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...
Apr 13, 2016

Helping Street Children Find Their Way

Every year we are impressed with the young women who participate in our Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change - and this year is no different. Our young women in Uganda are proving that they are forces to be reckoned with. Just two weeks ago, they reconvened for their mid-term sessions where they shared with one another and with Global Grassroots’ staff the challenges they have faced implementing their ventures and the successes they have experienced in that same process. Naggayi, from the village of Kibuli in Kampala shared her insights about the beneficiaries of her venture: street children.

Naggayi is seeking to reduce the number of street children in Kampala, particularly those who are from the refugee camps in the area. She believes that many children there are just not able to have their basic needs met, especially those with no family to care for them. They then think that they will be able to support themselves through begging on the streets of the city, which Naggayi knows only puts them at great risk.

Naggayi’s goal is teach the children skills to help them support themselves and for the children she teaches to then teach others. She is also sharing with them the inherent dangers of street life so they realize that turning to the street is not a solution to any problem they may have.

This young change agent said that the community doesn't have time for street children because "they tend to think of them as crime creaters, drug abusers, etc. The interesting thing is that [these street children] are cooperative and ready to give to those who need them. And they are hard-working."

Naggayi said that she believs that it is how you approach people often determines how they in turn respond to you.

Well said, Naggayi; we couldn't agree more!

Mar 23, 2016

Putting an end to Domestic Violence in one Uganda community

Christine: no longer a victim of domestic violence
Christine: no longer a victim of domestic violence

Your support helps chang ethe lives of vulnerable women in Uganda. Through Global Grassroots' Academy for Conscious Change, teams of women get the training, skills, resources, and support they need to start their own social change programs in their villages - programs that work to end illiteracy, poverty, HIV, and child malnutrition.

Your gifts also support the domestic violence program that has changed Christine's life:

Christine is a subsistence farmer in Gulu, northern Uganda. She has five children and no education – and a husband who beat her frequently, especially when he came home at night drunk. To buy alcohol, he would sell – without Christine’s knowledge – food they had grown and harvested together.

“If I asked about the money from the sales, violence would erupt. It’s like I was farming to buy my own punishment,” Christine explained.

Enter Aketo Koma.

A Global Grassroots women-led venture in Uganda, the Aketo Koma team consists of women in Christine’s village. After completing our Academy for Conscious Change, the team launched their domestic violence program. They held workshops on domestic violence and women's rights that Christine attended; she would share with her husband everything she was learning in the classes.

According to Christine, things with her husband slowly began to improve; the more she learned about her rights and talked about them at home, the less frequently he beat her:

“Nowadays if there is any problem, or if there is need to sell an item, we decide together, and his excessive alcoholism has also stopped. I am now happily living in a violence-free home where we plan and decide together and deal with our problems in a rightful manner.”

Aketo Koma continues to offer training to many of the women in the community and Christine has seen a shift in her own neighborhood.

“As this group continues to sensitize many families, I have seen great calm.”

 Thank you for supporting the work of vulnerable women - and for making life safer and more peaceful for women such as Christine!

Mar 22, 2016

The Business of Belief

Participants discuss community problems in Kayonza
Participants discuss community problems in Kayonza

Resonate is at a great stage of growth and well equipped to reach out to many girls and women. We have set an ambitious goal of serving 10,000 women over the next three years and this first term has provided us with the confidence to look at it as an achievable goal. Resonate’s product is well defined and we are clear on the value that our work is contributing to our partners and beneficiaries

During this first quarter we completed revision of our curriculum. Resonate team has been working with an independent consultant to standardize our curriculum and improve the content. This is one of the biggest achievements and we believe that it is going to play a big role in accelerating our impact. Our next focus is looking for opportunities to work with organizations that may integrate our curriculum into their existing program to ensure the sustainability and impact for more women around East Africa.

We have managed to revise our monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system and are piloting new survey questions that will help us more accurately measure our impact and as we roll out this new M&E system we expect to improve our communication regarding our impact.

 We are still at the beginning of a year and look forward to success. We have initiated a search to hire a trainer who will complement our effort in achieving our goals. Given our current outreach push and anticipated spike in training requests as a result, we believe that it is the right moment to expand the team and hope to get the best fit for the organization.

 

Impact Story:

Godeberte is a graduate from Cornerstone Development high school. Last year, she went through our Storytelling training with 20 of her classmates. At the end of a two-day workshop, they set and wrote down their leadership goals. Recently, when we did our follow up with them, Godeberte was excited to share with us the progress she has made towards her goals.

“Your training helped me to not only believe in myself but also to set a goal,” says Godeberte. Her main goal was to be able to earn income that can help her to continue her studies without depending on anyone’s support. Together with her sister, they managed to open a small shop in Musanze, the income of which is helping support her as she starts her University in August. Godeberte also gives a tutoring class to 40 students in Math and Chemistry. “I also wanted to help my fellow sisters and brothers in my community, especially helping them to love and perform well in science. I value education and feel proud to help these students to perform well in their studies, she says.”

 

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