Aid and Development

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The classroom is the right place to practice the importance of local community input when it comes to international aid.

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There’s no denying the power of purse strings. Those who control money control much of the world. And that’s as true for charity work...

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A program that produces energy-saving stoves could keep girls and women safe and has possible benefits to the environment and fighting hunger.

A rally at the Honduran Mission in New York City soon after Berta Cáceres was killed. (Photo by Natalie Jeffers / Matters of the Earth)

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In November Berta Cáceres visited Seattle to speak out on environmental exploitation in Honduras. A few months later, she was murdered.

People waiting outside of an aid distribution center at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. (Photo from Flickr by Riyaad Minty)

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In the wake of terrorist attacks, Kenya is threatening to close Dadaab refugee camp. That has Seattle-area refugees worried about family still living there.

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The lifetime chance for a woman to die in childbirth in the U.S. is 1 in 1800; in Togo it’s 1 in 46. This is unacceptable.

Still image from the 2009 short documentary "Joy" about child and family homelessness. You can watch the full film here. (Animation by Eroyn Franklin)

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Seattle's homeless crisis isn't just about adults sleeping on the streets. Here's how children are experiencing homelessness, and how you can help.

Pina Belgrano and daughter on Sunday, preparing for the “Turning the Tables” action to fight foreclosure of her Beacon Hill home. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

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After struggling for eight years to keep her home, Italian immigrant Pina Belgrano took to the streets yesterday to fight the foreclosure system.

Why is there such a large gap in math achievement between white students and students of color? (Photo from flickr by U.S. Dept. of Education)

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The math achievement gap between white and black students in Seattle schools is huge. Here are six ways to start solving the problem at the classroom level.

Midwife Faisa Farole examines Malcolm Stonehill (the author's son) at the new Rainier Valley Community Clinic, which offers culturally competent pre- and postnatal health care. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

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In a zip code where 59 languages are spoken, pre- and postnatal care can't be cookie-cutter.

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Building economic resiliency will be the key to helping rural Fijian communities weather Cyclone Winston.

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A recent ban in India on Facebook's Free Basics and similar services has reignited dialogue on net neutrality and Internet access equity.

A Syrian girl holds up a poster she drew “about how she recently helped someone using information or technology” during UW professor Karen Fisher’s workshop at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan in January 2015. (Photo courtesy of Karen Fisher, University of Washington Information School)

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With everything refugee families lost fleeing Syria, a new tech solution may offer Syrian youth a way to connect their pasts with brighter futures.

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UW lecturer Haideh Salehi-Esfahani reflects on how the lifting of most U.S. sanctions against Iran will impact young people in both countries.

international adoption Ethiopia

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New restrictions on international adoption have led to a huge drop in placements with American families. But have protections missed the mark?

A volunteer doctor working with the Salaam Cultural Museum examines a Syrian refugee child. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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Want to know how to help Syrian refugees? We've got answers.

Pastor George Everett, at an Ebola Relief concert in 2014 (Photo courtesy Tino Tran)

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A local Liberian American congregation is raising money to build an orphanage for children left parentless because of Ebola.

Milena, age 16, says lowering the adult trial age will just add to unfair application of criminal law in Brazil: “A rich kid can steal and murder but pay bail and be out of jail easy, while a kid from the favela will be stuck in prison.” (Photo by Katherine Jinyi Li)

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Brazil and the U.S. face surprisingly similar struggles with high incarceration rates and a school-to-prison pipeline facing poor youth.

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International Counseling and Community Services, which specializes in mental health care for refugees, has opened a new office in Kent.

Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.

A young refugee plays violin in front of a line of Turkish police at Edirne, where refugees amassed hoping to cross into Bulgaria. (Photo by Levent ......)

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When I went back home to Istanbul for a visit, I was shocked at the conditions for Syrian refugees who have flooded the city.