Elias Godifay, an Ethiopian immigrant who teaches accounting at North Seattle College, says he hopes that Obama's upcoming visit to Ethiopia will help people see the country as a trade partner. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh.)

Obama visit to Ethiopia brings fresh eyes to the country, say Seattle Ethiopians

Seattle Ethiopians hope that the upcoming Obama visit to Ethiopia will help U.S. residents see a different side to the nation.
Jun 25, 2015
David Pierre-Louis, owner of LUCID Lounge in Seattle's University District. (Photo by Johnny Miller)

Film featuring Seattle entrepreneur David Pierre-Louis brings Haiti home

A new documentary, "Kenbe Fem," featuring David Pierre-Louis' efforts to rebuild his family's hometown in Haiti debuts this Thursday, June 25.
Jun 23, 2015
Panel member, Abdihakim Hashi, of Itin Hawala speaks about his struggles as a owner of a remittance business in Seattle. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman / The Seattle Globalist)

Mayors urge feds to find solution to Somali remittance crisis

Mayors sign resolution calling for feds to find a way for families to resume sending remittances to Somalia.
Members of the Nepalese Student Association lit red and white candles on May 29, 2015 for a vigil in remembrance of those struggling and those who have already passed in Nepal. (Photo by Kelsey Hamlin.)

Nepal earthquake relief: a reality check on large donors

Want to contribute to Nepal earthquake relief? New investigations show you might be better off going grassroots and avoiding big aid organizations.
Jun 10, 2015
Paul Nyambe has gotten support from Fledge to develop his business, ZamGoat. He hopes to build a goat-meat market not only in Zambia but globally. (Jama Abdirahman)

New kind of accelerator boosts “fledgling” global startups

These entrepreneurs aren’t promoting apps and gadgets. They’re pitching businesses that will further development of their home countries — from Argentina to Zambia
Jun 5, 2015
(Photo by Debra Bell)

How a revolutionary cure put clubfoot on the global health agenda

Aid organizations are marking World Clubfoot Day to call attention to a simple treatment for a condition that's left millions unable to walk.
Jun 3, 2015
Volunteer Kevin Tran stacks bins of donated food for weekend backpacks for 64 students at Thorndyke Elementary school in Tukwila. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Tukwila kids go hungry and homeless in Seattle’s shadow

In the midst of Seattle's economic boom, a Tukwila elementary school is struggling to provide for students in need of shoes, food and beds.
May 15, 2015
Krishna Rizal, at left, and Prerak Pradhan hang a Nepali flag at their fundraising booth on Red Square at the University of Washington on Tuesday May 5, 2015.
Students and faculty on the UW campus are challenging themselves to raise $50,000 to go directly to rebuilding Simjung which was the town closest to last week's earthquake in Nepal

Nepali UW students and faculty fundraise to rebuild quake-impacted Simjung

A group of Nepali students and faculty members is collecting money to help rebuild a small town largely destroyed in the recent earthquake.
May 8, 2015
(Photo courtesy of World Vision)

World Vision wants to give your Mother’s Day present to someone else’s mom

Should your slice of the $21.9 billion Americans will spend Mother's Day presents this year go to help a mom in the developing world?
At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, water activists Jenneh Corkern, left, 17, and Grace Clipson, 15. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Liberian-born teen takes on global water access

Jenneh Corkern, who grew up in a Liberian orphanage without clean water, has inspired other Seattleites to fundriase for global water access.
Apr 24, 2015
Young Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son Ahmed, 1984

What’s happening in Yemen (and why you should care)

The crisis in Yemen explained: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the complex web of alliances that's tearing apart the Middle East’s poorest country
Apr 21, 2015
The Specialty Coffee Association of the Americas conference in Seattle this week is all about improving the experiences of coffee consumers. But some participants are looking at how it can improve the lot of growers too. (Photo courtesy SCAA)

Ensuring the global coffee boom gives farmers a fair shot

A giant coffee conference held in Seattle this week will include local efforts to help coffee farmers escape poverty.
Apr 10, 2015
Mursal Ismailzada, a student at the University of Washington who immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan as a child, lights a candle for Farkhunda. (Photo by Atia Musazay)

Seattle Afghan community remembers Farkhunda

Seattle Afghans gather at a vigil remember the brutal March 19 murder of Farkhunda, calling for justice in a case that has gripped the nation.
Mar 30, 2015
Ukrainians, Russians, and Americans standing together for "Seattle in memory of Boris Nemtsov and support of Nadejda Savchenko," a rally organized by Seattle-based Russian-Americans and UAWS. (Courtesy photo)

Ukrainian association pivots from promoting culture to protecting lives

The Ukrainian Association of Washington State has gone from promoting folk dancing to providing humanitarian relief for the war in Eastern Ukraine.
Mar 20, 2015
Children in a camp for Syrian refugees clamor for aid distributed by SACCWA. (Courtesy photo)

As crisis in Syria drags on, Northwest donors appear to lose interest

The founder of a local aid organization helping refugees from the crisis in Syria says donations have all but dried up.
Mar 19, 2015
Khagindra Rijal shares his experiences living as a Bhatanese refugee in Nepal. (Photo by Megan Herndon)

Seattle refugee teens share their wisdom with the world

A "Refugee Story Circle" video chat connected young Seattle refugees with Brazil, Qatar and beyond to share their stories of finding a new home.
Mar 17, 2015
Rainier Valley Food Bank volunteers used the Japanese Kaizen philosophy to resolve food-bank “choke points.” (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Kaizen at the meat station: Japanese corporate strategy revitalizes food bank

How the strategy of “continuous improvement” developed in Japan and perfected at Starbucks is helping feed the hungry in South Seattle.
Mar 13, 2015
A member of a Japanese Search and Rescue team, still looking for survivors in Unosumai, Japan six days after the earthquake. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock via Flickr)

Smile for Japan aims to outlast earthquake’s scars

Four years after the earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan, Seattle artists and musicians are raising money to help heal psychological and social scars.
Mar 5, 2015
Before service starts, Josh McGrew catches up with friend and fellow Christian, Mickinzi Serles at The Inn at University Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Olivia Fuller)

Back from mission, Seattle Christian is culture-shocked by non-religious city

After four years on mission in Nicaragua, 18-year-old Josh McGrew feels like he's taking a risk by being Christian in Seattle, where less than half of people identify as religious.
Nestora with Olinalá community police. (Photo courtesy Free Nestora Salgado.)

Nestora Salgado’s family prepares for long court fight in Mexico in vigilante case

Family told that Renton woman faces 1,000 years in prison in Mexico, accused of kidnapping after organizing a community police force.
Feb 27, 2015