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.
Read on to learn more about how our grantees in Kenya are working to improve our world, or donate to help support their work.
Ann Njogu, the executive director of Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)—an AJWS grantee—has been instrumental in building CREAW as an organizational leader in eradicating sexual and gender-based violence to help Kenya become a country that actualizes womens rights, increases womens access to legal education and trauma counseling, and sustains a national peace-building process.
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.
Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)
Capacity Building and Human Rights Advocacy
Purpose: To strengthen the capacity and support the growth of Kenya's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement by initiating efforts to decriminalize homosexuality, document and report human rights violations, increase access to LGBTI-friendly health services, and build partnerships and alliances.
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.
Kisumu Medical Education Trust (K-MET)
Youth for Youth Program and Advocacy
Purpose: To support the advocacy efforts of the Kisumu Brain Trust, a community of practice of adolescent girl-focused organizations in western Kenya, and to enable Kisumu Medical Education Trust to continue its Sisterhood for Change program.
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.