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...
Feb 24, 2015

Wrap up & Achievements of 3 Young Women's Ventures

Girls in a mindful moment
Girls in a mindful moment

Dear Friends and Supporters:

We are so pleased to share final feedback from three teams of young women who worked hard to create lasting change in their communities throughout 2014.  Their work was possible thanks to the partnership between Global Grassroots of Kigali and Komera based in Rwinkwavu. 

Each of three teams has reported back with final results of their work.  These teams of girls, like girls before them, grew in confidence and compassion as a part of their own personal transformation, while helping create long lasting shifts in their communities, as shared here:

1. The venture, Step Forward (Terimbere), led by a team of eight young women with the mission to reduce poverty among women and youth through offering workshops on family planning and starting a livestock program, helped by:

  • training 42 community members about how to create jobs (and of those members 15 couples started a land circle that contributes Rwandan francs each week toward buying goats)
  • assisting seven couples to breed goats who then used these acquired skills to save money;
  • sensitizing ten couples who learned about family planning (new cases of unwanted pregnancies decreased by 15%).

2. The Young Women's Vision Team, Izina ry’Umushinga, had a the mission to reduce the number of street girls that do not attend school through educating/sensitizing children about the importance of education and advocating for their rights.

The team carried out:
- training of children's rights
- raising awareness of the importance of children’s education and
- six girl students were supported with school fees, school materials and a follow-up coaching program.

In doing so the team achieved these outcome goals:

  • 40% of trained households on the importance of children have sent the children to school equally.
  • the six girls that the team ensured would attend school represent a 45% increase in girl attendance.

Success story:
“I have been on the street for 3 years before meeting the Vision Team.  I was not feeling interested to go back to school, as I dropped out after only one year of my primary school. I was hopeless for my future life. But now, I am eligible to plan and think for my future plan”. I can think of what I want to become at the end of my studies,” said Isabella.


3. The young women's venture,"Those to be Seen, " Indangamirwa
selected and then supported five of the most vulnerable children from their community, Nkondo cellule, to help reduce the number of street children in their commiunity, and turn them to students attending school.

Their achievements:

  • Five children are now attending the school regularly and live either with their families, extended families or in home-stays.
  • 30% of new parents (6 out of 20 parents) now send their children to school.
  • 60% of parents now converse with their children and respect their rights in terms of allowing them to pursue school

One example of success:  This team worked with a young girl who had dropped out from school after Primary one because her mother was very poor, HIV Positive, and chronically sick. This child used to spend her days around the Rwinkwavu Hospital collecting discarded food.  The team helped her return to school.  According to one of the team members, "the best point is that through Global Grassroots’ skills, we found a partner who will sponsor her up to secondary school."

By sharing these final results, we are now ready to formally close this project.  We are grateful to our followers and all of you who have offered financial support to these young women. Thank you, very much.  

You are welcome at this point to consider following and supporting:

- Global Grassroots girls who are engaging in similar training and community work in Uganda: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/young-women-conscious-change-uganda/.  
Or alternatively: - the Komera Global Run which supports the education and empowerment of girls: 
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/komera-global-run/ 

Rosine leads a mindfulness practice
Rosine leads a mindfulness practice
Students reviewing their work
Students reviewing their work
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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.

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story telling in the classroom
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