Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Kenya

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, we support organizations working to overcome poverty and oppression. Our small, grassroots grantees are rooted in communities, where they empower local people to identify their most critical concerns and take action to address injustice. We also support groups that organize broader movements for social change, influencing governments and policymakers to respect and promote human rights.

In Kenya, AJWS supports women’s, LGBTI and sex worker rights organizations who are fighting for access to health and justice, as well as social, political and economic inclusion. AJWS is also supporting organizations that are defending the rights of communities harmed by extractive industries and major infrastructure projects.

Recent Projects in Kenya

Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)
Adolescent Girls Community of Practice in Nairobi

Purpose: To build the advocacy capacity of adolescent girl-focused civil society organizations and facilitate a shared girl-focused advocacy agenda by leading a community of practice in Nairobi.

Education Center for Advancement of Women (ECAW)
Preventing Female Genital Mutilation and Promoting Women's Rights

Purpose: To promote women's rights, including girls' access to education, by supporting workshops, girls' clubs, advocacy against female genital mutilation, and community-conversation forums.

Fortress of Hope Africa
Okoa Wasichana Wetu Project

Purpose: To build the social and economic capital of adolescent girls through youth-led community outreach, safe spaces, psychosocial support and training on reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, life skills and entrepreneurship.

Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT)
Defending the Resource Rights of Lake Turkana Communities

Purpose: To advance the natural resource rights of Lake Turkana communities by advocating nationally and internationally against the Gibe 3 dam and advocating for local control over newly discovered oil resources.

Heshima Kenya
Girls Empowerment Project

Purpose: To build the long-term self-sufficiency of unaccompanied refugee girls in Nairobi by providing case-management services, basic education, life-skills training, vocational training, financial literacy and income generation through a cooperative.

Il'laramatak Community Concerns (ICC)
Defending Women's Land Rights

Purpose: To promote and defend indigenous women's land rights by educating communities about Kenya's new land bill, engaging in dialogue with large landowners and advocating for legal reforms.

Kenya Natural Resources Alliance (KENRA)
Alliance Building and Advocacy for Community-Based Natural Resource Rights Organizations

Purpose: To strengthen KENRA's capacity to offer training, coordinate an effective network and elevate the voices of civil society organizations advocating for natural resource rights by supporting community outreach and national-level advocacy.

Malindi Rights Forum (MRF)
Advocating for Land Rights and Accountability

Purpose: To reclaim grabbed community land and defend labor rights by reviving several stalled court cases against salt factories and building the labor rights capacity of workers.

Nairobi People Settlement Network (NPSN)
Building the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Capacity of Natural Resource Rights Organizations

Purpose: To strengthen connections between Kenya’s rural and urban human rights movements, by conducting a series of trainings and exchanges that brings together groups from marginalized communities in both settings.

Ogiek Peoples Development Program (OPDP)
Supporting Indigenous Peoples' Natural Resource Rights

Purpose: To support the Ogiek indigenous community to gain control over the natural resources that local people depend upon for their livelihoods by creating a "bio-cultural" community protocol and raising awareness about the human impact of forest conservation.

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