Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Cambodia

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 Cambodia, AJWS supports land and labor rights and is also fostering youth and women’s movements for civil and political rights.

Recent Projects in Cambodia

3S Rivers Protection Network (3SPN)
Hydropower Advocacy Program

Purpose: To protect the livelihoods and cultural practices of rural indigenous communities by holding advocacy, documentation and planning forums and trainings which promote community participation in government decision making on hydropower and watershed management.

Building Community Voices (BCV)
Community Empowerment Through Mobilization and Media

Purpose: To empower local communities to understand and demand their land and natural resource rights by organizing communities, raising awareness, developing advocacy skills and teaching community members how to use media effectively.

Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC)
Land and Natural Resource Program

Purpose: To empower local communities to fight for their land and resource rights by providing legal training, consultation, and representation for community clients and land rights activists.

Capacity Building for AJWS Partners

Purpose: To build the organizational capacity, leadership, strategic planning and fundraising skills of two AJWS grantees in Cambodia.

East-West Management Institute, Inc. (EWMI)
Open Development, Cambodia

Purpose: To provide accurate information on land and resource rights to civil society organizations and activists by supporting the Open Development Cambodia website with Khmer Unicode, including translating all maps, accompanying data, static pages and all future entries as they go online.

Highlander's Association (HA)
Natural Resource Management and Cultural Preservation

Purpose: To empower indigenous communities in Ratanakiri to be included in decisions involving land, natural resource management, and cultural and livelihood development by building the capacity of indigenous leadership (specifically women) and providing opportunities for indigenous networks to meet and strategize.

Human Rights Vigilance of Cambodia (HRVC)
Capacity Building for Land and Fishery Rights

Purpose: To build the capacity and knowledge of villagers in Kampong Cham province to advocate for their rights to land and fishing by creating spaces to share experiences on land conflict and illegal fishing, raising awareness around rights, and assisting with current land and fishery cases.

Khmer Youth and Social Development (KYSD)
Promoting Youth Participation and Good Governance

Purpose: To promote closer working relationships between young people and local authorities by providing capacity building on land and community forest rights and opportunities to collaborate on local natural resource management issues.

Messenger Band Association (MB)
Strengthening People's Voices

Purpose: To educate local communities and voice pressing concerns by conducting field research with garment workers, farmers and sex workers and holding musical performances that highlight key issues affecting their lives.

Norkor Phnom Community Empowerment Organization (NPCEO)
Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Development

Purpose: To improve the living standards and social services for rural people in Kampong Cham province by providing them with the skills and knowledge to actively and effectively participate in local governance and decision making.

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