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 2, 2014

Girls Reconvene to Share Great Updates

The girls working on inner transformation
The girls working on inner transformation

In our last report, in April, Global Grassroots happily reported the launch of three new ventures.  The 18 girls working on these ventures had a follow-up, 2-day workshop which provided them a chance to come together and learn of each others progress while further refining and developing Global Grassroots' unique blend of leadership and entreprenurship skills combined with personal transformation and mindfulness practices.  Global Grassroots' Program Officer, Gyslaine described her enjoyment in hearing what she describes as "amazing" feedback from these girls since they started working in their communities. (As a reminder, the topics of the ventures spearheaded by the girls are: to reduce the number of street children; reduce the number of street girls who do not go to school and; reduce poverty against women and girls through family planning training.) 

All eighteen girls shared their inspiring feedback.  Here are just a few direct quotes from the girls that offer a feel of the transformation they recently experienced.  Their words below are kept exactly as spoken, to the greatest extent possible.

"As a leader, I have realized how much I bring value to my society. Before this program, I wasn’t sure if I could stand in front of many people or gather them to teach something that they think I have less experience in. Through the step of Implementation, I could see what community thinks of me and what are their expectations."

"I also learned that I have ability or talent of conviction. I realized this when I have been able to help a street child to change her style life by convincing her to go back home and join school. Before I was afraid that I could not make it happen. I was not aware of my talent before attending and Practice Global Grassroots program." 

"I have developed my leadership ability by using conscious program. There was no way I could be able to stand in front of people whom I consider older than them, and train them on something that I was expecting them to know better than I do. I used to think that adult people always have experience so I could not have any thing to share with them or have anything that can inspire them."

"From my experience as a social change leader, I have learned a lot from:

- Feeling and being aware of my challenges instead of avoiding them.

- Using Breath-Body-Mind technique to help to be aware of my environment and myself, in terms of avoiding to create harm to others. I have learned that I am the one to know how to manage the problems because the problems will always be there. I have learned and felt that I am a pillar of social change in my community."

We are so grateful to our sponsors who have either supported or continued to support these girls. Thank you so much.  We could not have imagined sharing a more positive and promising report.

A student sharing her findings
A student sharing her findings

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Jul 1, 2014

Rwandan Women's Literacy Program Update

Answering questions
Answering questions

Dear Sir/Madam,

We take this opportunity to send our sincere thanks for your great support in this task of literacy programs.  We are pleased to tell you that we are right in the second term which is scheduled to end at the beginning of August.  In the previous report we had planned to teach twenty women reading, writing and calculation.  Also providing training in business skills as well as their rights. Fortunately, this has not changed, and everything is going on well.

One interesting thing is to see one of the students has started to give subject introduction even before the teacher comes in.

One student MUKANKURANGA Janet was able to process a loan on her own from a local financial institution, after understanding well the subject on business skills.

Our remaining challenges:

-       teachers salaries are paid irregularly

-       monthly operating costs are increasing

-       our dancing troupe known as INZOVU (elephant) which helps us in fundraising has aging costumes and because they are insufficient that is to say at times we need hiring some new ones.

Our plan ahead is to:

a)    prepare for the examinations of second  term end

b)    elaboration of the third term program

c)     preparation for the study tours of the students in various business centers so that they become able to put the theory into practice

d)    mobilize the students to join cooperatives which will help them to combine  their efforts with others and have sustainable development

e)    continue the program of teaching as planned from the beginning

Don’t you think that educating a woman is educating the family?
In your country, between a man and a women who determines the number of children to be born?
Thank you for being a great supporter in our endeavors to educate a woman.

Sincerely yours,

                                      

Learning is fun
Learning is fun
Fractions!
Fractions!
Apr 28, 2014

Enterprising Youth Operating Ox-Plough Agricultural Ventures

Youth with their ox-plough
Youth with their ox-plough

GWED-G under its youth empowerment program is focusing on encouraging young people to actively participate in human rights activities and help them analyze their problems and explore opportunities for a better future. The organization has therefore established several youth groups (117 youth groups) in Gulu and Amuru districts.

Specifically this progress report encompasses updates from three youth groups in Awach Sub County, who have been able to scale their empowerment work with your support. These groups are:  Peibwol Wa youth groups of Gwengdiya parish; Wor twero Wa youth group of Pukony parish and Juk Ber youth group of Paibona parish, established as direct beneficiaries in Awach sub county in Gulu district.

The last few months, these groups undertook several capacity building training opportunities in different areas such as human rights; group dynamics and leadership; monitoring , document and reporting of human rights violations and abuses; business skills; village saving and loan association methodology; selection, planning and management of Income generation activities.  

With support through our fisca sponsor, Global Grassroots, the youth groups started opening their gardens using the ox-plough. The youth are so grateful and are ready to begin opening their garden. The youth also paid for an additional pair of oxen to train the new oxen bought for their project so that they can learn how to plough and walk within their garden.

A shift now exists in the way farming is done with Pe-Ibwolwa Youths groups. Before, these cultivation groups were using hand hoes. A higher percentage of youths used hand hoes for cultivating their gardens. This method of cultivation only allows for the youth to open up small plots of their land leaving the majority of the land uncultivated. As a result harvests are poor and cannot provide economic transformation and prosperity.

Now they are using animal traction, especially ox ploughing. This method involves the use of oxen and ox ploughs for opening up agricultural land. This is so far the most common and affordable means of mechanized farming in the community. The youth groups are currently busy using ox ploughs to open up most of the land where they are planting crops such as maize, beans, cassava, and rice among others. The majority of the groups' gardens range in size  between 6 to 10 acres of land.

The other two youths groups remain optimistic for their micro-project to begin and they are also busy with their routine activities including conducting community awareness and education on human rights. We look forward to updating you as we complete fundraising for all youth venture teams as part of this project.  

Thank you for your support, and please consider a contribution towards this venture today!

Youth with their ox-plough
Youth with their ox-plough
Youth with their ox-plough
Youth with their ox-plough

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