Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Guatemala

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 Guatemala, AJWS promotes collective land rights of indigenous and afro-descendant communities; confronts internal displacement and environmental degradation due to megaprojects; and protects and promotes the work of human rights defenders. AJWS partners work to increase political participation and amplify the voices of historically marginalized communities, including indigenous populations, women, youth, and LGBT people. AJWS also promotes the freedom from discrimination, stigmatization, and violence, as well as access to safe health services for women, girls, LGBT people, and sex workers.

Recent Projects in Guatemala

Asociación de Mujeres Campesinas Q'eqchies Nuevo Horizonte (Nuevo Horizonte)
Promoting Q'eqchi Indigenous Womens Rights

Purpose: To advance the political participation of Q'eqchi women by raising awareness and by developing advocacy strategies and education programs around access to inclusive and culturally competent sexual health and reproductive rights.

Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral Unima'l Ranim'a Ixo'q (Grandeza Corazón de Mujer) (ADIURI)
Strengthening Indigenous Women's Civic and Political Participation

Purpose: To defend indigenous women's freedom from discrimination, violence, poverty and illiteracy by providing education on economic alternatives and by conducting media awareness-raising campaigns to prevent violence against women.

Comite Campesino del Altiplano (CCDA)
Organizing and Leadership Building in the Farmers Movement

Purpose: To improve rural development policies, including increasing access to land rights, by organizing lobbying campaigns directed at the national government and implementing food sovereignty initiatives with small producers.

Coordinadora Departamental de Comadronas Tradicionales de Quetzaltenango (CODECOT)
Promoting Civic Participation Among Traditional Midwives

Purpose: To increase the political participation of traditional indigenous midwives through initiatives which strengthen their ability to advocate for indigenous women's sexual health agendas with municipal governments.

Frente Petenero Contra Represas (FPCR)
Community Organizing Around Hydroelectric Dams

Purpose: To promote the territorial rights of indigenous populations through popular education and awareness-raising, joint advocacy actions, and developing and implementing a safety and security plan.

Puente de Paz
Community Organizing for Natural Resource Management

Purpose: To support communities threatened by the construction of a major hydroelectric dam by strengthening indigenous women's leadership; providing workshops to analyze the political context; advocating against human rights violations; and updating safety and security plans.

Red de Jovenes para la Incidencia Politica (IncideJóven)
Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy

Purpose: To increase young people's political participation in designing and monitoring sexual health rights policies by designing sexuality education programs as well as conducting a campaign for the provision of sexual and reproductive health education.

Unidad de Defensores y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (UDEFEGUA)
Protection of Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Purpose: To support human rights defenders in Central America by improving institutional measures for protection and security; supporting legal cases; and holding governments and state institutions accountable for responding to violence against human rights defenders.

Union Verapacense de Organizaciones Campesinas (UVOC)
Strengthening Indigenous Community Organization

Purpose: To promote and protect land and collective rights of indigenous communities by increasing women's political leadership; supporting food sovereignty initiatives; increasing access to land; advocating to modify agrarian laws; and designing and implementing safety and security mechanisms.