Angela Cave

Photograph by Evan Abramson

On World Refugee Day, the Displaced People You’re Not Hearing About

The world has watched in horror as migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa have embarked on treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. On this World Refugee Day, the international spotlight, rightly, shines on this vast crisis—and American Jewish World Service stands in solidarity with human rights organizations working in Europe to mitigate the devastation. But we also hope the world will remember the scores of people from other parts of the globe forced to flee their homes.

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A Year After the Nepal Earthquake: How Local Organizations Supported by AJWS Are Creating Resilient Communities

AJWS is in it for the long haul in Nepal, where recovery from the April 25, 2015, earthquake has been slow, to say the least. AJWS and other international donors have collectively sent billions of dollars to the recovering country, which was already one of the poorest in the world before it hit headlines. But an unprepared and inefficient government, massive fuel shortages and political conflicts have complicated and delayed the delivery of aid and services.

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AJWS Staff Joins Rally Demanding Justice for Murdered Honduran Activist

On March 3rd, unknown assailants murdered Berta Cáceres, a Honduran human rights defender and environmental activist who dedicated her life to protecting the land and human rights of indigenous people. Berta and the organization she founded and directed, AJWS grantee Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indigenas de Honduras (COPINH), had received violent threats in recent months because of its work to resist the construction of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam, which was threatening the survival of the indigenous Lenca people.

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Restoring dignity for Ebola survivors in Liberia

“They restored my dignity”: AJWS grantee is helping Ebola survivors readjust to community life in Liberia Liberia was declared Ebola-free for the third time on January 14th—a feat achieved through the tireless work of health workers and community organizations determined to stop the virus for good. AJWS grantees are among these local heroes, and their work …

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An Ebola survivor spreads light in Liberia: A Chanukah reflection

Something that has always amazed me about the members of our grantee organizations is their resilience and positive outlook despite unbelievable hardships—situations that people in places like the United States could only dream about. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a case in point. The devastating disease put survivors through the wringer—physically and mentally. …

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