Hugo Lucitante pilots a boat on the Ecuadorian Amazon, on the land of the Cofan people, which is threatened by oil extraction. (Photo courtesy Oil and Water)

Lifeline for Amazon tribe runs through Seattle

Local documentary, “Oil & Water,” tells the story of an Ecuadorean tribe endangered by global warming and oil extraction, an ambassador from that tribe in Seattle and his friendship with a man who helps certify oil companies as environmentally friendly.
Oct 3, 2014

Mainstreaming climate change in the Pacific Islands

As world leaders debate climate change in New York, Fiji and other Pacific Islands are feeling the impacts first hand.
Sep 23, 2014
David La at the UW’s Baker Laboratory is part of a team working on potential Ebola treatments, but they’re also crowdsourcing ideas over the Internet relating to a cure. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Northwest labs and donors leading the fight against Ebola

As Ebola spreads at alarming rates in West Africa, local labs are leading the race for an effective treatment.
Sep 19, 2014
A market stall in Grand Gedeh County, Liberia, which is so far still relatively Ebola-free and remains under quarantine. (Photo by Karin Huster)

A plea for help from the front lines of Ebola

A Seattleite working on Ebola relief in Liberia reports a dismal lack of resources and staff on the front lines.
Sep 15, 2014
A family at a refugee camp in Thailand, where there are still 150,000 UN-recognized refugees unable to return home to Burma. (Photo by Mikhail Esteves)

Reacting to reforms in Burma, donors leave refugees high and dry

Seattleites are donating 'one night out' this weekend to help Burmese refugees who've been forgotten by big international donors.
Sep 12, 2014
A Water 1st supporter sporting a shirt that says the name of the organization in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

For international aid orgs, an added challenge of getting immigrants involved

Seattle has a huge global aid sector, and a big immigrant population. So why aren't they working together more?
Sep 4, 2014
Lee Robinson shows off freshly roasted beans from the Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. (Photo by Hannah Myrick)

Grassroots coffee company bonds Bainbridge Island with Nicaragua

What started as a Reagan-era political protest has grown into a thirty year relationship driven by the Northwest's love of coffee.
Aug 27, 2014
Climbers in the midst of a small avalanche during an Everest ascent. (Photo by Lloyd Smith)

Seattle Sherpas weigh role at Everest after deadly avalanche

Members of the Northwest Sherpa community are collecting money to aid the families of Sherpas killed in April’s big avalanche on Mount Everest, and some are rethinking their careers as mountain guides.
Aug 22, 2014

Historias Indígenas: Indigenous Mexican women fight back against violence and corruption

Alcoholism, domestic violence, corruption, poverty — the deck is stacked against the women of high altitude indigenous communities in Veracruz. But an upstart human rights group is helping them turn the tables.
Aug 19, 2014
Shanta Darnal attended school in Kathmandu thanks to Western donations. (Photo by Amy Benson)

Nepalese student’s suicide reveals dark side of ‘globalization lottery’

Girls’ education is often seen as a panacea for global development. One promising Nepalese student's suicide reveals a more complicated picture.
Jul 11, 2014
Shanghai, China shrouded in smog. Overall China emits 6.2 metric tons of CO2 per year. (Photo from Wikipedia)

UW research drives tough talk on pollution and disease in China

University of Washington research points to air pollution, tobacco, and diet as the deadliest drivers of disease in China.
Jul 9, 2014

Frustration in Seattle as South Sudan crisis worsens

After six months of fighting, South Sudan is now considered the world’s most fragile county.
Jul 3, 2014

Nairobi street fashions put Seattle thrift shoppers to shame

Nairobi's thrift shop fashion scene will have you rethinking your style.
Jun 3, 2014
Wasfia Nazreen on the summit of Aconcagua, highest point outside Asia, with her hula hoop and Bangladeshi flag. (Photo by Jamie McGuinness)

On mountain high for women’s rights

A passion for extreme adventure has taken two women from two different parts of the world on a journey with one purpose: women’s empowerment.
May 25, 2014
Girls at an orphanage outside of Nakuru, Kenya, celebrate the arrival of their menstrual kits made by the Days for Girls Ocala Florida Chapter. (Photo courtesy Days for Girls)

Simple feminine-hygiene kits empower girls

Days for Girls International provides feminine-hygiene kits for girls in parts of the world without access to commercial products.
May 9, 2014
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment

Earlier this week detainees at the Northwest Detention Center called an official end to their 56 day hunger strike in protest of conditions at the Tacoma facility. One of their stated victories was that the strike drew international attention to the private prison network operated by Florida-based corrections corporation the GEO Group. The storm of […]
May 8, 2014
Members of the Camara Women's Collective at work farming rice before the flooding in February. (Photo courtesy Susan Partnow)

Flooding disaster in Burundi hits close to home

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re still reeling from the mudslide that leveled homes and took lives in Oso. But one local organization is also in mourning for the deadly results of erratic weather in Burundi, halfway around the world. On February 9th, torrential rains triggered massive flooding that destroyed 4,500 homes in Bujumbura, Burundi’s […]
Apr 9, 2014
Activists in New York City take part in Global Day of Rage Against an Indian Supreme Court Judgment that reinstated Section 377 and re-criminalized homosexuality. (Photo by Sarah Bennett / IGLHRC)

Is Seattle’s global health sector ready to embrace gay rights?

“I didn’t want to hide or live in fear anymore,” says Jacque Larrainzar. “And the place I kept coming back to was Seattle.” In 1997 Larrainzar, became the first Mexican to receive political asylum in the U.S. based on sexual orientation. After traveling the country looking for a new home Larrainzar says that Seattle, and the LGBT community […]
Apr 4, 2014

Immigrant giving shapes a new culture of philanthropy

Young people and immigrants in Seattle are proving that philanthropy doesn't only have to flow from the rich to the poor.
Mar 31, 2014

Life after Syria

Since the Syrian Uprising began three years ago, 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced and another 2.5 million have registered or are waiting to register for refugee status abroad.
Mar 15, 2014