AJWS works in six countries in Asia to promote human rights and end poverty. From ending the practice of child marriage in India to protecting the rights of migrant workers on the border of Burma and Thailand, we support people who are on the frontlines of social change.
AJWS focuses on two key issues in Burma: promoting fundamental civil and political rights, particularly for ethnic minorities and women, and protecting Burmese farmers’ access to land, food and water resources that are being exploited by the construction of hydro-electric dams and mining projects.
On September 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami, setting off one of Indonesia’s most devastating natural disasters in recent history. AJWS immediately connected with local organizations on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi to provide urgent material aid to those who need it most, and is now working to support long-term assistance for people to rebuild their communities — and their lives.
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal—followed by innumerable aftershocks and a second powerful 7.3 magnitude quake two weeks later. AJWS sprang to action within hours of the first earthquake, launching an emergency relief fund. We are now working with a growing number of local groups to help the country rebuild and recover.