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 8, 2013

Our women are making necklaces out of papers!

Dear Sir/Madam,

Our project progress is very amazing, Orphans and widows are attending our program regularly, and many people are interested in learning our training skills about growing and preparing mushrooms, as well as making bracelets and necklaces out of natural resources and/or papers.

We can't say about our progress without sharing some testimonials from our beneficiaries about the impact of this project in their lives. Mukamana Marie Louise is a 38 woman, who droped out of school when she was in senior 3 due to poverty. After school, life was so difficult for her and a rich man was suggested for her for marriage. She accepted as the second illegal wife of that man (as in Rwanda polygamy is not allowed). She said, "After giving birth to my third child, my husband was no longer kind to me. He could feed us, and he used to beat me almost every night. I was too young to endure that pain, and I had no one else to support me. As a result, I decided to leave him, having no parent to go to I became a prostitute." Mukamana heard about our project from one of our team's member. After realizing the motivation she showed to leave that life of prostitution, our team decided to recruit her. She is now among the women we are serving. "One thing I really value about this project is the teaching skills of growing mushrooms. My children are now healthy, they quickly recovered from the malnutrition sickness Kwashiorkor. I have started leaving this bad profession of prostitution as I went there to be able to feed my children. Now, in addition to knowing how to grow and prepare mushrooms, I have increased my self confidence. I feel ready to start my small business that can bring me a monthly income. All my three children will certainly attend school, and reach where I was not able to reach. "

Mukamana like many other 25 widows and orphans with such unique and inspirational testimonials that keep motivating our team to continue and expand our activities. Our team could not still exist without people like you who give whatever they can to make it grow.

We thank you very much in advance for your partnership!

Yours faithfully,

Jul 2, 2013

Becoming Leaders & Creating Innovative Solutions

Attending Training with A Friend Indeed
Attending Training with A Friend Indeed

In the last few months, 3 teams of graduates from the most recent Academy for Conscious Change in Rwanda began official, autonomous operations. It is remarkable to watch previously marginalized women grow into respected community leaders and conscious change agents. We are thrilled to share with you some of what they have accomplished, feats possible because of your financial support.

One of the ventures, A Friend Indeed, is working on the problem of violence and stigma against single mothers. The baseline study conducted by the team reveals some troubling information, including the fact that among single mothers surveyed, 91 percent of the pregnancies were undesired, and 49 percent of respondents report having no knowledge of reproductive health. Still more troubling, 92 percent of these single mothers experienced violence during their pregnancy and 100% of community members surveyed said that a single mother was useless to society 

In June, the team hosted their first training with 140 single mothers on human rights to help them have more knowledge and confidence in standing up for their rights.  They bestowed 67 certificates of completion to single mothers and other community members who completed the full program. Additionally, seven of the mothers who were outstanding in their attendance, participation, and practice of new skills were also awarded chickens in a special ceremony.

Their next endeavor will be to conduct a training program in reproductive health with young people in the community to begin to improve education so as to prevent further unwanted pregnancies.

A second team, Kind People, working in the Ruhango District of Rwanda's Southern Province received a grant from Global Grassroots to buy their motorbike. This venture is designed to protect women's property rights an issue that is often a trigger for domestic violence. The motorbike represents the kind of innovating thinking, problem solving, and sustainable venture design that is taught at the Academy for Conscious Change. Not only will the motorbike allow team members to reach the hundreds of women and 22 anti-violence clubs they have started in remote villages it will also act as a revenue-generating taxi to support the teams ongoing operation costs.

We wish to thank you again for your generous donations and hope that you will consider continuing to support these remarkable women and others like them as they create a better world. 

Outstanding Graduates are Awarded Chickens
Outstanding Graduates are Awarded Chickens
Kind People
Kind People's New Motorbike
Kind People Team Member
Kind People Team Member
Jul 2, 2013

Women Feel Empowered to Speak Out

In the last three months, this team, working on gender-based violence, has had a profound effect on the lives of 20 local women who received their training on women's rights. These beneficiaries report that they no longer feel afraid to come forward when they experience domestic abuse or denial of their rights. They no longer feel they must suffer in silence. 

The Relax team has also bought airtime on local radio to broadcast public service announcements to help end gender-based violence. Additionally, they were able to purchase and distribute 23 pigs and piglets to local women in order to help alleviate poverty and malnutrition by providing manure for crops. 

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