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...
Jan 21, 2015

2015 Begins with 13 New Conscious Change Agents!

Training completed
Training completed

Dear Friends:

Just this week Global Grassroots completed its second training of young women based at Cornerstone Leadership Academy in Matugga, Uganda. This year's students, having graduated from high school just one month earlier, were eager to learn everything they could about what it means to be a conscious social change agent. They were like sponges soaking in new lessons in personal transformation and social entrepreneurism.  

Two days ago we dispersed - the girls returning to their home villages spread throughout Uganda. They are embarking on solving societal issues that are closest to their hearts: the high rates of school drop outs and the tenacious, widespread instances of early pregnancies and early marriages. The girls, coming from small, remote communities, know these issues intimately and are well aware that without the good fortune of their education and scholarships their futures would certainly be different.

Next week, Heidi Luquer, Global Program Officer, will head west, and Juliet Aber, Uganda Program Associate will head east, to follow-up with each student in her home village. With an Award Letter and small seed grant in hand, the girls will now embark into the hard and courageous work of tackling difficult issues they believe they can transform.  We will report back over the next 6 months on how these students make out before they head to university. 

We are so grateful for your contribution which goes directly to supporting the training of these fine, young women.  

Stay tuned....  

Part of a day
Part of a day's lesson
Girls working together
Girls working together
Working on personal transformation
Working on personal transformation

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Jan 21, 2015

Building a Pathway to Leadership

Informal story telling
Informal story telling

In November and December 2014 Resonate hosted 6 Storytelling for Leadership workshops with 160 girls and women. Participants ranged from young social entrepreneurs, to secondary school students, to members of a women’s cooperative. In all cases, participants learned to present themselves, their ideas, and their work with authenticity and confidence. 

In late November we completed our first Leadership Camp with 14 young scholars from Eastern Province in Rwanda. Participants went through our core Storytelling for Leadership curriculum, as well as sessions on setting personal and professional goals, seeking out opportunity, and taking on a role as a community leader. On the last day of camp the students broke into groups according to their home districts and designed projects that would address the needs they had identified in their communities. One groups decided to buy and breed livestock, using the proceeds to pay school fees for young children in their communities who might not otherwise be able to go to school. During a follow-up visit in December we were accompanied by college students who are alumnae of Resonate’s program and who helped teach and mentor the young scholars. Resonate will be meeting with the students in April and July to check in with them about the status of their community projects and provide them with any needed guidance or support.

 As part of our effort to ensure that all alumnae of our program are supported as community leaders, we are helping to launch Ashoka Youth Ventures in Rwanda in 2015. Youth Ventures is a program that provides training and mentorship to young changemakers. We are incredibly excited to be able to not only build confidence and leadership through our core program, but to also be able to provide continued training and support for those who are driven to begin their own social change projects or initiatives.

story telling in the classroom
story telling in the classroom
Story telling practice
Story telling practice
Sharing
Sharing

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Jan 21, 2015

Women Press on to Eradicate Domestic Violence

Kind People team member at work
Kind People team member at work

As reported directly from the field:

Global Grassroot's women's group, United People and Kind People led by two different groups of remarkable women report in on their progress as 2015 begins.

The Venture, United People, located in the Southern Province of Rwanda, is working with four groups of beneficiaries who are engaging in tailoring, making handcrafts with banana leaves, and carpets and small baskets with sisal as a way of raising money to train couples about gender balance and domestic violence. The group describes many challenges such as the issue of finding the right place to sell their items and only having the use of one sewing machine.

The team reports that some of their goals in working to reduce domestice violence have been achieved.  After training several women in making handcrafts they were able to award domesticated animals to couples whose behavior had changed the most significantly. Additionally the group was able to mobilize women to participate in income generating projects as a way of reducing their economical dependence, often the biggest trigger of violence.

The team trained a total of 40 couples who were most affected by domestic violence its causes and its consequences. They taught 35 women to make handicrafts who are now able to generate income that is helping them with the basic needs for their families. Five community members were taught sewing, and were then able to earn money from what they made.

Kind People, also located in the Southern Provence, in the Kabagali Sector, is also working to alleviate the root causes of domestic violence.  Their focus is on protecting women’s rights and promoting legal marriages by training men and women about the laws protecting the family and creating clubs to advocate for women’s rights.

One member described, "After getting training on social entrepreneurship by Global Grassroots our dreams of fighting violence in the community came true because of the grant which Global Grassroots  offered to us..."  The team also describes a split.  Seven team members decided to stop their work for a number of different reasons, including, for instance, the fact that they changed their residences, and some realized they did not have a natural affinity to being a change agent.

The remaining eight members are firmly committed and have created a conflict resolution commission, which helps them follow up with those cases after they are taken to the local authority.  The Conflict Resolution Commission allows Kind People to assist in problem solving and they have weekly meetings.

Recent accomplishments:

  •  70% of couples in Imudugudu say that violence has decreased.
  • 65% of women who attended the training have the right to access their property.
  •  Half of the couples who were illegally married at the beginning of the training decided to legalize their marriages
  • 75% of couples are still together after training provided by the members.

The team is fundraising with the goal of reducing the amount of monthly dues requested of group members.  Any donations would do towards this.  And if enough money is raised the group would like to rent an office rather than meet in the house of a team member.  Additionally, the team reports that because they are all over 50 years old they would like to bring their program to youth as a priority in the coming year.

The team is deeply grateful for the generosity of those who have contributed to date and feels continually blessed by your consideration.  They extend their heartfelt thanks.

The Kind People team
The Kind People team
United Team Members
United Team Members
Recently made handicrafts of United Team members
Recently made handicrafts of United Team members
Handicraft making to support domestic violence
Handicraft making to support domestic violence

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