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
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
To educate and empower Palaung women in Burma on gender and human rights and to support Palaung women in crisis situations.
Rays of the Rainbow
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Community Empowerment
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
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
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)
To increase access to education by supporting middle school graduates from low-income communities to attend high school.