Author: Weston Northrop

Weston lives in Missoulam MT. He is an Eagle Scout and loves backpacking.

SEATTLE — On August 25, 2016, USAID announced that the U.S. launched an initiative, Power Africa, gained a partnership with the Government of Japan. Power Africa was put forth by President Obama in 2013. The initiative combines experts from a variety of fields, the private sector and governments from around the world into a team dedicated to improving access to clean, efficient electricity in Africa. While the initiative generally works to increase access to electricity in Africa, the project’s quantifiable goals are equally impressive. The specific goals of Power Africa include creating 60 million new electrical connections and providing 30,000…

Read More

SEATTLE — The U.N. defines a slum household as a dwelling that lacks access to proper water or sanitation, has insufficient space or durability or where residents do not have security of tenure. Approximately 863 million people live in slum conditions around the world. Though living conditions in slums can be deplorable, many residents are far from giving up. In fact, two social entrepreneurs from African slums saw opportunity in their communities and are making a difference. Sizwe Nzima Nzima is a resident of Khayelitsha, an informal township near Cape Town, South Africa. The most recent census indicates that just over 390,000…

Read More

SEATTLE — Over 1 billion people rely on seafood as their main source of protein around the globe, yet current fishing practices are not even close to being sustainable. According to Bren Smith, GreenWave Executive Director, an answer to the fight against hunger may be a new type of aquaculture called 3D ocean farming. Smith’s invention is not only a groundbreaking feat in effective food production, but it could also act as an ecofriendly solution to end global hunger. The Struggle of Balancing Global Hunger and the Environment Since the 1800s when whales were hunted to near extinction for oil, overfishing and illegal fishing have…

Read More

SEATTLE — A slum is defined as a household that lacks any of the following: access to fresh water, proper sanitation, adequate living space or structural durability. Without proper housing for vulnerable populations, sanitation and access to fresh water become even more of a problem. According to The World Bank, 55 percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa live in slums. Additionally, 31 percent of the South Asian population and 24 percent of the Indian population also reside in slums. Given these statistics, it would seem that there is a large market for durable, yet accessible and affordable housing. Domes for…

Read More

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — Since 2000, reproductive health has been measured through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global initiatives put forth by the U.N. By improving housing, clean water supply, sanitation, gender equality, environmental sustainability and several other factors including reproductive health, these goals aim to cut global poverty in half by 2015. Gifted Mom, a revolutionary new app, is helping to do just that. Two of the MDGs are specifically focused on improving reproductive health and early life care. The fourth MDG is to reduce under-five mortality by two-thirds. The fifth MDG has two parts: reduce maternal…

Read More

SEATTLE — In February of 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus, one of many mosquito-borne diseases, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Since its detection in the spring of 2015, the Zika virus has spread throughout South America, affecting 33 countries around the world. The higher concentration of Zika in South America has even led to potential safety concerns regarding the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. Yet the Olympics may be the last thing on people’s minds regarding Zika. The virus has been linked to microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome in children whose mothers who were infected while…

Read More

DHAKA, Bangladesh — In 2010, the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for drinking water was met…five years ahead of schedule. At the start of the new century, the U.N. convened and created eight MDGs with hopes of significantly reducing global poverty. One of the goals aimed to cut in half the number of individuals globally without access to safe drinking water by 2015. Astoundingly, this goal proved to be more than attainable. In fact, the WHO reports that between 1990 and 2015, over 2.6 billion people around the world gained access to safe water. Despite such impressive progress, 663 million people still rely on potentially…

Read More

SEATTLE—On May 26, over $34 million was raised in the name of Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is an annual event during which participants wear a red clown nose to show support for the fight against global poverty. By working with celebrities, businesses, volunteers and aid organizations, Comic Relief Inc., the business that founded Red Nose Day, has raised over $1 billion in the past 25 years. This year, a portion of that money came from The Red Nose Day Special on NBC. According to NBC.com, the event featured comedy, music performances, and short films meant to raise awareness…

Read More