Aid and Development

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

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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.

Bekaa Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon. (Photo by Karin Huster)

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A Seattle based volunteer appeals for aid to a Syrian refugees.

Tin ore, along with tantalum and tungsten make up the "3T minerals" found in DR Congo, which are valuable for use in cell phones and computers. (Photo by of Image Journeys Sasha Lezhnev via Flickr)

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Seattle Congressman Adam Smith visited Democratic Republic of Congo, and came back convinced business ties were the best way to end the decades long cycle of war.

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How much can volunteer medical travel actually help developing nations?

President and founder of Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE Jessica Markowitz visits the FAWE all-girls boarding school in the Rwandan capital of Kigali during the organization’s annual summer trip to Rwanda. (Photo courtesy of Lori Markowitz)

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When it comes to running an organization, Jessica Markowitz started early.

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Monica Feliu-Mojer, a biostatistics scientist, is reshaping her field in Seattle and at home in Puerto Rico.

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Taking in a teenager from a conflict zone halfway around the world might not be for everyone. But some globally-oriented Northwest families are opening...

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A international lawyer turned policy analyst, Sahar Fathi, is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made. When...

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Meet Majd Baniodeh. Sitting down for a Q&A, she takes me on the incredible journey of her life and through her dreams for a...

Reina Martinez Olivares (right) with her granddaughter. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

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A visit to an impoverished village in Veracruz uncovers a shared trauma, and the shared strength to overcome abuse.

Reina Martinez Olivares (right) with her granddaughter. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

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Una visita a un pueblo empobrecido en Veracruz revela un trauma, y la fuerza compartida para superar el abuso. Read in English Ser capaz de admitir que...

Rio Blanco residents hold a sign near their blockade of the access road that to a proposed dam project. (Photo by Madeline McClure)

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A fraudulent election is another disturbing sign that U.S.-supported impunity is back in Central America.

Anurag Mairal works at PATH, where a suit has been made to control bleeding after childbirth. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

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Innovators from Washington state blend high-tech research and pragmatic application to create cool, surprising and even downright weird global-health inventions. “It looks like a wet...

Women and children receive typhoon relief aid last month. (Photo courtesy Balsa Mindanao)

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On International Migrants' Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality. This International Migrants’ Day, I’m still...

An elder Salvadoran man who survived the armed conflict is preparing a poster memorializing slain family members for the annual “Encuentro de Victimas” (Meeting of Victims) in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo by Alex Montalvo)

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In the Eighties, Seattle was a hub for resistance to U.S. funded human rights abuses in Central America. With new hope for justice in...

UW United Students Against Sweatshops demonstrates outside a local GAP store with a Bangladeshi survivor of the Tazreen factory fire. (Photo courtesy Emily Garverick)

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How three UW organizations are harnessing the power of college student idealism to help the world's poor. The University of Washington is gigantic. It enrolls...

(Photo by Kelly Ranck)

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In most countries having domestic servants is a fact of middle class life. So why do we Seattleites have such a taboo against it? Upon...

Ethiopian women fill up jugs at a water point constructed by a Seattle-based NGO. (Photo courtesy Water 1st International)

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If your holiday spirit is more about giving than consuming, today is a perfect day to help local charities have a positive global impact.

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After seeing the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf, relief work in the Philippines will be anything but a quick fix.  I confess that...

The Mona Foundation, which raises funds to support international education projects, such as the Association for the Cohesive Development of the Amazon (ADCAM) in Brazil, is one of hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized charities in the U.S. not rated by Charity Navigator. (Photo courtesy The Mona Foundation)

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Many Northwest-based global nonprofits are frustrated that they are too small to get reviewed and vetted by the influential Charity Navigator. When you make a...