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...
Nov 24, 2010

Construct the Family Launches Operations

CONSTRUCT THE FAMILY BEGINS OPERATIONS

Construct the Family is working to reduce problems related to violence against married women and domestic workers. They have seen how domestic and sexual violence leads to broken families, physical disability, HIV infection, ignorance, poverty, children without fathers, and women having multiple children who face malnutrition, neglect or abandonment. The project will target domestic workers and couples to provide sensitization trainings.  They will also provide skills training and help organize workers into associations so that they can better demand their rights and have more economic opportunities to leave abusive employers.

Construct the Family received their first stage of funding this August.  During the past two months, they have put tremendous effort into creating an issue survey that will assess the reality of – and beliefs concerning – domestic violence in their community.  The survey will inform their project’s programming and set a baseline to help measure their impact and their progress toward goals for their community such as: women understanding and claiming their rights; domestic workers protected against abuse from employees; women empowered by learning technical skills like sewing and thereby obtaining economic independence.  This month, the team is administering the survey and will use its results to select 15 domestic workers, 15 women victims of domestic abuse and their 15 husbands for this year’s training program on gender equality, women’s rights, and the consequences of domestic violence.  The 30 female victims of violence will also receive sewing skills training to give them the economic independence necessary to change their abusive situations. 


GLOBAL GRASSROOTS YEAR-END UPDATE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011

2010 has been a turning point for Global Grassroots. We have endured hardship with the economic downturn, but are emerging leaner, more creative and more strategic.  We’ve evaluated our social impact, repositioned our training program as the Academy for Conscious Change and integrated new mind-body practices for trauma healing.  We’ve brought these holistic practices to earthquake survivors in Haiti and, by request, to American relief workers serving in disaster zones.  We’ve doubled the number of civil society organizations our Academy has helped launch in Rwanda, and are investing in technology and partnerships to expand our reach.  Today, our 300 Rwandan change agents have established 16 non-profit organizations, which are working at the root level of a social issue facing women and girls, benefiting an estimated 10,000+ people each year.

As we move forward into 2011, we have over 100 women’s groups in 40 countries requesting our programs.  In response, we are expanding our hands-on approach into Northern Uganda next and embarking upon a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change to reach women worldwide through local internet cafes.  We are developing new courses, based on our core curriculum, for a range of new audiences, including students, donors and practitioners.  And we are preparing to package and license our program model for partner organizations to implement in regions we have yet to explore.

Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to join with us and our change agents in a three-part-partnership to actualize the possibilities in front of us. We invite you to read more about our progress in our 2010 Year-End Magazine (available for download on our home page: www.globalgrassroots.org) and consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide. 


GLOBAL GRASSROOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports conscious social change for women in post-conflict societies. Our Academy for Conscious Change is a 12-18 month social venture incubator, offering non-profit management skills, leadership training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support that enables vulnerable women change agents to launch their own grassroots solutions benefiting women and girls.  JOIN US.

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Nov 23, 2010

Relax Begins Operations to Fight Domestic Violence

RELAX BEGINS OPERATIONS

Global Grassroots is thrilled to inform you that we began the launch this new social venture, named Relax, in October.  This team of 10 is working in the rural Mwendo sector, where up to 50 percent of women are victims of domestic violence, including denial of property rights, marital rape and physical abuse.

Relax plans to work closely with the police and local authorities to improve the legal protection of at least 815 women who experience violence. Relax will teach women about their rights and identify local representatives who will be given cell phones to report cases of domestic violence when they occur. When not in use for emergency purposes, the phones will act as village phone businesses to help support the project's operating expenses.

To date, the team has begun dialogue about their project with the local authorities and is currently drafting questions for a baseline issue survey that will assess their target population’s beliefs, problems, and needs concerning gender-based violence and property rights. We look forward to updating you on their progress as they move forward.


GLOBAL GRASSROOTS YEAR-END UPDATE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011

2010 has been a turning point for Global Grassroots. We have endured hardship with the economic downturn, but are emerging leaner, more creative and more strategic.  We’ve evaluated our social impact, repositioned our training program as the Academy for Conscious Change and integrated new mind-body practices for trauma healing.  We’ve brought these holistic practices to earthquake survivors in Haiti and, by request, to American relief workers serving in disaster zones.  We’ve doubled the number of civil society organizations our Academy has helped launch in Rwanda, and are investing in technology and partnerships to expand our reach.  Today, our 300 Rwandan change agents have established 16 non-profit organizations, which are working at the root level of a social issue facing women and girls, benefiting an estimated 10,000+ people each year.

As we move forward into 2011, we have over 100 women’s groups in 40 countries requesting our programs.  In response, we are expanding our hands-on approach into Northern Uganda next and embarking upon a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change to reach women worldwide through local internet cafes.  We are developing new courses, based on our core curriculum, for a range of new audiences, including students, donors and practitioners.  And we are preparing to package and license our program model for partner organizations to implement in regions we have yet to explore.

Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to join with us and our change agents in a three-part-partnership to actualize the possibilities in front of us. We invite you to read more about our progress in our 2010 Year-End Magazine (available for download on our home page: www.globalgrassroots.org) and consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide. 


GLOBAL GRASSROOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports conscious social change for women in post-conflict societies. Our Academy for Conscious Change is a 12-18 month social venture incubator, offering non-profit management skills, leadership training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support that enables vulnerable women change agents to launch their own grassroots solutions benefiting women and girls.  JOIN US.

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Nov 23, 2010

Have Pity and Compassion Begins Operations to Protect Property Rights

HAVE PITY AND COMPASSION BEGINS OPERATIONS

Global Grassroots is thrilled to let you know, we have begun to launch this project, titled "Have Pity and Compassion", as of late October.  Have Pity and Compassion is working to reduce conflicts within families, including physical violence and lack of shared economic decision-making, by teaching family members about women’s rights to own and access property. The team will serve over 550 people in the rural area of Mutara, targeting couples.  They will use couples counseling, community theater, public debate and educational films to fight social norms that accept violence against women. The project will also form youth clubs, debate groups and widow executive committees to work within their communities.

Since receiving their first round of funding last month, the team has begun to establish partnerships with local authorities and work on a baseline issue study that will inform their programming and allow them to measure their impact. We look forward to keeping you informed of their progress over the coming weeks.


GLOBAL GRASSROOTS YEAR-END UPDATE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011

2010 has been a turning point for Global Grassroots. We have endured hardship with the economic downturn, but are emerging leaner, more creative and more strategic.  We’ve evaluated our social impact, repositioned our training program as the Academy for Conscious Change and integrated new mind-body practices for trauma healing.  We’ve brought these holistic practices to earthquake survivors in Haiti and, by request, to American relief workers serving in disaster zones.  We’ve doubled the number of civil society organizations our Academy has helped launch in Rwanda, and are investing in technology and partnerships to expand our reach.  Today, our 300 Rwandan change agents have established 16 non-profit organizations, which are working at the root level of a social issue facing women and girls, benefiting an estimated 10,000+ people each year.

As we move forward into 2011, we have over 100 women’s groups in 40 countries requesting our programs.  In response, we are expanding our hands-on approach into Northern Uganda next and embarking upon a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change to reach women worldwide through local internet cafes.  We are developing new courses, based on our core curriculum, for a range of new audiences, including students, donors and practitioners.  And we are preparing to package and license our program model for partner organizations to implement in regions we have yet to explore.

Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to join with us and our change agents in a three-part-partnership to actualize the possibilities in front of us. We invite you to read more about our progress in our 2010 Year-End Magazine (available for download on our home page: www.globalgrassroots.org) and consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide. 


GLOBAL GRASSROOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports conscious social change for women in post-conflict societies. Our Academy for Conscious Change is a 12-18 month social venture incubator, offering non-profit management skills, leadership training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support that enables vulnerable women change agents to launch their own grassroots solutions benefiting women and girls.  JOIN US.

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