Top 5 things to do in Seattle this May

It’s May! Time to march for your rights, eat pierogis, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo the authentic way.
May 4, 2016
At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, water activists Jenneh Corkern, left, 17, and Grace Clipson, 15. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Liberian-born teen takes on global water access

Jenneh Corkern, who grew up in a Liberian orphanage without clean water, has inspired other Seattleites to fundriase for global water access.
Apr 24, 2015
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

Women, water and what it means to ‘have it all’

For millions of women and girls in poor countries, collecting water for their families each day is not just a chore—it’s a symbol of gender oppression.
Mar 22, 2013

Who gives a crap about World Water Day?

As if high school isn’t awkward enough, I’m sitting among tittering teenagers in Chief Sealth’s auditorium listening to a man yell about poop.

What international aid can learn from Zappos

After 10 years of wear, I finally had to admit that my favorite Merrell clogs needed replacing. So I went online to Zappos.com to find a new pair. I am a big fan of Zappos, and not just because they have flattered me with a VIP membership. I can sort by size, color, brand, even […]
Apr 16, 2012

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