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Northwest parents fostering a refuge from global conflict

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 their minds, and homes, to a different kind of foster care.
Jan 17, 2014
Sahar Fathi (Photo courtesy of the Fathi campaign)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Sahar Fathi

A international lawyer turned policy analyst, Sahar Fathi, is a powerhouse of social change on a mission to shakeup how city policy is made.
Jan 16, 2014
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Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Majd Baniodeh

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 globally aware Seattle. 
Jan 15, 2014
Reina Martinez Olivares (right) with her granddaughter. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

From Mexico to Tacoma, a shared struggle against domestic violence

A visit to an impoverished village in Veracruz uncovers a shared trauma, and the shared strength to overcome abuse.
Dec 27, 2013
Reina Martinez Olivares (right) with her granddaughter. (Photo by Liliana Caracoza)

Desde México hasta Tacoma, una lucha común contra la violencia doméstica

Una visita a un pueblo empobrecido en Veracruz revela un trauma, y la fuerza compartida para superar el abuso. Read in English
Rio Blanco residents hold a sign near their blockade of the access road that to a proposed dam project. (Photo by Madeline McClure)

Blood and ballots in Honduras

A fraudulent election is another disturbing sign that U.S.-supported impunity is back in Central America.
Dec 23, 2013
Anurag Mairal works at PATH, where a suit has been made to control bleeding after childbirth. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s global health MacGyvers

Innovators from Washington state blend high-tech research and pragmatic application to create cool, surprising and even downright weird global-health inventions.
Dec 20, 2013
Women and children receive typhoon relief aid last month. (Photo courtesy Balsa Mindanao)

Filipina women, forced migration and disaster trafficking

On International Migrants’ Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality.
Dec 18, 2013
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)

Seattleites renew fight for justice in El Salvador’s dirty wars

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 El Salvador, some locals are back at it. 
Dec 10, 2013
UW United Students Against Sweatshops demonstrates outside a local GAP store with a Bangladeshi survivor of the Tazreen factory fire. (Photo courtesy Emily Garverick)

Top three UW student organizations for global change

How three UW organizations are harnessing the power of college student idealism to help the world’s poor.
Dec 9, 2013
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How I got over the guilt and hired a housekeeper in Kenya

In most countries having domestic servants is a fact of middle class life. So why do we Seattleites have such a taboo against it?
Dec 5, 2013
Ethiopian women fill up jugs at a water point constructed by a Seattle-based NGO. (Photo courtesy Water 1st International)

How to give global on #Giving Tuesday

If your holiday spirit is more about giving than consuming, today is a perfect day to help local charities have a positive global impact.
Dec 3, 2013
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Lessons from Hurricane Katrina for Typhoon Haiyan relief

After seeing the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf, relief work in the Philippines will be anything but a quick fix. 
Nov 21, 2013
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)

Charity vetting tool leaves small scale do-gooders in the dark

Many Northwest-based global nonprofits are frustrated that they are too small to get reviewed and vetted by the influential Charity Navigator.
Nov 15, 2013
Jozlyn Pelk in Guatemala (Photo by Gloria Mayne / The Seattle International Foundation)

Seattle Ambassador returns home with a new view on her city

For Jozlyn Pelk, the first Seattle Ambassador Program honoree, it took leaving the country for the first time to discover the vast opportunities to make a global impact right here at home.
Nov 5, 2013
Children who live on Rusinga Island in western Kenya. (Photo by Jason Koenig)

Nairobi mall attack is a symptom of neglected youth

In Africa, and around the globe, we’re losing our young men to militancy and extremism.
Oct 4, 2013
Relief supplies are delivered to earthquake victims in Awaran. Pakistan's military is coordinating relief efforts but international funding drives have been lacking. (Photo courtesy Hina Baloch)

Powerful earthquake in Pakistan hits home for Seattle man

Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest.
Oct 3, 2013
Alpacas: the cutest way to alleviate poverty in Peru. (Photo courtesy Heifer International)

No strings attached: the new experiment in international giving

What happens when donors give directly to the world’s poor, without any conditions or accountability?  
Sep 16, 2013
Seattle resident Hawo Abdi Farah, a Somali, is worried about possible bank-transfer restrictions that would affect her ability to wire money to relatives in Somalia. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Bank restrictions threaten Somalia’s remittance lifeline

Immigrants in the Northwest send millions of dollars to relatives Somalia every year. But international banks backpedalling from anti-terrorism laws could cut off the flow.
Sep 13, 2013
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Flooding and corruption a dual threat for Philippines’ urban poor

Filipinos who live on less than $2 a day are being hurt, not helped, by their country’s economic boom.
Sep 12, 2013