Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Uganda

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 Uganda, 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 Uganda

Action for Women and Awakening in Rural Environment (AWARE-Uganda)
HIV/AIDS, Food Security and Human Rights Program

Purpose: To empower women and girls through improved access to reproductive health care, livelihood development and education.

Buliisa Initiative for Rural Development Organisation (BIRUDO)
Oil Justice and Land Rights in Buliisa

Purpose: To promote community land rights and environmental conservation in Uganda's oil region through education on land title, compensation, participatory planning and tree planting.

Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL)
Land Rights in Northern Uganda

Purpose: To promote land rights in post-conflict northern Uganda by educating communities about customary land tenure and through strategic litigation to combat land grabbing.

Crested Crane Lighters (CCL)
Community Mobilization for Sex Workers' Rights

Purpose: To advance the health and human rights of sex workers through community outreach, peer education on sexual and reproductive health, HIV counseling and entrepeneurship training.

Gulu Union for Women with Disabilities in Uganda (GUWODU)
Economic Empowerment and Reproductive Health Rights of Girls and Women with Disabilities

Purpose: To promote the rights of girls and women with disabilities through income-generating activities and advocacy for improved access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Kakindo Orphans Care (KOC)
Environmental Protection and Land Rights for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Purpose: To promote environmental protection and the land rights of orphans and vulnerable children through community education on land tenure laws, forming demonstration gardens and promoting women's participation in oil-related advocacy.

Kwataniza Women Farmers Group (KWG)
Oil Justice and Land Rights in Buseruka

Purpose: To promote the natural resource rights of marginalized community members in Buseruka and minimize the impact of oil exploration through education on land rights and environmental protection.

Lake Albert Children Women Advocacy and development Organization (LACWADO)
Land Rights in Buliisa

Purpose: To promote land rights in this oil-rich region by providing education on land tenure laws and by supporting the formation of communal land associations.

National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE)
Amplifying the Voices of Rural Women in the Oil Debates

Purpose: To enhance women's participation in the management of natural resources in the oil-rich Albertine region by building the capacity of community groups in documentation and advocacy, supporting income-generating activities for women, and publicizing the effects of oil exploration on women's livelihoods.

Support Initiative for People with Congenital Disorders (SIPD)
Public Education and Advocacy

Purpose: To advance the rights of children and people with intersex conditions and decrease discrimination through public education and referrals to health care providers.

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