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
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.
Oganizasyon Gwoupman Peyizan pou Devlopman Laviktwa (OPDL)
Community Strengthening and Skills Building in La Victoire
Purpose: To improve economic, social and political conditions through trainings in microfinance, disaster risk reduction and sustainable agriculture.
Oganizasyon Peyizan 7e Seksyon Kominal Gwomon (OP7G)
Building the Technical Skills of Small-Scale Farmers
Purpose: To strengthen food security and the economic well-being of peasant farmers in the West and Artibonite Departments through access to credit, seeds for crop diversification, and model farms demonstrating sustainable ways to increase crop yields and restore the environment.
Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA)
Promoting a National Food Sovereignty Platform in Haiti
Purpose: To build a national platform for food sovereignty by empowering and mobilizing farmers and peasant organizations through leadership trainings, agro-ecological workshops and exchange visits, and awareness-raising on current agricultural policies and the importance of local food consumption.
Reseau des Femmes Actives du Nord-Ouest (REFANO)
Strengthening Grassroots Support for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
Purpose: To build the capacity of grassroots organizations to provide comprehensive support services for survivors of violence and to raise awareness about women's rights in schools and the wider community.
Reseau National de Defense des Droits Humains (RNDDH)
Human Rights Training for Community Based Organizations
Purpose: To build a culture of human rights in Haiti from the grassroots up by training community based organizations on civil and political rights and further strengthening their human rights activism through periodic assessments, guidance and advanced trainings.
Rezo Oganizasyon Peyizan Lwes-Latibonit (ROPLA)
Building a Strong Peasant Movement
Purpose: To strengthen the organizational capacity of peasant organizations in the Artibonite and West Department of Haiti by facilitating exchange visits, strengthening a local seed program, developing microcredit for women, and conducting leadership training for members of the network.
Rezo Oganizasyon Peyizan No Santa k Nodes (ROPNES)
Building a Strong Peasant Movement
Purpose: To strengthen the organizational capacity of peasant organizations in the North, Northeast and Central Plateau regions of Haiti through exchange visits, civic education for youth, and agro-ecological and collective leadership trainings.
Sosyete Animasyon Kominikasyon Sosyal (SAKS)
Reconstruction and Aid Monitoring in Post-Earthquake Haiti
Purpose: To promote civic engagement in reconstruction and humanitarian aid monitoring by establishing a community radio station and partnering with a media watchdog group.