A man charges his phone during a demo of the JikoPower Spark prototype in Kisumu Kenya. (Courtesy photo)

‘Spark’ of Seattle idea to charge phones without electricity

The JikoPower Spark, tested and incubated at UW, is a Mad Max-looking metal cup that can charge phones without electricity, using only the heat of a fire.
Dec 2, 2016
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Video: Sauti Sol performs at the Neptune

Missed the Sauti Sol show last Thursday night at the Neptune Theatre or just wanna reminisce?
Nov 7, 2016
Rosemary Muthomi (Photo courtesy Meru Greens.)

Meru Greens helps bring Kenyan crops to lucrative markets

Rosemary Muthomi, co-founder of Meru Greens, helps Kenyan subsistence farmers get fair access to the global market.
Oct 21, 2016
People waiting outside of an aid distribution center at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. (Photo from Flickr by Riyaad Minty)

Threats to close world’s largest refugee camp echo in Seattle

In the wake of terrorist attacks, Kenya is threatening to close Dadaab refugee camp. That has Seattle-area refugees worried about family still living there.
May 13, 2016
Irene Auma, at center, helps conduct a yoga class at Thursdayin Seattle. Auma plans to start the first yoga-in-prisons program in Kenya. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

On a mission to bring yoga, compassion to Kenyan prisons

Irene Auma is in Seattle this week taking special yoga-training classes in hopes of bringing her skills back home to vulnerable people in Kenyan prisons.
Apr 1, 2016
Getting pandas to mate in capitvity, and then releasing babies that will thrive in the wild isn't easy, Vitale found out. (Courtesy photo by Ami Vitale)

What’s it really like to be a National Geographic photographer?

National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale says her job can sometimes by lonely and terrifying, but it's worth it to be a part of preserving our wonderful world.
Mar 17, 2016
Members of al Shabaab parade at Ala Yaasir camp, outside of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 3, 2011. (Photo by Feisal Omar for Reuters.)

Passenger: Muslims protected Christians in Kenya bus attack

Gunmen with al Shabaab reportedly tried to force Muslim passengers to identify Christians in a Kenya bus attack, but the passengers refused to cooperate.
Dec 22, 2015
Seattle Police Department (Photo by City of Seattle via Flickr.)

Attack on Seattle Uber driver investigated as possible hate crime

Several people have been charged with hate crimes after assaults on Seattle for-hire drivers in the past few years.
Dec 15, 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
A donated video camera being used by a One Vibe student, Mercy Auma.(Photo courtesy of One Vibe Africa)

EMP to debut fruits of Kenya-Seattle arts collaboration

Kenyan nonprofit One Vibe Africa partnered with Seattle filmmakers to bring visual art mentorship to youth living in slums. Their work will be shared Saturday at the EMP.
Feb 18, 2015
A man in the Nyanza province of Kenya chews on sugarcane, an indigenous crop that is less visible since the promotion of AGRA hybrid crops throughout Africa. (Photo by Anna Goren)

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
Break dancing in Uganda during the Obumu Media Lab workshops earlier this year. (Photo by Scott Macklin)

Positive moves for East African youth on display in Belltown

Ziwa will be showing until the end of July at the 2312 Gallery. All proceeds from art sold at the show go directly to arts education organizations.
Jul 10, 2014
Kevin "Abbra" Abraham, Haji Mutonye and Ismael Akuku. (Photo by Kelly Ranck)

Nairobi street fashions put Seattle thrift shoppers to shame

Nairobi's thrift shop fashion scene will have you rethinking your style.
Jun 3, 2014
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Can DIY medical tourism change the world?

How much can volunteer medical travel actually help developing nations?
Feb 25, 2014
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Memories of Christmas in a Kenya slum

How to create your own Christmas decorations using clay, cigarette packs, and a little un-permitted pruning.
Dec 24, 2013
(Photo by Kelly Ranck)

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
(Photo by Cool Revolution / DC Media Group)

Well this is embarrassing: Global perspectives on the government shutdown

Here in the U.S. it may feel like the sky is falling. But many people in the rest of the world are reacting to the government shutdown with a shrug of the shoulders and a chuckle at our expense.
Oct 7, 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
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
Ballard-based One By One foundation founder Heidi Breeze-Harris. One by One is a local movement against the birthing injury, fistula. (Photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

A Mother’s Day gift from Seattle to Kenya

Motivated by her own complicated pregnancy, Heidi Breeze-Harris founded One by One, a Seattle-based organization working to wipe out obstetric fistula in Africa.
May 10, 2013