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.
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)
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.