ASIA

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.

Bangladesh

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.

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Burma

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.

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Cambodia

In Cambodia, AJWS focuses on two critical human rights issues: protecting peoples’ civil and political rights, and defending rural communities’ rights to land, water and other natural resources that they depend on for survival.

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India

In India, AJWS focuses on three critical issues: ending the practice of child marriage, advancing the rights of women, girls and LGBTQI+ people, and increasing access to food, land, water and other natural resources that communities depend on for survival.

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Indonesia

In Indonesia, AJWS supports grassroots organizations fighting for the rights of communities displaced by the dual tsunamis and resulting earthquake of 2018 — communities that, in the wake of these disasters, have been ignored by their government.

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Nepal

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.

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Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, AJWS focuses on advancing civil and political rights, and increasing access to land, water and other natural resources that vulnerable communities depend on for survival.

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Thailand

In Thailand, AJWS focuses on ending human rights violations against LGBTQI+ people, and defending the land, water and natural resources critical for the survival of Thailand’s rural and Indigenous people.

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The Philippines

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines. AJWS provided immediate emergency relief and is now providing support for long-term recovery efforts with a focus on upholding human rights.

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