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 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
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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