Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Burma
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.
Read on to learn more about how our grantees in Burma are working to improve our world, or donate to help support their work.
Projects in Burma
Since 2002, AJWS has funded grassroots organizations on the Thailand-Burma border, largely in the refugee camps and conflict areas where human rights abuses against Burma’s ethnic minorities are the most profound. Our partners work among IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) and refugee communities to promote peace, education, gender equity, reproductive and sexual health awareness and labor rights. The military junta that has been in power in Burma since 1962 has severely repressed civil society and threatens humanitarian efforts. Some of these projects face security threats on the ground, so to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community-based partners, AJWS does not list all of our Burma grantees on our website.
Adolescent Reproductive Health Zone (ARHZ)
Promotion of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Purpose: To promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights along the Thai-Burmese border through awareness raising workshops and capacity building of peer educators.
Advocacy and Outreach Program
Purpose: To increase regional and international support for Burma's democracy and ethnic rights movement by lobbying regional actors and supporting local groups to strengthen their media outreach and advocacy efforts.
Burmese Women's Union (BWU)
Purpose: To educate and empower Burmese women migrants by providing access to information through women's libraries and by facilitating human rights discussions and workshops.
Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT)
Women's Crisis Support Centre and Anti-Trafficking Program
Purpose: To prevent and respond to human trafficking and sexual and gender-based violence by providing emergency support to affected women through a crisis support center and community outreach programs.
Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN)
Purpose: To increase food security by strengthening local livelihoods and self-reliance in conflict-affected areas of Burma.
Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Village Agency Project
Purpose: To strengthen local strategies for resisting human rights abuses and asserting rights by mobilizing communities around nonviolent tactics that help meet security and development needs.
Karen Student Network Group (KSNG)
Karen Internally Displaced School Project
Purpose: To increase access to education by providing educational materials, teacher stipends and health supplies to community schools, and by bringing together children for cultural and sporting events and educational workshops.
Karen Women's Organisation (KWO)
Women's Resource Centers
Purpose: To promote women's political participation and leadership through trainings, community organizing and advocacy.
Network for Environment and Economic Development (NEED)
Village Capacity Building and Community Development
Purpose: To promote sustainable development and food security by running model farms, training youth in agricultural planning, conservation and social and economic rights, and documenting unsustainable agricultural practices.
New Generation School (NGS)
Education for Conflict-Affected Children and Youth
Purpose: To increase access to quality education in internally discplaced person areas and build critical thinking skills of internally displaced youth by running a secondary school program in eastern Burma.