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 2, 2014

Effective Training Demonstrated by Three Ventures

A Friend Indeed - tailoring training
A Friend Indeed - tailoring training

Over the past three months, a number of updates from existing ventures help us see a common thread:  training as a way to advance their different missions.  Each team is demonstrating the power of their achievements through their focus on training. We have chosen to highlight their successes here:

A Friend Indeed

A Friend Indeed” continues to work on tackling a deeply set sigma faced by single mothers. In a survey taken before the project, 100% of their community members indicated the belief that single mothers are useless to society.  Here is how the team is working to combat these beliefs.

In the past three months through their training they have:

  •   helped 67 single mothers understand their rights on issues of violence and human rights.
  •   held 2-day training workshop on reproductive health and use of birth control system.
  •   reached out to 48 youth and taught them about reproductive health, specifically unwanted pregnancies.
  •   organized 249 single mothers in Byimana to manage their savings, dividing them into 9 groups.
  •   initiated sewing courses to help equip single mothers with skills so that they can be economically independent.

Kind People

"Kind People" continues to tackle the issue of women's lack of access to land and property rights, an underlying cause of domestic physical and economic violence.

They have trained:

  • 292 people (147 men and 127 women) from Kabagali sector, living in Rwesero and Munanira, Karambi, and Rwoga Cellules in gender based violence, the causes and consequence of violence, how to take care of victims of domestic abuse and violence and strategies to combat violence.  (Afterwards, team members selected 120 people who best exhibited change.  They also chose 3 people from each village who "changed their minds on violence." With additional training they are now formed in 10 clubs focused on actively helping reduce and/or manage cases of violence.)
  • 10 people (4 men and 6 women) working at the local authorities office.
  •  a group of people on a specific session "training the trainers"

Education for the Young Girls

This venture seeks to empower young women by keeping them in school.
In the past 3 months they report that they have:

  • continued reproductive health training, including activities that encourage school dropouts to return to school.
  • conducted a reproductive health and saving training workshop for 94 girls at school.
  • initiated a savings workshop to help prevent girls from dropping out of school because they can't afford the supplies or fees. (The team recognizes that many girls drop out of school because of poverty, and they believe that a saving workshop will prevent them from the option of taking up prostitution. As result of the workshop, most of the girls are working as a team to collect firewood and sell for money that goes toward school materials for themselves.)

While each ventures carries out a variety of beneficial training activities (and much more) they are also seeking out ways to become financially self-sustaining over the long-term.  Your contribution helps bring each group one step closer toward that goal.  We are so grateful to existing donors who have already supported these women.  And to new donors who might be inspired to join, thank you so much as well.

Education for Young Girls - Niyitegeka Rachel
Education for Young Girls - Niyitegeka Rachel

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Apr 2, 2014

Three New Girl Ventures Formed in Rwinkwavu

The most recent 18 graduates
The most recent 18 graduates

For the second year, Global Grassroots's conducted a Conscious Social Change Academy curriculum in partnership with the Komera Project based in Rwinkwavu, eastern Rwanda, at the Partners In Health Center.  Eighteen girls joined this training to address social issues they identified in their communities.  Based on merit, these girls were awarded seed funding to support ventures that they designed.

The girls formed three ventures with the following missions, in their words (with translation):

"To reduce the number of street children through providing school material to the most vulnerable 5 children, training on importance of the girls and children’s rights, and educating community on importance of girls’ education and children in general through drama. We will help with reintegration process where it will be possible."

"To reduce the number of street girls who do not go to school, by providing the training and using theaters to mobilize and educate their relatives on importance of sending both children to school, providing some school materials to the 6 vulnerable girls and doing advocacy for their rights." 

"To reduce poverty against women and girls through family planning training, how to create jobs or businesses with personal small revenue available in community, and initiating livestock program among the most vulnerable families." 

Global Grassroots Senior Program Officer noted how effective it is to educate social change agents at this juncture of their lives.  Girls suddenly have new skills as well as a new found ambition with which to focus their energy. 

For sponsors who have contributed to supporting these girls in the past, thank you so much.  This group of eighteen girls shows great promise. Thank you for any new or continued support.  We will be sure to let you know how their ventures progress in the next quarter.

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Apr 2, 2014

Three New Girl Ventures Formed in Rwinkwavu

The Latest 18 Graduates
The Latest 18 Graduates

For the second year, Global Grassroots's conducted a Conscious Social Change Academy curriculum in partnership with the Komera Project based in Rwinkwavu, eastern Rwanda, at the Partners In Health Center.  Eighteen girls joined this training to address social issues they identified in their communities.  Based on merit, these girls were awarded seed funding to support ventures that they designed. 

The girls formed three ventures with the following missions, in their words (with translation):

"To reduce the number of street children through providing school material to the most vulnerable 5 children, training on importance of the girls and children’s rights, and educating community on importance of girls’ education and children in general through drama. We will help with reintegration process where it will be possible."

"To reduce the number of street girls who do not go to school, by providing the training and using theater to mobilize and educate their relatives on the importance of sending both children to school, providing some school materials to the 6 vulnerable girls and doing advocacy for their rights."

 "To reduce poverty against women and girls through family planning training, how to create jobs or businesses with personal small revenue available in community, and initiating livestock program among the most vulnerable families."

Global Grassroots' Senior Program Officer noted how effective it is to educate social change agents at this juncture of their lives.  Girls suddenly have new skills as well as a new found ambition with which to focus their energy.

For sponsors who contributed to supporting these girls in the first year, thank you so much.  This year's group of eighteen girls shows great promise. We are deeply grateful for any new or continued support.  We will be sure to let you know how their ventures progress as 2014 unfolds.

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