Kenya

A young Maasai woman with her head shaved — part of many rites of passage in Maasai culture. (Photo from Flickr by Javier Carcamo)

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Maasai women in Kenya are finding ways to replace 'the cut' with alternative rites of passage.

A donated video camera being used by a One Vibe student, Mercy Auma.(Photo courtesy of One Vibe Africa)

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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How much can volunteer medical travel actually help developing nations?

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How to create your own Christmas decorations using clay, cigarette packs, and a little un-permitted pruning. The other day my wife and I decorated our...

(Photo by Kelly Ranck)

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In most countries having domestic servants is a fact of middle class life. So why do we Seattleites have such a taboo against it? Upon...

(Photo by Cool Revolution / DC Media Group)

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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...

Children who live on Rusinga Island in western Kenya. (Photo by Jason Koenig)

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In Africa, and around the globe, we’re losing our young men to militancy and extremism. The Al-Shabaab terror attack on Westgate Mall last week was...

Alpacas: the cutest way to alleviate poverty in Peru. (Photo courtesy Heifer International)

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What happens when donors give directly to the world's poor, without any conditions or accountability?   It’s no surprise that the world of philanthropy is...

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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. When Heidi...

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A former slum-resident from Kenya thinks his hometown can teach Seattle a thing or two about consumption and green-living.  After living in Seattle for three...

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Slum Rising is our new three-part series exploring the economically complex and culturally rich life in the world's urban slums.

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One sixth of the world's population lives in slums, but there's a lot more going on there than poverty. You can support Slum Rising,...

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Although the November elections yielded women-friendly returns, the War on Women continues, both in the US and around the world. In the last week alone...

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Turns out you don't pack much for boot camp. When I asked Belindah Mumelo if I could hang out with her while she prepared to...

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At the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2010, Obama joked about his abysmal approval ratings: “My approval ratings are still very high in the country...

East Africa volunteer

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Every year, more young westerners are traveling to places like Africa, India, and South America in search of meaningful volunteer experiences. And why not? There's...

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Telling the stories of others is a fraught endeavor. It's hard enough when you're doing it in your own city or community, but interpreting cultures...

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Of the 460-odd films from 64 different countries playing at SIFF this year, only a thin slice hail from Africa. To be fair to the...