Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Nicaragua

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 Nicaragua, 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 Nicaragua

Asociacion de Mujeres Emprendedoras de Waslala (AMEWAS)
Violence Prevention and Psychosocial Support

Purpose: To respond to widespread violence against women and girls by providing psychosocial support and shelter for victims, strengthening youth leadership to raise local awareness of sexual and gender-based violence, and conducting human rights advocacy with local institutions.

Asociacion Nicaraguense de Transgeneras (ANIT)
Advancing the Rights of Transgender People

Purpose: To defend and promote the sexual health and rights of transgender people by conducting human rights education and leadership-building; denouncing human rights violations; conducting workshops on gender identity, stigma and discrimination and HIV prevention; and conducting awareness-raising workshops with the staff of public institutions.

Asociación por la Humanización de la Vida / Colectivo Gaviota (Gaviota)
Defending Indigenous Women's Rights

Purpose: To reduce sexual and gender-based violence and promote gender equity within indigenous communities by conducting trainings on women's rights and access to justice for victims of gender-based violence and by raising awareness among traditional justice leaders about gender equity.

Centro por la Justicia y Derechos Humanos de la Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua (CEJUDHCAN)
Advancing Indigenous Youth's Leadership in Defending Collective Rights

Purpose: To advance indigenous youth's rights and leadership by conducting leadership development workshops, establishing a youth council, and developing youth-led advocacy initiatives.

Coordinadora de Pueblos Indigenas Chorotega (Coordinadora Chorotega)
Strengthening Indigenous Peoples' Natural Resource Rights

Purpose: To protect indigenous people's collective rights through strengthening traditional administrative structures, increasing communities' capacity to manage their natural resources, strengthening participation of youth and women in natural resource rights agendas, and conducting trainings with communities on indigenous people's rights.

Grupo de Mujeres Jóvenes Ex-trabajadoras Sexuales 'Las Golondrinas'
Sex Worker and Health Rights

Purpose: To protect and respect sex workers' rights through human rights education, sexual and reproductive health trainings, and advocacy with local authorities.

Grupo Nicaraguense de Mujeres Lesbianas Safo (Grupo Safo)
Advancing LBT Women's Sexual Health and Rights

Purpose: To promote the rights of lesbian and bisexual women by providing legal and psychosocial support, organizing reflection workshops on HIV and sexual health and rights, developing social awareness strategies, monitoring human rights violations and conducting advocacy with public authorities.