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...
Oct 3, 2013

The Path of Peace AntiViolence Club Now On its Own

This Venture has graduated into a self-sustained training module that addresses issues of violence relating to property rights.  Working in the rural community of Mutara District, community stakeholders recently formed an “anti-violence” club, The Path of Peace, which will continue to educate people, including children, about women’s rights.  The club is now sending team members out to people’s homes to help educate them so that entire families including children can learn about equality and rights. In the past 7 months, the group reports that two theater events took place addressing the issue of family violence.  Each theater production drew large audiences of 250 people.

Thank you for your support which has made this work possible.  We look forward to continuing to update you in the coming months. 

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Oct 3, 2013

Training Progresses From Local to District Level

Earlier this summer, APROFER's intensive training program helped 70 trainers train a broader group of 500 or more participants on women’s property rights.  In some cases women move when their husbands die because they lack the knowledge of the laws that educate them on their rights to the property that they have lived on for years. In other cases, property conflicts lead to violence as a way to resolve ownership.  These situations ripple down through families and tear them apart.  This summer, the large attendance of inhabitants from the rural district of Kibuye was so impressive that there has been a movement to take the training program from the village level to the district level in order to reach more people.  To better understand the impact of this work click here.  (http://www.globalgrassroots.org/aprofer.html)

Your generous donation toward this venture allows this much sought after training to expand beyond its current reach. Thank you for your support!

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Oct 3, 2013

Six Children Are Off the Street and In School

Listening intently
Listening intently

It is close to a year since 70 students from a secondary school launched their own ventures to address problems faced by their communities that they were determined to help improve.  In partnership with The Komera Project, Global Grassroots has provided the coaching and mentorship to support these girls in successfully turning their own ideas into worthy, actionable projects which are making concrete improvements in their communities.

One of the ventures launched by the girls, “Brave People” was able to enrolle seven out of ten street children back into school.  The girls worked with the children in a combination of ways to give them hope, help build their self-esteem and help them recognize their rights.  One of the lessons the girls described learning from this process was the importance of training.  They reported that by building in some additional training and support they could succeed in getting the more resistant children to change their minds and attend school.

 Brave People” is just one of six ventures designed by the participants in our innagural Girls Academy. While in school themselves, these change agents head into exams in November and will reconvene in December.  At such time, the girls (whose ventures also include programs working on malnutrition, homeless youth, child abuse and economic empowerment) will conduct impact assessments on the work of their ventures over the past 12 months, develop final financial reports and provide peer mentorship to the next cohort of teens.

We will begin our second annual Girls Academy in Rwanda with 20 new high school girls in November.  We are also initiating our first Girls program in Uganda in January in partnership with Cornerstone Development.  Thank you very much for your generous donation that has enabled the launch of our Girls Academy for Conscious Change.  

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