Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Honduras

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 Honduras, 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 Honduras

Jóvenes Trabajando por la Defensa de su Comunidad - Nibureintiña Nadagimei Luagu Hagaira (NANIGU)
Advancing the Civil and Political Rights of Garifuna Youth

Purpose: To build the leadership of Garifuna youth by supporting the organizational development of 30 small community-based youth groups, strengthening six regional coordinating bodies, and building the organization's project development and fundraising capacity.

Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)
Building Garifuna Climate Change Adaptation Response and Defense of Land Rights

Purpose: To protect Garifuna communities' natural resource rights through advancing cases in support of Garifuna communal rights before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, conducting community radio programs, and strengthening a climate change adaptation network.

Organización la Esperanza de las Mujeres Garífunas (OLAMUGAH)
Defending Garifuna Women's Rights

Purpose: To reduce discrimination based on gender and address violations of women's land rights by strengthening women-led community groups, conducting a diagnostic study of Garífuna women's priorities, and strengthening the organization's administrative and operational capacities.