Realizing human rights and ending poverty in Thailand
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 Thailand, AJWS funds organizing and advocacy for land rights, LGBTI rights and sex workers’ rights.
Recent Projects in Thailand
Andaman Resources Restoration (ARR)
Community Management of Natural Resources
Purpose: To protect and sustain natural resources by educating communities about forestry management and environmental laws and policies.
Purpose: To strengthen and educate communities on gender, sexuality and rights by documenting cases of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.
Banthat Mountain Range Land Reform Network (BLRN)
Land and Resource Management
Purpose: To increase the capacity of leaders and network members of the Banthat Mountain Range Land Reform Network to obtain community land titles by training them to understand their rights and the relevant government processes dictating land titles.
Development Center for Children and Community Network (DCCCN)
Community Rights and Land Management
Purpose: To promote land rights and food security by educating communities on land laws and policies, documenting land use, and establishing guidelines for appropriate and sustainable land management.
Eco-Cultural Study and Restoration Center of Petchaboon Mountain Range Communities (ECSRC)
Natural Resource Management
Purpose: To promote the participation of all affected groups, including villagers and local government officials, in the management of the environment and natural resources through alliances between the community and local administration.
Legal Aid Coordination Working Group (SLCG)
Legal Aid for Natural Resource Rights Activists
Purpose: To protect the human rights of natural resource rights activists who are being threatened as a result of their activism by providing legal aid and training.
Northern Development Foundation (NDF)
Sustainable Livelihoods and Development
Purpose: To promote sustainable, community-based land management by establishing community learning centers in targeted areas and strengthening the Northern Land Network that advocates for land reform.
Roi-ed Land Reform Network
Land and Resource Management
Purpose: To promote environmentally sustainable and community-driven models of land and resource management and effect policy change by strengthening the network's ability to document and promote the positive impact of its model of sustainable agriculture.
Rural Ecological Study Center (RESC)
Community Based Natural Resource and Land Management
Purpose: To promote land rights and sustainable resource management by providing trainings on land laws and policies, developing a community land title system, and campaigning for land reform and community forestry management.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Empowerment
Purpose: To empower Thailand's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and promote equality and non-discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, by raising public awareness of violence and discrimination faced by LGBTI people through running media and public campaigns and facilitating research and studies on LGBTI rights.