Global Voices The Blog of American Jewish World Service

The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.

Sandra Caled

“I want my children to have our land back”: Reflections from Guatemala

Sandra Caled was born on a day believed to be special on the Mayan calendar: a day when strong leaders are born. That came as no surprise to me. Sandra, a Poqomchi’ Mayan woman from Guatemala,  is one of the first women to be on the governing body of AJWS grantee UVOC, the Union of Peasant Organizations of Vera Paz.

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Emma Nesper Holm

26.2 miles on the road to rights

On November 1, I will be running the New York Marathon in support of American Jewish World Service! My AJWS story began in Senegal in the summer of 2007. I was a graduate intern at Tostan (a long-time AJWS grantee) which does incredible human rights work in communities across Senegal and throughout Africa.

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Reflections on President Obama’s visit to Kenya

by Gitahi Githuku and Caroline Kouassiaman For over a month prior to President Obama’s visit to Kenya, “POTUS” was the hot topic of conversation, as much of the country was captivated by Obama’s first visit to his father’s homeland as President. The fact that President Obama had kin in Kenya coined the popular term “Our …Read More

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