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...
Apr 16, 2015

Supporting Youth Change Makers in Rwanda

High school students planning their project
High school students planning their project

Thus far in 2015, Resonate’s programs have focused on supporting and bolstering Rwanda’s youth.

We have been working with a group of secondary school girls and guiding them through a process as they learn to see themselves as agents of change and community leaders. In December we conducted a 4-day leadership camp, including our core Storytelling for Leadership training, as well as modules on Identifying Strengths, Setting Goals, and designing impactful community projects. We are conducting follow-up workshops during school breaks in order to continue to provide guidance and support as the students carry out community projects in groups of 3 or 4. We are incredibly excited to be supporting these bright young women in their first steps toward community leadership.

Resonate is also partnering with Ashoka Youth Ventures, Bright Futures Cornerstone, and AKWOS to bring the Ashoka Youth Ventures program to Rwanda for the first time. The program will work with young people interested in social change and pair them with mentors and training to help develop their ideas and potential for being leaders of change.

Through these partnerships and the expansion of our core program Resonate is supporting our ultimate vision to see a world where all women and girls can be leaders in creating communities where everyone is valued and respected.

Resonate alumnae helping coach a new group
Resonate alumnae helping coach a new group
Solange Impanoyimana shares her personal story
Solange Impanoyimana shares her personal story

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Mar 25, 2015

Launching the Next Literacy Class of 20 Women

Learning to write
Learning to write

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is a great pleasure at this moment to send you our sincere greetings. The year 2014 passed with twenty more women who are now literate thanks to everything you do to make our program succeed.

As a matter of fact, women continue to experience changes in our community since this program started. There is a remarkable transformation of lives; although there is still a long way to go.

As far as the students program is concerned, we are still in the process of registering new students and we expect to start the new term in April 2015.

In our previous report we mentioned the evaluation of our implementation that was done by our ex-students who gave us some useful advice in the field.  An interesting thing is that our former students have been sensitizing other women in the community to come and join this program and this is working.

Challenges we continue to face are as follows:

-       Every time we start a new year we require materials for the classroom and this requires funds to help support our illiteracy teaching.

-       The problem of paying our teachers remains unsettled.

Our plan for this first term is as follows:

-       Teach another 20 adult women from our community
-       Teach the alphabet
-       Teach reading, writing and simple counting
-       Sensitize women on the importance of literacy. We ask:

  • Don’t you think that literate women can do more than a man can do?
  • Don’t you share the idea that educating a woman is educating a community?
  • Who plays great role in looking after children, a woman or a man?

Dear partners in womens development, we thank you once again for maintaining a relationship of high standard. It encourages us and brings us hope.

From our Team “LET US BUILD OURSELVES” we wish you all a forthcoming joyous Easter.

Thank you very much,

                        Sincerely yours,

                                                Innocent

Working on addition
Working on addition

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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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