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 27, 2010

Light In Our Home Year-End Progress Update

LIGHT IN OUR HOME PROGRESS UPDATE

This social venture led by a local headmaster who also ran for Parliament this past year, is working to fight against all forms of gender-based violence.  The project is educating local leaders about the causes and consequences of violence and forming anti-violence clubs in each local neighborhood.  The venture, launched in late March has already conducted its first training with local officials from 33 different sectors, including high school principals, District advisory council members, and the head of security in the Ruhango District, about the causes, consequences, relevant laws and forms of gender-based violence (GBV). Consequently, two schools created anti-GBV clubs. The clubs are mobilizing students to report GBV cases that occur at school and are then following up on the cases.  At the government level, the district advisory council members who received training successfully advocated for funding, and the Ruhango District distributed 1,800,000 FRW ($3,076) for fighting GBV in nine sectors. In October, Light in Our Home trained another 164 people including 127 local authorities, members of the National Women’s Council, members of the National Youth Committee, eight local representative members of the President’s Advisory Council and eight Executive Secretaries at the local government level. They are working to develop new anti-GBV clubs and strengthen existing ones.  They also recently conducted a survey of their beneficiaries and are in the process of analyzing the data. We look forward to continuing to update you on their progress in the coming months.


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 24, 2010

New Access to Water for People w/Same Purpose

WATER ACCESS ARRIVES TO AREA SERVED BY PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PURPOSE

Global Grassroots is happy to share that the Government of Rwanda and the municipal water company, Electrogas, has decided to extend water access to the area where People with the Same Purpose had been working to develop their own non-profit water venture. We have consulted with the team, who believes that the need they were facing will be adequately addressed by the government, and thus they no longer need to invest in the water venture they had been developing.  We are delighted that the community will have water access and that women, especially those physically disabled, will no longer be at risk of violence or exploitation in accessing clean water.  However, we honor the funding that you have contributed towards this venture and your intentions for its use.  

Global Grassroots deeply appreciates your donation and wants to make sure it used in the way you would like it to be used. As such, we would like to contribute this funding first towards the needs of another of our water projects on GlobalGiving, "Let Us Build Ourselves-Kanombe" (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/clean-water-hygiene-violence/), which is just beginning construction.  Any unused funds would then go towards a new Global Grassroots venture also working with the handicapped. Handicap Rwandais Reabilite Reintegre dans ses Droits (or HRD) is helping mothers and disabled children overcome extreme stigmatization and violence, where women are blamed for giving birth to a child with disabilities, and some are abandoned by their husbands and abused by family and neighbors. HRD was part of our 2010 Academy for Conscious Change, and their project is currently in development.

If you would rather these funds be used for another project on GlobalGiving please let us know by December 1.  If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me directly at gwallace@globalgrassroots.org or GlobalGiving at projecthelp@globalgiving.org.
 
Thank you again for your support!


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.

Links:

Nov 24, 2010

Achieving a Better Life

Achieving a Better Life continues to grow.  In the last six months we hosted eight theatre performances, each about a different face of domestic violence or the undervaluing of women . Our team continually strives to improve our project, distributing evaluations after performances and surveying community members, then responding to criticism and modifying their programming to tackle the most prevalent issues.

The ABL actors participated in the Arts for Peace and Human Rights conference as well as a Pan-African conference on strengthening creative industries through entrepreneurship. ABL's founder, Charlotte, I recently received training in documentary film-making  and feature script writing then the team is now working on a documentary film by the time we have finished a feature drama in October DVDs are available.

This November we are perfoming another play shows different images of choosing a finance and we are teaching the community the effect either positive or negative for the future marriage according to the choose that is based on which criteria, it may be the culture what we call forced or from loving each other and so on...

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