Realizing human rights and ending poverty in India
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 India are working to improve our world, or donate to help support their work.
Projects in India
Mohammad Bazar Backward Class Development Society (MBBCDS)
Building Women's Leadership
Purpose: To promote Muslim women's leadership by conducting awareness trainings on the legal rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, including freedom from domestic violence, the right to property and the right to education.
Purpose: To build the capacity of five organizations to address gaps in their sexual and gender-based violence programs serving rural women in northern India through training, workshops and networking activities.
Point of View (POV)
Advancing the Right to Health for Transgender Communities
Purpose: To increase knowledge of the female-to-male transgender population of Mumbai around their right to basic healthcare and legal services by supporting community organizing and education; to facilitate connections between the medical community in Mumbai and transgender individuals through public health drives.
Purpose: To support the community organization AMANA to increase the capacity of transgender and MSM communities to access mainstream healthcare, education and employment services through training and workshops; to conduct community outreach and advocacy activities to reduce the stigma and discrimination facing this population.
Training Grassroots Women
Purpose: To secure widow pensions and provide educational opportunities to adolescent girls and rebuild trust between different religious groups in the slums of Baroda by organizing the communities and providing them with training about gender justice, communalism, and environment and their rights.
Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM)
Peer-led HIV/AIDS Education Among Sex Workers
Purpose: To defend the rights of sex workers and empower them to design and implement sustainable programs for their own health; and to combat discrimination and stigma within the wider community through community organizing, rights-based education, and peer-led HIV and AIDS programs.
Purpose: To strengthen women and girls ability to resist sexual exploitation and sexual and gender-based violence by providing education, vocational training, counseling services and employment opportunities to marginalized Muslim adolescent girls and educating community members on sex trafficking, domestic violence and the health needs of adolescent girls.