LET US BUILD OURSELVES: KANOMBE UPDATE
To date, Let Us Build Ourselves: Kanombe has provided clean water to 200 families, directly serving between 1200 and 2000 people; of those, 13 vulnerable families are receiving water free of charge. This team has also trained 90 community members about women’s rights.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE
Our 300 graduates in Rwanda are directly serving over 15,000 women and girls each year. Global Grassroots is making innovative efforts to meet the growing demand for our programs and has created exciting new partnerships to catalyze conscious social change around the globe:
Beginning in their own communities, Global Grassroots’ change agents are working building a culture that values, supports and empowers girls and women worldwide. Please support our continued work with vulnerable women change agents. Donate today: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/conscious-social-change/
Global Grassroots is thrilled to announce the launch of three new, sustainable social ventures in Rwanda, designed by and for grassroots women...
Kind People: Providing Training to Promote Legal Marriage and Protect Women's Property Rights With the generous sponsorship of Maura Shaughnessy and family, Global Grassroots officially launched social venture “Kind People” in the Ruhango District of southern Rwanda. Kind People will train 400 men and women about the laws protecting the family and the mutual benefits of legal marriage and build local advocacy clubs in 9 communities. By promoting women's rights to property through legal marriage, they will advance equality and reduce oppression in relationships. Kind People will also invest in a motorcycle taxi, which will help women report incidents of violence, provide transportation for follow-up with victims, and earn revenue as a public taxi. They hope to become the 'go-to' network for victims of domestic violence, serving a geographical area with an estimated population of 12,000 couples. Learn more: http://www.globalgrassroots.org/kind_people.html
Education for Young Girls: Preventing Harassment of and Drop-out Rates Among Girls During Menstruation by Building Safe Latrines at School With the generous sponsorship of The Segal Family Foundation and support from MyVillage2Urs, Education for Young Girls has launched. At Cyarwa high school, female students frequently drop out because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable using the restroom at school. There is only one set of latrines that are shared by all students and teachers, and boys watch the girls while they used the restroom; not even teachers are spared from this harassment. Education for Young Girls will build separate latrines for females and males so that boys cannot harass female students or teachers. They also plan to educate their community about reproductive health, reaching 2000 students, 1000 parents and 600 community members to end harassment and keep girls in school. Learn more: http://www.globalgrassroots.org/education_girls.html
People of Love: Providing Accessible, Clean Water to Eliminate the Abuse of WomenWith the generous sponsorship of Project High Hopes, People of Love has begun their operations. This team works in the rural area of Kamonyi, where a severe scarcity of water causes and triggers gender violence, domestic conflict, and other social issues affecting women. People of Love will reduce violence related to lack of water by installing a clean water point, visiting couples in their homes and educating those who come to use the water point about domestic violence laws and consequences, gender equality. They will also train families on the use of kitchen gardens to fight malnutrition and the importance of men sharing domestic responsibilities. The team aims to reduce domestic violence in Kamonyi, keep more children in school, increase female participation in community affairs, and build stronger and more gender-equal families. Learn more: http://www.globalgrassroots.org/people_love.html
Global Grassroots is also working to expand our programming and deepen our impact, through new offerings and partnerships:
Global Grassroots Receives Support for Expansion into Northern UgandaWe are delighted to announce that, through a generous grant from the Imago Dei Fund and with ongoing support from the NoVo Foundation, Global Grassroots will be replicating our Academy for Conscious Change in Northern Uganda this year! We are thrilled to partner with the Imago Dei Fund and the NoVo Foundation in this critical step toward advancing our work for vulnerable women change agents in post-conflict environments.
eAcademy Pilot Begins with a Site Visit in GuatemalaLast week, Global Grassroots initiated the pilot of our new eAcademy - an innovative, interactive, elearning program offering our social entrepreneurship and conscious change training online. In partnership with a team of MBA students from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, we conducted a feasibility study with women’s groups in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala to understand how best to target grassroots groups worldwide. In mid-March, we will pilot the platform with approximately 15 groups in 4 continents, and anticipate our public launch this summer or fall, serving grassroots social ventures in 45 countries worldwide!GG Founder & President Gretchen Wallace Teaching at Omega NYCGlobal Grassroots Founder & President Gretchen Wallace will be facilitating a Women & Happiness workshop at the Omega Institute’s “Omega NYC” retreat, April 20th-22nd. In an interactive session, Gretchen will teach participants how to discover their unique, authentic power and use it to help others. Come away ready to make a difference! To sign up or learn more, go to http://www.eomega.org/omega/nyc/
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The Let Us Build Ourselves: Kanombe team is currently selling clean water to 100 households. They also provide free water to 6 vulnerable families every day, and health insurance to 5 community members who would not otherwise be able to afford it.
Global Grassroots is proud to present our interactive annual magazine, Portraits of Transformation, available online at www.globalgrassroots.org/annualmagazine
Meet the individuals, families, and communities that drive our work.
Explore stories of personal growth and social change, told through photography, writing, and video.
Discover inspiration in their reflections, challenges, and triumphs.
...Please join us in celebrating our impact in 2011, and looking ahead to new growth and continued transformation in 2012.
Global Grassroots works to support women change agents among survivors of war and disaster. Under-served, undereducated, and overburdened, these women would otherwise lack the resources to promote systemic change. But they have profound wisdom about their communities and innovative ideas for social change. Their resilience, courage, and creativity are transforming the world, one community at a time.
These are their stories…
"The [Global Grassroots] training has taught me to think big... Now, I can go somewhere and knock and ask for a grant or anything. Apart from that, in my own community, I have become a conflict resolver. If in the neighborhood there is a conflict, women come to me – they trust me. I go with them to solve those conflicts. It helps me to change the quality of life in my community.”
- Jeanette Muteteri, treasurer of Have a Good Life
“Now I feel like I can move... I can join the other people...I have come to understand my own value. I know that I can participate in the team. I can help them; I can give my ideas.”
- Christine Nyirandeya, team advisor of People of Love
After many months of effort, Let Us Build Ourselves - Kanombe team received permission from Rwanda’s Electricity, Water and Sanitation Agency (EWASA) to begin operations. They have built their water hut, and have started providing water to the local population. Thanks to LUBO-Kanombe’s water tank, people in the area have consistent access to clean water, even when EWASA is experiencing water shortages. The team sells 20-liter cans of water for 20 FRW (3 cents) normally, and offers them for 50 FRW (8 cents) when the EWASA pipes are not working.
Release of Global Grassroots’ 2011 Impact Assessment:
Over the course of ten weeks, Julia Oakley, a dual Masters student from Columbia University conducted an independent impact assessment of our Academy for Conscious Change in Rwanda. The following is an excerpt. Download our full Impact Assessment here.
The social impact of Global Grassroots via its trained and funded ventures is approximately 32,500 Rwandans... Most teams are able to measure their social impact in some form, and all operating Global Grassroots ventures have visible signs of positive impact on their communities. Some, like Let Us Build Ourselves and Construct the Family, work intensively with their target populations; others, such as Light In Our Home, have more of an indirect but possibly widespread social impact….Global Grassroots should support teams to maximize their potential social impact on one hand, but continue to prioritize self-initiated growth and idea generation on the other. Global Grassroots' strategy of participatory development in fostering the creativity and levering the inner knowledge of local persons is its strongest asset and its key to sustainable social impact.
On vocational skills and health/women's rights training for vulnerable populations:
“I know how to claim my rights and how to help other women to claim their rights, too. This helps me be safe and independent.” -Beneficiary of Construct the Family
On girls’ sanitation and reproductive health:
"Now I am able to discuss with my children reproductive health and change of life, and tell them this is normal. I encourage them to share this with me. Before, I was ashamed to talk about it, but now I no longer have that shame and I can advise them about the consequences of their actions. This project has helped me to know my responsibilities as a parent and as a neighbor. We need to support girls and promote a bright future for them." -Beneficiary of Think About The Young Girls
Global Grassroots Hosts Training for New Conscious Change Practitioners
This fall, Global Grassroots hosted seven women representing three countries (America, Rwanda, and Haiti) to participate in the first training of trainers in our curriculum, methodology, philosophy and trauma-healing skills for the Academy for Conscious Change. Over the course of two weeks, participants learned how to work with traumatized populations, how to use mind-body skills to reset the nervous system and address post-traumatic stress, how to use participatory development methods to catalyze locally-led solutions in a developing country among a foreign culture, how to use their own understanding of personal transformation to support conscious leadership in others, and how to develop a sustainable non-profit from scratch.
Having completed the curriculum training, these new Conscious Change Practitioners will next conduct a pilot volunteer training with a partner organization in the US, and participate in a year-long correspondence course in personal transformation for change agents. Once certified, Global Grassroots Practitioners will take a leadership role in expanding our programs in new countries with interested partner organizations. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about how to bring Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change to your community.
Global Grassroots Founder & President featured in Huffington Post:
Gretchen Wallace Empowers Women In Rwanda And Other Post-Conflict Societies
Our work has only been possible with your support, and we extend our deepest gratitude. We know that women have the potential to lead conscious social change, but many lack the resources and training to advance their own ideas. We need engaged investors to help us continue to support women’s initiatives for social change. Please consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.
Let Us Build Ourselves - Kanombe has completed construction of their water venture, which is designed to serve 100 families with clean water to fight the underlying causes of violence and sexual exploitation of women while collecting water. The venture is expecting to have the final hookup to the local municipal water pipeline next week and will begin selling water. The team also conducted an issue study in their local community to establish a baseline against which they will work to improve the lives of women. They discovered some shocking findings, including:
Once the venture is operational, when women come to collect water, the program will offer trainings on the importance of clean water and how to end violence against women. The training course will teach how women are important to community and family development, will highlight how women in high positions have made valuable contributions to society, and will share ways that men and women can respect one another.
We are excited to share, Global Grassroots has begun the development of a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change, which will allow women’s groups in developing countries globally to access our social entrepreneurship curriculum online. To date, we have received emails from over 160 women’s groups from 45 different countries requesting our programs. We will be choosing a pilot group of women's organizations from four continents to participate in the beta version of the elearning program. Our online academy will be accessible for free, providing an interactive program that will support the development of grassroots-level social entrepreneurship projects. We anticipate the development of the site will be complete in late autumn for piloting, with a public launch in early 2012.
Next week Global Grassroots will launch its new Conscious Social Change certification program, with seven women from three countries. Once certified, this corps of trainees will be able to deploy globally to offer our core program upon request to partner organizations. Global Grassroots is eager to collaborate through partnership to support women change agents in new communities.
This progress has only been possible with your support and we extend our deepest gratitude. As we expand, Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to help us make these exciting possibilities a reality. We know that women have the potential to lead conscious social change, but many lack the resources and training to advance their own ideas. Please consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.
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