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...
Jan 24, 2014

THE 4th GRADUATION FOR RWANDAN WOMEN LITRACY CLASS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN FEBRUARY 2014

THE 4th GRADUATION FOR RWANDAN WOMEN LITRACY CLASS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE  IN  FEBRUARY 2014

 

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

Greetings for the new year of 2014. We hope everything has been well with you.

 

We send our appreciation for your support. In this report we wish to inform you that this 4th graduation is to take place in Feb 2014 as we started in Feb 2013.We are considering 20 women will be graduated.

 

These women are now able to read, write and calculate. They are also empowered in small and medium Enterprises and they have knowledge on their rights in society. They use all of those skills in small projects to make incomes for their wellbeing.

 

This year class has been improved: no student got less than seventy five percent ( 75% ) through out the course.

 

The raised money from global giving donations as well as different fundraising including the performance of the tradional-dancing troop covers one part of our operating cost.

 

The following are setbacks that we encounter:

  • Unreliability of teachers’ payment
  • Monthly operating costs remain higher
  • We still rent some Dancing costumes for our troop. Called INZOVU (elephant), which is helping in fundraising.

 

The following is our plan for the year 2014

  • Registration of new students ( in progress )
  • As routine our intake will be 20 women from the society
  • Purchase for teaching materials

 

 Do you have literacy programs for the adults’ people in your country like here?

 What is the role of educated women in the family’s’ well being?

 

Our program has changed people’s lives and they deeply appreciate. Your support is of great value and this blessing will be sustainable; we believe.

 

Thank you very much,

    BAGUMA Innocent

  President of the project  in Rwanda

Jan 2, 2014

Change Agents Tackle Potable Water Challenges

Defining water venture priorities
Defining water venture priorities

Global Grassroots held an Academy for Conscious Change in October 2013 that included a cohort of 33 individuals (7 teams). These indviduals came with the shared goal of returning to their communities to solve a variety of complicated water issues as well as build their skills in social venture development. Six of the teams were from areas surrounding Kigali and one team was from Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Collectively, the teams represent 113 others from their extended communities.

Each group touched on universal, shared problems involving access to potable water with varying approaches and priorities for how to tackle them. 

They all seek to:

  • eradicate waterborne diseases
  • promote community health
  • end violence and sexual exploitation women face when collecting water for their families
  • ensure children attend school (without complications from collecting water or missing classes because of poor health relating to water-borne diseases.)

At the start of the October Workshop, fifty-seven percent of the group felt mostly or very ready to work on the root causes of the their water problems.  At the end of the workshop based on post-assessment responses, ninety percent of the group surveyed felt mostly or very ready to create social change.  This was promising feedback and points to how they perceived the effectiveness of the training.

During the Workshop, trainees had a chance to visit a successful, existing water venture.  It was a powerful experience as they got to see first hand what is possible to accomplish with some perseverance and trust in their process.  With a first grade education, a past trainee from a previous workshop showed these teams how she and her community team had set up a water tank and started delivering potable water to homes in their community.  She also then discussed how she was able to turn the profits from the water tank back into the community’s sustained well-being through the purchase of livestock.   

Thanks to you, and other Global Grassroots supporters, these water ventures are now further shaping the activities that they seek to initiate in 2014.  We look forward to updating you on their progress.

Jan 2, 2014

Girl Change Agents Take Action

The girls at work
The girls at work

Six teams of girls from the Girls Academy for Conscious Change training are now carrying out their ventures.  The girls include teenage mothers, girls who are HIV+ and those who are the heads of their child-headed households.  For these girls, their education is critical.  The further they advance in their academics the more likely they are to improve their health, their sense of self-worth and how they can positively impact their communities.

Here are short summaries of the ventures they created and their progress:

Brave People is working to reduce the number of street children, ages 8-14, by educating them in performances using songs, plays and poems. Their goal is to mobilize these children to leave their street life, and bring them back to school and to their families.  To date, this team of 18 high school girls has independently reintegrated seven children back into their original families and helped three children find families to adopt them. They are working to ensure all children are reenrolled in school.

Invincible is working to reduce hunger by increasing farm yields using fertilizers, anti-erosion techniques and smart water usage. With a team of 5 members, Invincible was able to approach local leaders who agreed to partner with them, purchased four pigs to give to families and has worked to train the families on using fertilizer from the pigs to benefit the crops.

New Life is working to fight overpopulation by providing 400 people with trainings on family planning, performing educational plays, songs and poems that show the public the “bad effects” of overpopulation and mobilizing people to use family planning.  New Life’s team of 17 girls has created strategic partnerships with nurses from the local health center who helped them provide comprehensive family planning training to local women. 

Hard Workers has pledged to reduce poverty among women and girls by fighting their lack of self-confidence and teaching them marketable skills.  They began by organizing basket-weaving classes that take place under a tree. Women gather in the shade to weave, while hearing these seven girls talk about self-confidence and how to value the skills that they have.

Step Forward is working to reduce domestic violence faced by children, ages 7-20, by conducting trainings among 300 parents to reduce the ignorance of child rights.   They also aim to help children return to school and acquire health insurance.  This small team of nine has taken initial steps towards implementing their vision.  Step Forward facilitated conversations between parents and children at a local municipal office. They discussed children’s rights, how parents can help children achieve a bright future and worked to develop a “culture of conversation” between parents and children. They also gave school materials such as notebooks, pens, school bags and soap to 10 of the most vulnerable children.

Withstand is working solve a lack of day care centers  (preventing children under the age of 7 from playing in the streets and getting into accidents) by training parents and local leaders about the importance of these centers, and to build and register pre-school aged children in those centers.  Recognizing that their vision requires significant funding and local partnership, they approached local leaders who agreed to raise this issue at community meetings and help mobilize the population to build nursery schools. They also led two public discussions about the importance of day care to more than 100 people. 

For those who have supported and/or would like to continue to support these remarkable girls, thank you so much. With financial support the necessary resources are available for the girls to advance the wellbeing of their communities - and to claim the same for themselves, it is through your donations that they can continue their impresive and inspiring grassroots work.  In 2014 we will see how their ventures continue to take shape.

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