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.

In Burma, AJWS focuses on the rights of ethnic minorities displaced by armed conflict and on promoting a political transition that is just and democratic. AJWS is also supporting rural communities to influence decision making on the use of natural resources.

Recent Projects in Burma

Pa-O Women's Union (PWU)
Pa-O Women's Leadership School

Purpose: To empower Pa-O women to develop their knowledge and skills on community development and human rights by providing a year-long intensive education program.

Palaung Women's Organization (PWO)
Women's Political Empowerment

Purpose: To educate and empower Palaung women in Burma on gender and human rights and create opportunities for Palaung women to develop their leadership abilities through rights trainings, community roundtable discussions and capacity building for women's committees.

Rays of the Rainbow
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Community Empowerment

Purpose: To build lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex leadership and address homophobia through human rights workshops that bring together LGBTI and non-LGBTI youth and migrants, and to support the involvement of LGBTI people in community-development activities.

Shan Youth Power
Educating Shan Migrant Youth

Purpose: To empower children and youth in Shan migrant communities by providing formal education and networking through regular meetings and media; and to support youth-led community development activities in Shan State.

Social Development Center (SDC)
Human Rights, Environment and Rule of Law Training

Purpose: To promote the social and political development of people living in Karen State by conducting a year-long human rights, environment and rule-of-law training for young activists, and by providing follow-up support for environmental campaigns.

Ta'ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYO)
Education Project

Purpose: To increase youth engagement in community organizing and human rights and access to education in Ta'ang communities in Burma through community workshops, progressive educational programs and human rights documentation.

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