The Sinú River in northern Colombia has supported a diverse community of indigenous people for generations. The Zenu and Embera people who live by its banks depend on the river for fish, irrigation and drinking water. But in 2000, the Urrá Dam, built by a consortium of Colombian, Swedish and Russian companies, submerged over 7,400 hectares of land, crops, homes and sacred sites.
The dam displaced 2,800 people and continues to threaten the lives of 70,000 by altering vital food supplies.
As Colombia faces its worst rainy season in three decades, severe flooding and landslides have left at least 136 people dead and disrupted the lives of more than 1.2 million. Government officials report that more than 200,000 homes in all but five of Colombia's 32 provinces have been destroyed.
The communities most severely affected are those along the Sinú River, where AJWS's grantee ASPROCIG works.
Violence, oppression and social unrest have erupted in Burma in the wake of the country's recent elections, which are considered by many to be neither free nor fair in representing the will of the Burmese people.
The reaction to the elections builds upon nearly half a century of political repression and human rights abuses that have torn apart the fabric of Burmese society.
Armed conflict has broken out in several regions along the Thailand-Burma border as a result of escalating tensions between Burma's military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and …
New York, NY; August 19, 2010- In response to the recent flooding in Pakistan, where the U.N. is reporting that 1,200 people have died and 14 million are in dire need of urgent assistance, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has opened an emergency flood relief fund to receive donations.
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake-the worst natural disaster to hit the Western Hemisphere in two centuries-struck Haiti, killing approximately 300,000 people and leaving as many as one million homeless. Within 48 hours, AJWS sent funding to our grantees in the region who were providing aid on the ground-distributing food, water purification systems, temporary shelter and medicine.
New York, NY; June 1, 2010-American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, is collecting donations in response to the flooding and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Agatha. The storm brought widespread devastation to Central America on Sunday.
Donations to AJWS's emergency relief fund can be made at http://www.ajws.org/agatharelief or by check mailed to: American Jewish World Service, 45 W.
A compilation of recommendation documents from several Haitian civil society and diaspora conferences, organizations and coalitions.
This compilation was prepared by a Washington, D.C. based ad-hoc Haiti advocacy coalition (contributing members listed inside). Views expressed in the documents included are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the coalition that prepared this document.
The following documents have been developed by Haitian civil society and diaspora conferences, organizations and coalitions in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
Heavy flooding and landslides from some of the strongest rains in Peru's history have left the indigenous people of Cusco and the surrounding regions of Huancavelica and Puno in crisis. Flood water has closed roads and railway lines.
New York, NY; January 12, 2010--American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is collecting donations in response to this afternoon's massive earthquake in Haiti, which registered a 7.3 on the Richter scale. Donations to AJWS's "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund," which can be made at www.ajws.org/haitiearthquake, will enable AJWS's network of grantees in Haiti to meet the urgent needs of the population based on real-time, on-the-ground assessments.