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

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 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
A young Maasai woman with her head shaved — part of many rites of passage in Maasai culture. (Photo from Flickr by Javier Carcamo)

Alternatives to female genital mutilation on the rise in Kenya

Maasai women in Kenya are finding ways to replace 'the cut' with alternative rites of passage.
Feb 19, 2015
Seahawks super bowl xlix shirt

Seahawks Super Bowl shirts shipped to developing countries

Thousands of T-shirts that would have adorned happy Seahawks fans if they'd won the Super Bowl will head to developing countries for people in need.
Feb 9, 2015
Kennie Amaefule (Photo by Anil Kapahi / Columns Magazine)

Boko Haram and Ebola put fear in Nigeria volunteers

For Seattle aid volunteers headed to West Africa, a fine balance between compassion and fear.
Jan 23, 2015

Want more than tourism? Try teaching public school in Chile

While I love to travel, I wanted more than just a snapshot of a cultural experience. I was looking for a genuine opportunity to engage in a complex and rich culture.
Jan 15, 2015
(Photo by Brett Konen)

Report: Can coffee save Haiti?

How the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is recovering from disaster — with a little help from Seattle.
Jan 6, 2015
Seattle BAYAN activist Jill Mangaliman rallies with locals just as a human barricade begins to form in front of the Digos City national highway on Dec. 10. (Photo by Katrina Pestano)

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.
Dec 22, 2014
Eco Kargha weaver Poonam Devi prepares bobbins of silk thread, January 2013.

Upaya helps India’s ultra poor get higher-paying jobs

Extreme poverty is an unavoidable reality in India. The first time I traveled in the country — as an inexperienced and idealistic 20-year-old backpacker — I was shocked by the families living on the street, the children begging for food, the old women breaking rocks on the side of the road. I wondered what could […]
Dec 12, 2014
Ziplock bags full of Metformin, a medication used to treat diabetes, donated to Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum for delivery to Syrian refugees in Jordan. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

Drug recycling: crime or compassion?

Collecting unused meds and giving them to needy people overseas isn’t legal. But some Seattleites are doing it anyways.
Dec 3, 2014
Carol Glenn, a former Seattle nurse, collected leftover HIV/AIDS drugs to send overseas. It wasn't legal, but Glenn believed it was her duty. (Photo by Isolde Raftery / KUOW)

Seattle’s humanitarian drug trafficking ring

At the height of the AIDS crisis, nurse Carol Glenn ran a secret pipeline to get leftover drugs from Seattle to sick people in the developing world.
From left to right, Laune Torres, Rosie Dino, Elaine and Jill Mangiliman read a letter aloud to Jennifer Laude in mourning, authored by Katrina Pestano.

Justice for Jennifer Laude and all trans hate victims

Activists gathered Sunday in a vigil for a trans woman in the Philippines who was allegedly murdered by a U.S. marine stationed there.
Nov 3, 2014
A beachside building in Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands. (Photo by Mrlins from Flickr)

US citizenship just out of reach, Marshall Islanders fight for food aid

Hailing from a tiny island nation ravaged by American nuclear testing, a growing population of Marshall islanders are struggling to make a home here without access to citizenship.
Oct 31, 2014
Pastor George Everett speaking to Mercer Island Presbyterian Church about the Ebola outbreak in his home country of Liberia. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Ebola crisis taking a toll on local Liberians

Liberian-Americans say they have the knowledge to help contain the outbreak in their home country, but they don't have the money
Oct 17, 2014
A WWII era poster encourages saving food scraps to feed animals. (Photo from National Archives)

How to break our addiction to food waste

Kirkland resident Gina VanLoon hardly has any food waste in her compost bin. But that isn’t something she could brag about a few months ago. VanLoon knew she had a problem with too much produce rotting before someone in her family of five could eat it.
Oct 16, 2014
(Photo from National Archives)

Why we’re wasting food in a hungry world

Is the solution to feeding a growing global population sitting right there on our plates?

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

A grassroots conference last weekend brought African farming leaders to Seattle to take on a green revolution they say is more about profit then poverty alleviation.
Oct 14, 2014