Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Haiti
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 Haiti, AJWS strengthens social movements and grassroots organizations to promote human rights and democracy, to challenge structural inequality and power, and to achieve agrarian reform and food sovereignty. AJWS supports peasant farmers to protect their land rights and fight displacement due to development megaprojects, promotes alternative media as an advocacy and mobilization tool, and works to increase the political participation of historically marginalized communities, including Dominicans of Haitian Descent, people living in internally displaced people (IDP) camps, slum dwellers, LGBT people and sex workers.
Recent Projects in Haiti
Advancing the Human Rights Agenda of the Haitian LGBT Community
Purpose: To advance human rights of LGBT people by providing human rights education, mobilizing communities and developing a referral system for medical and psychological support.
Fos Refleksyon ak Aksyon sou Koze Kay (FRAKKA)
Advocating for the Housing Rights of IDPs
Purpose: To advocate for the rights of internally displaced people (IDP) facing forced evictions from IDP camps through legal assistance, mobilization and awareness-raising campaigns on land and housing rights.
Reconstruction and Aid Monitoring in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Purpose: To promote civic and political oversight by investigating and diffusing information on post-earthquake aid and reconstruction.
Gwoup Apui pou Devlopman Depatman Sid (GADES)
Mobilizing Communities to End Violence Against Women and Girls
Purpose: To break the silence and end violence against women and girls through strategic public awareness-raising, human rights trainings, capacity building for activist groups, and by empowering survivors of violence to speak out.
Kouraj Pou Pwo Dwa Moun an Ayiti (KOURAJ)
Ending Discrimination and Stigmatization of Sexual Minorities
Purpose: To end the discrimination and stigmatization facing sexual minorities in Haiti by establishing strong advocacy groups and networks, and raising awareness through regular public dialogues and film screenings.
Kòdinasyon pou Devlopman Solidè Sidès (KODESS)
Strengthening Peasant Organizations in the Southeast Department
Purpose: To increase sustainable agricultural production and economic development in Jacmel and Bene by providing peasant organizations with seeds and tools, goats for breeding, and training on agro-ecology, value-added produce processing and effective organizing.
Mouvman Peyizan Bayone 2eme Section Communale des Gonaives (MPB)
Building the Technical Capacity of Small-Scale Farmers
Purpose: To promote sustainable agriculture and support income generation by providing access to credit and technical training for model farmers.
Mouvman Peyizan Rankit (MPR)
Strengthening the Peasant Movement in Rankit
Purpose: To promote sustainable agriculture and support income generation by providing access to microcredit, seeds, agriculture trainings and exchanges, and support to peasant committees.
Movimiento Social-Cultural de los Trabajadores Haitianos (MOSCTHA)
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services
Purpose: To equip young Haitians to protect their health and prevent the spread of HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections by raising awareness on sexual and reproductive health and rights, creating safe spaces for dialogue, holding workshops for sex workers and sexual minorities, and providing medical consultations and home visits.
Oganizasyon Gwoupman Peyizan pou Devlopman 8eme Seksyon Kominal Akaye (OPD8)
Mobilizing Communities to Increase Food Sovereignty
Purpose: To enable small-scale farmers to increase their food security and improve their household's health and quality of life through access to seeds, microcredit, value-added fruit processing, and improved latrines and roadways.