AJWS Study Tour in Uganda and Kenya


AJWS Study Tour in Uganda and Kenya

February 12, 2010

Twenty-five AJWS supporters traveled with AJWS to Uganda and Kenya for ten days of learning, exploration and immersion in human rights work. Joined by AJWS president Ruth Messinger and AJWS board chair Barbara Dobkin, participants experienced the grassroots activism that animates AJWS's grantees as they work to end HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and the oppression of sexual minorities.

Participants visited the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community, a community faith-based organization that aims to mitigate the psychosocial, spiritual and economic impact of HIV/AIDS in one of Kampala’s urban slums. Participants also traveled to the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention, an organization established in 2000 to mobilize communities at the grassroots level to change the attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate violence against women, and to advocate for women’s rights.

Rabbi Elyse Frishman, a study tour participant and rabbi of Barnert Temple shared, “From these experiences, I am reminded that our social justice work must be sustainable. It must enable the recipients to continue their work without us.”

AJWS Study Tours bridge tourism with education; sightseeing with connection. In the past, participants have returned to their home communities with a deep understanding of the projects AJWS supports to promote human rights. They’ve also returned with a renewed commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) in its most elemental form.

“The work of AJWS and the individuals in Uganda who work tirelessly day after day in incredibly difficult conditions with limited resources is inspiring,” said AJWS Study Tour participant Debbie Zlotowitz.

Listen to Ruth Messinger share her reflections on the Study Tour’s recent visit to Center for Domestic Violence Prevention