In Kenya-a country of nearly 35 million people-malnutrition and hunger are staggering problems, particularly for children, orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS. In the rural, western regions of Kenya, sustaining basic nutrition is a chronic struggle in the face of food insecurity.
Introducing AJWS's campaign to promote local solutions to a global crisis
By Leah Kaplan Robins and Josh Berkman
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN's International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights both declare that access to adequate food is a universal human right. So why does a typical family in the developing world have to spend 80 percent of its income on food? Why are more than a billion of our fellow human beings undernourished?
New York, NY; August 18, 2009- AJWS has recently awarded more than $3.2 million to 151 grassroots project partners in 28 countries. The new grants are divided into five categories, which include sustainable livelihoods and development, community health, community voice, education for all, and community engagement in conflict and emergencies. They provide funding to organizations in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
AJWS's mission is to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among people in developing countries regardless of race, religion or nationality.
In celebration of International Youth Day, AJWS applauds its youth-focused and youth-led grantees for empowering young people in villages around the world. Here we highlight two of AJWS's Ugandan partners that have responded to the acute needs of conflict-affected and displaced youth.
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Over the weekend, hundreds of people were killed in the conflict zone of northeastern Sri Lanka. According to a government doctor working in the area, 378 people were killed and over a thousand injured. Within the past few days, there has been heavy fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military, and many civilians are trapped in the conflict zone.
Because independent journalists are not permitted in these areas, claims are difficult to verify. Reports are being pieced together from eyewitness accounts, hospital reports and government statements.
On May 2, 2008, a category four cyclone devastated Burma's* Irrawaddy River Delta, killing 140,000(1) people and leaving more than a million homeless. The disaster brought the world's attention to the human rights abuse inflicted by Burma's military junta, the SPDC.
New York, NY; March 31, 2009 - Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), said it was evident in her meeting yesterday with President Barack Obama and the administration's new special envoy to Sudan, General J. Scott Gration, that the administration understands the need to ensure the reinstatement of international aid groups into Darfur.
March 13, 2009; New York, NY- Ruth W. Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), has issued a statement today calling on the international community to actively push for the re-instatement of international aid organizations into Darfur so workers can continue providing critical services to the millions of refugees and internally displaced persons throughout Darfur and Chad.
"The already fragile humanitarian situation in Darfur is bound to deteriorate quickly.
Groups: Sudan's decision to restrict flow of aid represents possible prelude to humanitarian catastrophe of highest magnitude
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Save Darfur Coalition today called on President Obama to press the Sudanese government to immediately reinstate the licenses of 13 international humanitarian groups expelled from Darfur last week.
An AJWS program officer is currently in Sri Lanka, meeting with AJWS grantees. She reports:
The situation in Vavuniya urgently needs attention. All Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are being moved to closed "welfare" or "welcome" centers in Vavuniya. The government's own count shows over 32,000 IDPs in 13 camps in Vavuniya. There are concerns that the government is not able to provide support to the IDPs because of the massive scale of displacement. Many of these camps are in schools or colleges, which is disrupting education for students in Vavuniya.
February 24, 2009; New York, NY- American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has recently awarded more than $5.7 million to 224 grassroots project partners in 33 countries. This total marks an increase of nearly $2 million over its last grants review in June. The new grants are divided into five categories, which include sustainable livelihoods and development, community health, community voice, education for all, and community engagement in conflict and emergencies.
A humanitarian catastrophe of devastating proportions is underway in Sri Lanka. The "final push" of a decades-long civil war is causing deaths, injuries and displacements of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. More than 70,000 people have died in Asia's longest running civil war.