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AJWS currently supports over 160 projects in nine countries throughout Asia. AJWS grantmaking in the region funds organizations that are promoting equality for ethnic and religious minorities; fighting the causes and effects of poverty; responding to the consequences of conflict and disaster, and addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
In India, AJWS support reaches tribal, Dalit and Muslim communities through advocacy campaigns on land and labor rights, and sustainable livelihood training. Women’s empowerment grants support outreach to survivors of domestic violence, as well as education and access to healthcare. In Sri Lanka AJWS supports communities that have been displaced due to conflict and natural disasters, enabling them to rebuild their lives and prepare themselves for the future.
In Burma and Thailand, AJWS focuses on the rights of ethnic minorities and communities displaced by the political crisis in Burma. In Thailand and Cambodia, AJWS supports labor rights training and labor policy reform, as well as legal aid and occupational health and safety for migrant workers.
AJWS continues to support communities in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand that are rebuilding in the wake of the devastating tsunami of December 2004. AJWS support focuses on long term development and building community resilience in preparation for future disasters.