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...
Dec 27, 2011

Team Uses Issue Study to Meet Community Needs

The Kind People team believes that by promoting women's rights to property and empowering them by legalizing their marriages, they will advance equality between spouses and reduce conflict and oppression within relationships.  This fall, they conducted their baseline issue study, and they recently finished analyzing their findings, so as to fine-tune their training program to best meet the needs of the community.

GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE

Global Grassroots is proud to present our interactive annual magazine, Portraits of Transformation, available online at www.globalgrassroots.org/annualmagazine

Meet the individuals, families, and communities that drive our work.

Explore stories of personal growth and social change, told through photography, writing, and video.

Discover inspiration in their reflections, challenges, and triumphs.

...Please join us in celebrating our impact in 2011, and looking ahead to new growth and continued transformation in 2012.

Global Grassroots works to support women change agents among survivors of war and disaster. Under-served, undereducated, and overburdened, these women would otherwise lack the resources to promote systemic change. But they have profound wisdom about their communities and innovative ideas for social change. Their resilience, courage, and creativity are transforming the world, one community at a time. 

These are their stories…

 "The [Global Grassroots] training has taught me to think big... Now, I can go somewhere and knock and ask for a grant or anything.  Apart from that, in my own community, I have become a conflict resolver.  If in the neighborhood there is a conflict, women come to me – they trust me.  I go with them to solve those conflicts.  It helps me to change the quality of life in my community.”         

- Jeanette Muteteri, treasurer of Have a Good Life

 

“Now I feel like I can move... I can join the other people...I have come to understand my own value.  I know that I can participate in the team.  I can help them; I can give my ideas.”

- Christine Nyirandeya, team advisor of People of Love

Nov 1, 2011

The third Graduation in this December 2011

Nyiramaso Rose a student
Nyiramaso Rose a student

Our team Let Us Build Ourselves is progressing well. Since February 2011 we have been teaching 20 women in our community how to read, write, and calculate. This is the third session we are teaching since we started in 2008. In the first session we taught 30 women, the second 20, and now we teach 20 women. Currently the oldest student is 60 years old, and the youngest is 22. We teach them from Monday to Friday, two hours a day (1-3PM). 

These women are mostly widows. They are responsible for their families. Most of them work as cleaners, and others sell some vegetables and fruits in baskets. To date, six of our students have opened their own accounts in banks, and most of them are able to read and understand sign posts, newspapers, and the laws on civil marriage. Our team has made a big impact, especially with our beneficiaries. We receive different testimonials from our students: “I am Mukahigiro Mary, a student here in Let Us Build Ourselves. Now I know how to read Kinyarwanda, I can recognize a letter…It opened my mind. I feel comfortable and fitted in the society.” As a result of our work, sixteen students are now in different teams that work to help them become economically independent.

Some other students have joined our dance troop called Inzovu (Elephants). This troop supports us in fundraising through its performances. 28% of our monthly operating costs are covered by the income from this dance troop. Mukahigiro Mary our current student is a founder of a team called: Abanyamurava (Hardworkers) that is going to start a small project of selling charcoals, and recently her team has got a grant from Global Fund through A.E.E. (African Evangelistic Enterprise). What do you think about our project?

The big challenge we face is that we are not able to pay teachers, because we don’t have enough income. Therefore teachers work as volunteers. Another challenge is that we don’t have enough costumes for our dance troop. We usually rent these costumes, and it is expensive compared to our means.

 At the end of this year 2011 we are planning our third graduation. In other words, we have graduation ceremonies this December. All we want is that before graduation, every student will be able to effectively read and write. We also want everyone to be able to calculate, so that they can manage their small businesses. We also want all of them to open their own bank accounts, and send their daughters to school. In addition we are encouraging them to attend local meetings, and to run for office in local elections. Don’t you think that a woman can bring a great change in her family once she is literate? As we usually do a follow up of our students after they graduate, we plan to continue following up these fresh graduates.

Finally we thank you for supporting us in our literacy program among adult women, and we would love to hear from you.

 

 

Warm regards,

Innocent Baguma

The President of Let Us Buil Ourselves

(Teach 30 Rwandan Women to Read, Write & Calculate (8074)

students in classroom
students in classroom
Mukahigiro Mary in interview
Mukahigiro Mary in interview
Mary Mukahigiro at the market
Mary Mukahigiro at the market
Oct 25, 2011

2011 Impact Assessment & Training of Trainers

photo by Laya Madsen
photo by Laya Madsen

Release of Global Grassroots’ 2011 Impact Assessment: 

Over the course of ten weeks, Julia Oakley, a dual Masters student from Columbia University conducted an independent impact assessment of our Academy for Conscious Change in Rwanda. The following is an excerpt. Download our full Impact Assessment here

The social impact of Global Grassroots via its trained and funded ventures is approximately 32,500 Rwandans... Most teams are able to measure their social impact in some form, and all operating Global Grassroots ventures have visible signs of positive impact on their communities. Some, like Let Us Build Ourselves and Construct the Family, work intensively with their target populations; others, such as Light In Our Home, have more of an indirect but possibly widespread social impact….Global Grassroots should support teams to maximize their potential social impact on one hand, but continue to prioritize self-initiated growth and idea generation on the other. Global Grassroots' strategy of participatory development in fostering the creativity and levering the inner knowledge of local persons is its strongest asset and its key to sustainable social impact.

On vocational skills and health/women's rights training for vulnerable populations: 

“I know how to claim my rights and how to help other women to claim their rights, too. This helps me be safe and independent.”  -Beneficiary of Construct the Family

On girls’ sanitation and reproductive health:

"Now I am able to discuss with my children reproductive health and change of life, and tell them this is normal. I encourage them to share this with me. Before, I was ashamed to talk about it, but now I no longer have that shame and I can advise them about the consequences of their actions. This project has helped me to know my responsibilities as a parent and as a neighbor. We need to support girls and promote a bright future for them."   -Beneficiary of Think About The Young Girls

 

Global Grassroots Hosts Training for New Conscious Change Practitioners

This fall, Global Grassroots hosted seven women representing three countries (America, Rwanda, and Haiti) to participate in the first training of trainers in our curriculum, methodology, philosophy and trauma-healing skills for the Academy for Conscious Change.  Over the course of two weeks, participants learned how to work with traumatized populations, how to use mind-body skills to reset the nervous system and address post-traumatic stress, how to use participatory development methods to catalyze locally-led solutions in a developing country among a foreign culture, how to use their own understanding of personal transformation to support conscious leadership in others, and how to develop a sustainable non-profit from scratch.

Having completed the curriculum training, these new Conscious Change Practitioners will next conduct a pilot volunteer training with a partner organization in the US, and participate in a year-long correspondence course in personal transformation for change agents. Once certified, Global Grassroots Practitioners will take a leadership role in expanding our programs in new countries with interested partner organizations.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about how to bring Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change to your community.  

 

Global Grassroots Founder & President featured in Huffington Post:

Gretchen Wallace Empowers Women In Rwanda And Other Post-Conflict Societies

 

Our work has only been possible with your support, and we extend our deepest gratitude. We know that women have the potential to lead conscious social change, but many lack the resources and training to advance their own ideas. We need engaged investors to help us continue to support women’s initiatives for social change. Please consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.

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