Global Grassroots

Global Grassroots is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to catalyze women and girls as leaders of conscious social change in their communities. Global Grassroots' work is guided by four core values that form our theory of change: 1. Deepening personal consciousness and contributing towards the common good are both essential to social change. 2. One of the most effective levers of social change is a woman with the capability, resources, power, courage and inner commitment to initiate positive change for herself and others. 3. Sustaining and accelerating conscious social change requires investment in supporting, civil society architecture. 4. Mind-body trauma healing plus t...
Jul 13, 2015

Team Growth and Program Expansion

Resonate Team
Resonate Team

This summer has been a summer of growth and expansion for the Resonate team. We have had the pleasure of welcoming three summer interns to help with our monitoring and evaluation and communications strategies, and we have hired a full time Operations Manager to streamline and run our organizational systems and processes. As a result, we have had the capacity to develop new curriculum and even expand to another country!

We partnered with Global Grassroots to deliver our core Storytelling for Leadership training to a group of young social entrepreneurs in Rwanda, and also to a group in Uganda – our first ever workshop in Uganda. These young women are learning to run their own social ventures, and so knowing how to present themselves and their work to their communities will play an integral role in their success.

We also partnered with The Imbuto Foundation to deliver training to 60 leaders of Rwandan organizations focused on youth development and empowerment. Each of these groups is an ally in our work to inspire young leaders to become change makers, and we hope that this first connection will spark many more opportunities to support Rwanda’s youth.

Solange trains youth leaders
Solange trains youth leaders
Jul 13, 2015

Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change Supports Social Change Ventures by Young Change Agents

Enjoying an outdoor session at midterm training
Enjoying an outdoor session at midterm training

Thirteen secondary school graduates were accepted into the 2015 Ugandan Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change training in January; each then successfully launched social change ventures in their home communities. While they each are focusing on social issues that primarily impact women and girls, ultimately, their ventures address matters that negatively affect their communities as a whole. During the first week of May, all of our youngest change agents reconvened for our one-week mid-term sessions. During these training sessions, participants learned more skills, including how to develop an impact assessment and prepare a comprehensive final financial report. While together, these young leaders discussed the various challenges and successes they have experienced and they shared the joys and frustrations felt while implementing their individual ventures. All are now back in their home communities, finishing up the work of their ventures while also looking forward to graduating from our program in early August and heading off to university in September, each with a $500 scholarship from Global Grassroots. It’s an exciting time for them – and for us! 

Seven initiatives are working to reduce the school drop-out rate among girls. Each young woman is working with a variety of stakeholders in her community, sensitizing them all to the importance of girls – and all children – to complete their education. One venture is working to educate parents and girls in her community about the negative consequences of early marriage, including inviting girls who have married before the age of 18 to talk about their experiences, especially the difficulties they’ve encountered. Four ventures are focusing on preventing teen pregnancy - two by providing sex education to help girls make informed choices - and all are teaching the effects and consequences of early pregnancy. 

Lillian learned that the majority of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 in her community are getting pregnant, primarily because most are lacking any form of sex education. With guidance from a local nurse and the head teachers at four different schools, Lillian meets with students to teach them basic sex education. She feels gratified when the students ask good questions and understand what she is telling them. Lillian’s goal during the last two months of her program is to help local parents understand the importance of teaching their children about sex and of encouraging their children to go to – and stay in – school. 

Your support of Global Grassroots’ Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change helps us provide training and seed funding, high-engagement support and one-year university scholarships to vulnerable yet motivated young women who wish to bring about social change in Uganda. Thank you.

 

2015 Uganda Class and Global Grassroots Staff
2015 Uganda Class and Global Grassroots Staff
Group Discussion During 2015 Midterm Sessions
Group Discussion During 2015 Midterm Sessions
Our Girls Get Lots of Support Initiating Ventures
Our Girls Get Lots of Support Initiating Ventures
Irene
Irene's Self-Portrait: A Bridge for Her Community
Jul 13, 2015

Global Grassroots' Rwanda Water Ventures are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people

The community now has safe local access to water
The community now has safe local access to water

We are excited about the progress our four women-led water ventures in Rwanda have made! First, Trust Each Other installed a 5,000L water tank and their new extension from the municipal pipeline is bringing water to it. Five villages, approximately 1,500 people, are now benefiting - with expanded service to five more villages soon. The team will be using profits from water sales to address gender-based violence and provide school fees for vulnerable children. 

Hold Each Otherhas encountered a delay laying their pipeline, most notably needing to increase the diameter of the pipe to their site because they are more than 300 meters from the water main. The new pipe is still being installed but should be completed in the next 3-4 weeks; the team will then be providing water to more than 1,800 people. 

Hard Workers’ has installed a second large water tank in their village in the southeast section of Kigali. The new tank serves an additional 600 households, approximately 3,500 residents. Twenty households, representing the disabled and/or most vulnerable, receive water for free. To achieve their goal of reducing water-borne illness by 98%, the team is visiting every households to teach the importance of treating water and of proper hygiene. 

Unite is bringing clean water to 300 households (1,600 people). Profits from water sales are already being used towards expanding to serve an additional four villages (5,400 people), teach residents how to purify water, and support the team’s Gender Equality Program. The team teaches local couples the importance of gender equality, including the need to share household responsibilities between the wife and the husband. 

Your gift of just $10 will support more grassroots, women-led teams like these solve – permanently and sustainably– the issue of water and bring about conscious social change in Rwanda. Please support Global Grassroots today. Thank you!

Women walk long distances to unsafe water sources
Women walk long distances to unsafe water sources
Learning in our Academy for Conscious Change
Learning in our Academy for Conscious Change

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