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American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World ServicesAmerican Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.


AJWS is committed to helping the people of Darfur (learn more here) create a better future. Since 2004, AJWS has been supporting national and international organizations to provide humanitarian aid and development programs to those displaced by the violence in Darfur while simultaneously engaging in U.S.-based education and advocacy to end the crisis.

AJWS has raised more than $8.3 million for the Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund to:

Humanitarian Aid

  • Develop water sources, construct sanitation facilities, dispose of dead animals, and provide basic health care and other essential humanitarian services, including therapeutic feeding centers for thousands of malnourished children.
    Establish children’s center for vulnerable and orphaned children.
  • Provide educational materials and activities for children in refugee camps and local host communities in Chad.
    Facilitate recreational and social activities in camps to improve the psychological and social wellbeing of children, youth and women, and build community leadership.
  • Provide women’s reproductive health services; reduce HIV transmission; support local initiatives to respond to sexual and gender-based violence, including psychosocial support, advocacy, medical and legal services.
  • Build civil society by identifying and training members of the displaced community to lead education and health care programs for women and children in the camps; support livelihood initiatives to reduce women’s dependency on aid.
  • Support Sudanese-lead organizations to monitor and report on human rights violations in Darfur.


Recognizing that humanitarian aid is not enough, AJWS is engaged in a simultaneous education and advocacy campaign to put pressure on United States and world leaders to end the crisis in Sudan:

  • AJWS provided the leadership for the establishment of the Save Darfur Coalition, a group of over 180 faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness and provide ways to take action.
  • AJWS has been a leading organization in bringing together the voices of the faith community and currently chairs the DC-based Interfaith Sudan Working Group. The group recently hosted an Interfaith Sudan Prayer Breakfast on Capitol Hill and brought together faith leaders for a meeting with Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Rev. Joshua DuBois, where they delivered a letter signed by over 1,500 clergy from across the country urging the administration to make peace in Sudan a priority.
  • The AJWS Darfur Action Campaign continues to mobilize thousands of people to write letters, make phone calls, and join rallies demanding that Congress, President Obama and other world leaders act to stop the violence and build peace in Sudan.

Take Action with American Jewish World Service

You Can Help AJWS Tell Congress the Time is Now

Despite movement in the Darfur peace process, new reports of violence have emerged from the region. With national Sudanese elections scheduled in April and a vote on national unity coming up in January, the consequences of failure could be catastrophic. American Jewish World Service asks you to tell your member of Congress: it’s make-or-break time for Sudan, so we must now refocus efforts to forge a sustainable peace.

Take Action: You can send a letter to your representative telling them to refocus attention to Sudan through American Jewish World Service.

Divesting Yourself with a Message Through AJWS

AJWS is part of a national campaign encouraging mutual fund companies to make investments genocide-free. You can help by examining your personal investments, urging major financial institutions to divest from problematic companies or voting with your proxy ballot at shareholder meetings.

Take Action: You can send a message to mutual fund companies via the American Jewish World Service Web site.

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    Great responsibility toward my mother and littel brothers. So I left the school after got ofsecondary general .idont have any choice but work atmosphere at factories in dangerous and unhealthyatmosphere. from 2001 i have been working more ten yaers and I tried various ways that change from mu future and future of my family to better and changed our hard situtions Bad conditionsam am near 30 years I am person with no future lost desperately poor weak and fraid. in eddition Jordanian treared us so badely way and harsh with no rights nor any privileges.we are citizens from second degree, they had been persecuted by a racist and Persecution we dont have any rights with take any jobs and they already had been taken for them selfs , and gave us very little wages hardely covered any thing and secure for us good level of life , also they were taken from us citizenship, arguing that parents keep Palestine and Palestinian nationality got, we live life like a slow death, not only this in winter we suffering from colds no have any means of heating all hope and please to help us and saved us I knew you good people and do not let us down in very acruel world and pepol do not have mercy and also inside our homes filled with water because its overheads IOF. me and my brothers live in difficult conditions in hunger . many days pass by we did not found food to eat but one meal every day some days we did not find it that meal . so i wrigt to your society and atotal of hope and hope to save us to help us ..

  • Sam

    Does AJWS fund NPR. ?
    Will that change after recent revelations?

  • Field Phiri

    This is Field phiri our of the staff from Groups Focused Consultation a non profit making organization based in Luapula province of Zambia. GFC still have a desire to work in partnership with AJWS. One staff from the American Jewish world service visited GFC three to four year ago and she indicated to us that we should communicate with AJWS when we are ready to deliver. She left a task for us to get more organized and the starting point was for GFC to have a strategic plan and all important systems in place. GFC besides the systems now has an institutional development plan which is drawn every year and is one such tool that keeps the organization to measure its growth and contribution to the community. GFC therefore now desires to work in partnership with American Jewish world service.
    Looking forward to your positive feedback

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