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 plu...
Jan 6, 2017

Global Grassroots' Young Women's Academy Expands to Include South Sudan and Kenya!

Janet K of our 2016 Young Women
Janet K of our 2016 Young Women's Academy

Participants in our 2016 Young Women’s Academy had a phenomenal impact on their communities: more than 5,200 people benefited from the work of 25 young change agents –2,000 more beneficiaries than our impressive 2015 cohort! One of the young women who graduated from our program addressed early marriage by school drop-outs.

Janet K. learned that many girls have difficulty paying for school supplies and often will get involved with men who they believe will help support their education. Instead, they often find themselves pregnant and married. So Janet organized workshops about the importance of education for 20 parents, 20 girls still in school, and 10 girls who had dropped out. Impressed by the work she was doing, a local church leader and a district officer asked Janet to identify girls who they could continue to work with to help get back into school.
Janet has just completed her first semester in university and has continued to stay in touch with the girls who were in her program at home.

On 11 January 2017, Global Grassroots is launching our new regional Young Women’s Academy in Gulu, northern Uganda. We are excited to be expanding our program to include young women from Kenya and South Sudan, in addition to those from Uganda and Rwanda, creating a wide network of strong, capable, confident, young women leaders throughout East Africa and beyond who are passionate about social change.

Your support is so important to the success and growth of our Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change and we feel a tremendous debt of gratitude for your partnership with the courageous young women with whom we work. Your generosity enables them to demonstrate to their communities and to themselves that their ideas have value. That their solutions have value. That they have value. Thank you.

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Dec 13, 2016

One young wife and mother has new hope

Katy with her four children
Katy with her four children

Katy is a 26-year-old hard working wife and mother of four young children who is also caring for two other children. She supports her family by selling beans she grows on their land. But Katy suffered alot as she worked alone to plant, grow, and harvest the crop; her husband wouldn't help her with the garden, household tasks, or raising their children. He spent most of his time away from the house while also demanding that she turn over income from the sale of their beans so he could drink. If Katy refused, he would beat her. Katy was always afraid: afraid that he would take away what little money they had and afraid that he would beat her if she tried to keep any of it for her children.

Unity is Strength, a Global Grassroots' trained women-led team, stepped in to help Katy. They met with Katy and her husband regularly and sensitized them about sharing household and parenting responsibilities and taught them both about women's rights. Katy's husband began to understand his role as a husband and father and he began working with Katy in their garden and around the house. He also has learned the impact his abuse had on her. He no longer beats his wife.

Katy said, “I am grateful for the support I have received from this group because I am now a happy woman free from exploitation. Because of that, we harvested nine sacks of beans this year, which we will sell to raise school fees and also buy an ox-plough to increase our income level."

Katy's life - and the lives of her children - are changing because Unity is Strength was there to help. Her marriage is stronger, her children have an involved father, and their standard of living is improving.

Global Grassroots' Women's Academy for Conscious Change provides teams of vulnerable women, such as Unity is Strength, with the training, resources, and support they need to create social change ventures that benefit women and girls in their villages.

Please consider becoming a Global Grassroots' monthly donor. Just $5 or $10 a month is enough to transform the lives of vulnerable women and girls permanently and sustainably. Thank you!

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Oct 7, 2016

Expanding our impact on the lives of young women

Our young women in Uganda during training
Our young women in Uganda during training

The young women who apply to our Young Women’s Academy are all vulnerable yet motivated students who want to do well. Despite many hardships and challenges, they worked hard throughout secondary school, deeply appreciating the opportunity to go to school when so many like them cannot. So far, all of our program graduates have gone on to university and all are succeeding there, in many cases because of the skills and confidence they acquired through their time working with us and on behalf of their communities.

Our twelve 2016 Uganda program graduates did a phenomenal job creating and implementing social change ventures in their villages. They worked on issues that matter to them, including girls’ education and women’s employment, early marriage and teen pregnancy, street children and child nutrition. Altogether, our newest change agents impacted more than 4,000 people, mostly women and girls, as well as parents, school teachers and administrators, local government officials, clergy, health workers, even local businesses. They taught sexual health and family planning to youth and how to plant gardens and prepare healthy food to young mothers. They advocated for girls who had dropped out of school, helping them to return to the classroom. And they learned a lot about themselves: that their ideas have value and can be implemented; that they have the tools and capabilities to make change; that they are confident and competent; how to create and follow a budget, and how to measure both community needs and project impact. Now these young women are attending university and many of their communities are continuing the work that they started.

In 2017, we are expanding our Young Women’s Academy into a regional program. We will encourage applications from young women graduating from high school in Uganda and Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya – as well as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those accepted into our program will convene in Gulu, in northern Uganda, in January for their initial training before returning to their villages in their home countries to implement their social change ventures. By welcoming young women from throughout the region rather than from a fairly centralized area, we can help change the lives of even more young women and girls in countries impacted by conflict, war, and deep poverty.

We hope you will partner with us as we provide vulnerable young women with the training, skills, resources, and support they need to effect important social change in their communities. These young women may just be the next leaders for Africa. Join us - and them - and be part of the transformation! Thank you so much!

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