A Syrian father and son receive a handmade quilt from Quilts Beyond Borders. The child's mother died in delivery six months earlier while the family awaited entry into Jordan as refugees. (Photo courtesy of Salaam Cultural Museum.)

Supplies and TLC in ‘baby boxes’ for Syrian refugees

Local knitters and quilters are providing baby boxes for new parents struggling in the largest Syrian refugee camp.
May 27, 2016
A community health worker with a mom and her child in Togo. (Photo courtesy 30/30 Project.)

Mothers around the world deserve safe, accessible healthcare

The lifetime chance for a woman to die in childbirth in the U.S. is 1 in 1800; in Togo it’s 1 in 46. This is unacceptable.
May 6, 2016
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, addresses a Global Washington conference last week. GlobalWA hopes to bring NGOs out of their "silos" and collaborate with our organizations. (Photo courtesy of GlobalWA)

Seattle NGOs asked to do something incredible: work together

I’m an amateur choir geek and a professional international development wonk. Those things might seem unrelated, but they do have one thing common: when talented and creative people come together, beautiful harmonies are made. In a choir, it’s obvious how making great music works. But in the struggle to reduce poverty around the world, it’s […]
Dec 13, 2012
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5 questions for Water 1st, Seattle’s million-dollar water NGO

The Northwest is a hub for what has been variously called the nonprofit-industrial complex or aid-industrial complex. The multi-billion dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is just opened a huge new campus across from Seattle Center. From Federal Way, the evangelical behemoth World Vision coordinates its operations around the world. The health group PATH works […]
Jan 10, 2012