Grantee name: Ustawi
Mission: Fostering sustainable economic and environmental alternatives in Africa. Ustawi was founded in Seattle in 1994 by women of African descent, including Hanna Petros, a native of Ethiopia who has worked in public health in Cameroon. Hanna had been working in Seattle with refugees from the Horn of Africa and had established a foundation to help the flood of people moving to the Puget Sound area to escape civil wars, drought, and famine. Hanna, along with a handful of people who were also concerned about the lack of knowledge and understanding about the countries of Africa in this country, founded a small organization and began to reach out to schools and the public at large. Ustawi wishes to bring an African perspective to the Pacific Northwest by hosting events where scholars, writers, artists, and activists are able to bring this perspective to the general public.
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Channel Grant: Supported fostering U.S. awareness and demand for sustainable economic and environmental alternatives for development in Africa. (2002)
"We want to make sure that an African voice is heard and an African presence is felt in the midst of the far-reaching global trade discussions. Free trade is not equivalent to fair trade and Africa has suffered immensely from the globalization of the international economy."
- Hanna Petros, Director of Ustawi