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 10, 2013

GBV Training Extends to 45 more Community Members

Over the last quarter, Light in Our Home, a Global Grassroots trained social venture, has provided training on family law to 45 more women and men.  This most recent training has come at the recommendation of the district, which is an indicator of this team's leadership in their region.  They have also succesfully worked to create an anti-GBV club in the local high school.  Their upcoming plans inlude a training in their community on laws related to land and property rights, using local community members who have been trained in the past as role models to provide support across the new sectors they will reach. 

Light in Our Home continues to advance its mission to address violence against women and children, in particular domestic violence and sexual abuse, which is exacerbated by poverty and women and girls' subsequent vulnerability. 

Thank you for your contribution to Light in Our Home. This venture has now officially graduated from Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change incubator.  We will be retiring this venture from the GlobalGiving site because it is fully funded and operational.  However we will endeavor to keep you updated on their progress and should the team prepare to expand their work, we will reach out for your support and partnership again.  

The success of Light in Our Home is due to your support, and we invite you to consider contributing to Global Grassroots to help us sponsor other ventures like Light in Our Home: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/conscious-social-change/. 

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Jul 9, 2013

The second term end on this July 26, 2013

The women in our project
The women in our project

Dear sir/ Madam,

Thank you for your great support for helping women from our community to study how to read, write and calculate.

We are very happy to inform you that on July 26, 2013 we will close our second term academic year 2013   

The following activities are we had planned to work on during this second term:

  • Teaching students how to construct a sentence.
  • Teaching women’s rights.
  • Teaching business skills
  • Buying teaching materials.

So far, the women have learnt to read all the alphabets. Now they can read sentences and write letters by themselves.

Two students have already opened their own bank accounts which will help them to save money, feed their families and run their small projects.

These women are joining different self-reliant groups which help them to develop their families and learn from others.

In our class 3 women had already registered to the local government for legal marriage. This is an amazing achievement that is beneficial as it gives a woman full rights to access her family’s property.

One part of our operating cost is covered by the raised money from GlobalGiving donations as well as different fundraising activities including the performance of the dance troop.

The following are the challenges that we have:

  • We are still unable to regularly pay the teachers' salaries.
  • We are still having shortfalls in our monthly operating costs such as buying chalks, books, etc
  • We are still renting some of the costumes of the dancing troop that helps us in fund raising.

Our plan for the next term:

  • Teaching the women about their rights.
  • Encouraging the women to send their daughters to school, open their own bank account in order to be able to save money for their families.
  • To train them so that they can have self esteem and participate in the decision making committees in the community.
  • To encourage them to have legal marriage, so that a child and the mother can have right to access the family property.
  • Teaching them about different topics for personal development, and teach them business skills which will help them to raise income in their families.
  • Mobilize the women to join cooperatives which will help them to combine their efforts with others and have sustainable development.
  • Encourage the young students in our program to join public school, so that they can be able to continue their studies up to secondary school as soon as they graduate from our program.

In your opinion what do you think is the best approach to having a society that respects women’s rights? What else do you think we can include in next year our program of teaching women reading, writing and calculating for 2014 intake?

It is always promising to see how the life of our graduates improves day by day. Thank you once again for your partnership, and it will always be our pleasure to share with you our progress. Any support from you is warmly welcome. Please remember to visit our project and show it to your friends. We wish to stay in touch with you.

Thank you very much!

Gratefully,

The youngest dancer fundraising for our project
The youngest dancer fundraising for our project
The middle age dancers fundraising for our project
The middle age dancers fundraising for our project

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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,

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