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
Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK)
LGBT Community Organizing and Empowerment
Purpose: To strengthen the LGBT community in Cambodia by creating space for LGBT people to talk more openly about their lives and to strategize about the challenges they face.
Social Action for Change (SAC)
Building Young Women Activists and Supporting Grassroots Movements
Purpose: To strengthen and support civil society movements for social inclusion and workers' rights by providing research, technical assistance and advocacy support to grassroots organizations.
Women Peacemakers (WPM)
Domestic Violence, Rape and Trafficking Awareness and Prevention
Purpose: To reduce violence and protect the rights of women and children in Kompong Cham province through workshops on rights, conflict resolution, domestic violence, trafficking and Cambodian laws.
Women's Network for Unity (WNU)
Sex Workers' Human Rights and Leadership
Purpose: To empower sex workers to advocate for access to social services and freedom from violence and discrimination.
Worker's Information Centre (WIC)
Empowering Women Garment Workers
Purpose: To empower female garment workers by providing them a safe space to convene and access information and resources; and by conducting advocacy and public campaigns to improve working conditions for women.
Youth for Peace (YFP)
Young Leaders for Peace
Purpose: To encourage youth to become change agents in their communities and support them as they take their first steps in social activism by nurturing personal and community development, introducing peace concepts and building leadership skills.
Youth Resource Development Program (YRDP)
Youth Initiative on Extractive Industry Revenue Transparency
Purpose: To develop the next generation of active and informed youth by hosting educational forums and dialogues addressing issues related to natural resources, good governance, social injustice, land conflict and other youth concerns in an initiative on revenue transparency for the extractive industry.