Aid and Development

Lee Robinson shows off freshly roasted beans from the Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. (Photo by Hannah Myrick)

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What started as a Reagan-era political protest has grown into a thirty year relationship driven by the Northwest's love of coffee.

Climbers in the midst of a small avalanche during an Everest ascent. (Photo by Lloyd Smith)

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Members of the Northwest Sherpa community are collecting money to aid the families of Sherpas killed in April’s big avalanche on Mount Everest, and some are rethinking their careers as mountain guides.

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Alcoholism, domestic violence, corruption, poverty — the deck is stacked against the women of high altitude indigenous communities in Veracruz. But an upstart human rights group is helping them turn the tables.

Shanta Darnal attended school in Kathmandu thanks to Western donations. (Photo by Amy Benson)

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Girls’ education is often seen as a panacea for global development. One promising Nepalese student's suicide reveals a more complicated picture.

Shanghai, China shrouded in smog. Overall China emits 6.2 metric tons of CO2 per year. (Photo from Wikipedia)

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University of Washington research points to air pollution, tobacco, and diet as the deadliest drivers of disease in China.

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After six months of fighting, South Sudan is now considered the world’s most fragile county.

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Nairobi's thrift shop fashion scene will have you rethinking your style.

Wasfia Nazreen on the summit of Aconcagua, highest point outside Asia, with her hula hoop and Bangladeshi flag. (Photo by Jamie McGuinness)

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A passion for extreme adventure has taken two women from two different parts of the world on a journey with one purpose: women’s empowerment.

Girls at an orphanage outside of Nakuru, Kenya, celebrate the arrival of their menstrual kits made by the Days for Girls Ocala Florida Chapter. (Photo courtesy Days for Girls)

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Days for Girls International provides feminine-hygiene kits for girls in parts of the world without access to commercial products.

A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Earlier this week detainees at the Northwest Detention Center called an official end to their 56 day hunger strike in protest of conditions at...

Members of the Camara Women's Collective at work farming rice before the flooding in February. (Photo courtesy Susan Partnow)

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're still reeling from the mudslide that leveled homes and took lives in Oso. But one local organization is...

Activists in New York City take part in Global Day of Rage Against an Indian Supreme Court Judgment that reinstated Section 377 and re-criminalized homosexuality. (Photo by Sarah Bennett / IGLHRC)

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“I didn’t want to hide or live in fear anymore,” says Jacque Larrainzar. “And the place I kept coming back to was Seattle.” In 1997 Larrainzar, became the...

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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...