AJWS works in nine 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.
In 2017, the Burmese military began a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority from Western Burma. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fled across the border to refugee camps in Bangladesh. AJWS immediately responded with emergency humanitarian aid, and we are now supporting efforts to improve camp conditions, educate children and more.
In Burma, AJWS supports grassroots organizations fighting for democracy, free speech and civil rights and against the ongoing violent assault on multiple ethnic minorities, including the Burmese military’s genocidal campaign against the Rohingya people. We also support rural communities defending the land of their ancestors from harmful development that destroys lives and the environment.
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.