at 15.
Expectant woman, Ayelech Fikadu, and her mother, Zarge Badunga
Expectant woman, Ayelech Fikadu, and her mother, Zarge Badunga sit in a “lie and wait” house at Project Mercy outside of Butajira, Ethiopia. The house was recently renovated by USAID and Pathfinder.
Women Dancers at Yod Abyssinia In Addis
Dancers at Yod Abyssinia In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Frontline Health Worker in Mosebo Village
Frontline health worker in Mosebo Village right outside of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.
Two Expectant Mothers Who Live in Mosebo Village, Right Outside of Bahir Dar in Amhara Region
Two expectant mothers who live in Mosebo Village, right outside of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia’s Amhara region
Ergedu Mitiku, a mother of one, who lives in Mosebo Village right outside of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Amhara Region
Ergedu Mitiku, a mother of one, lives in Mosebo Village right outside of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia’s, Amhara Region

Tanzania

Mothers' Collective in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
A mothers’ group learns about family planning services and methods in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Lucy, a Family Planning Health Worker, Who Works for PSI's Familia Network
Lucy, a family planning health worker, works for PSI’s Familia Network.
A Mother Who Took Her Daughter to a Dar es Salaam Dispensary
A mother takes her daughter to a Dar es Salaam dispensary due to a cough.
A Girl I Saw As a Walked Through Her Community in Dar es Salaam
I saw this little girl and noticed her pretty dress as I walked through her community in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Asia and her son Mustaffah
Asia was 16 years old when she became pregnant. She never reached secondary school and the likelihood of her going back to finish her education seems remote. Salasala, Tanzania
Mother and son at a family planning class at Salasala Dispensary
Mother and son at a family planning class at Salasala Dispensary, right outside of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Blandina Mpacha, PSI Family Planning Worker
Blandina Mpacha works as a PSI family planning worker. She has helped women make family planning choices for over 20 years.
Two Girls Who Were A Part of the Family Planning Edutainment
These two little girls were a part of a family planning edutainment dance troupe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
A Little Girl Who Watched the Family Planning Edutainment in Dar es Salaam
It took forever for this little girl to finally catch my eye. I’m glad she did. She’s beautiful!
Mother and son at a family planning class at Salasala Dispensary, right outside of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mother and son at a family planning class at Salasala Dispensary, right outside of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Mother and Son, Salasala, Tanzania
I met this women and her son on the streets of Salasala, Tanzania. I loved the fabric for her son’t wrap.
Constantine Michael, 10, heard the announcement in his village for voluntary medical male circumcision and asked his older sister, Rosalea Michael, 19, to take him to IntraHealth's mobile clinic. She did. Shinyanga, Tanzania field#.VIyruYvF9SI
Constantine Michael, 10, heard the announcement in his village for voluntary medical male circumcision and asked his older sister, Rosalea Michael, 19, to take him to IntraHealth’s mobile clinic. She did. Shinyanga, Tanzania field#.VIyruYvF9SI

Philippines

Crisanta V. Caimoy
I walked past Crisanta V. Caimoy in Victory Village, Leyte, Philippines. I had to take her photo. Everything was perfect in that moment.
Joan Suarez, Hezil B. Durana, and Joan Botero lost 16 family members that day – their mother, sister, brother, and cousins. After two days they found their mother covered by debris. And they found their sister’s body along the road.
Joan Suarez, Hezil B. Durana, and Joan Botero (left to right) lost 16 family members during Typhoon Haiyan including their mother, sister, brother, and cousins. After two days they found their mother covered by debris. And they found their sister’s body along the road. The woman in sunglasses is a family friend.
Woman farmer who works in a collective in Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
Woman farmer who works in a  farming collective in Dulag, Leyte Philippines
Elsa Morales
Elsa Morales lost everything during the storm. A single mother, her husband left her in 2005. In 2009 World Vision gave her a pig to provide a livelihood for her and her four children. She has been raising pigs organically ever since by feeding them natural plants instead of commercial feeds and creating her own fertilizers. – Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines
Schoolgirls in a school in Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
Schoolgirls in a school in Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
World Vision Sponsored Children in Dulag, Philippines
World Vision sponsored children in Dulag, Leyte, Philippines. They wrote Christmas cards for their sponsors in the United States.
A Women's Collective in Dulag, Philippines. It helps them become self-sufficient with a new income.
A women’s sewing class in Dulag, Leyte, Philippines. This class  helps them become self-sufficient with a new income since most of them were coconut farmers before Typhoon Haiyan.
Ma Yung Ha Chae, 21, and her grandmother Trinidad Quintana, Victory, Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
Ma Yung Ha Chae, 21, and her grandmother Trinidad Quintana, in their new World Vision home that was constructed after Typhoon Haiyan. Victory Village, Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
Women in a Savings Collective in Victory Village, Dulag, Leyte, Philippines
Corazon Tujuarez, Myrna Calupaz, and Ethmua du Paz (left to right) discuss the benefits of being members of a savings collective and how it helps their families during times of need. The little girl in Myrna’s daughter.
Derlina and her son Kangchi Kiefer
I met Derlina and her son Kangchi Kiefer on Typhoon Haiyan’s one-year anniversary walk in Tacloban, Philippines. Though the mood was somber, many celebrated being survivors of the superstorm.
Little girls who are sponsored by World Vision USA.
These girls played games and wrote Christmas letters to their World Vision sponsors in the United States. Dulag, Leyte, Philippines.
Editha, 67
Editha, 67, pays her respect to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan on its one-year anniversary. “I was in my house and hugged the wood,” she said remembering the day Haiyan hit. “The water was high. I held on for four hours.”

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