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...
Mar 15, 2016

Let Us Build Ourselves ends their literacy work

After more than five years of sustained work with illiterate women, Innocent Baguma and the Let Us Build Ourselves team have concluded their venture in Rwanda. As you may have realized during this time, Innocent was a marvelous team leader and everyone on the team has been deeply committed to teaching women in their community how to read, write, and do basic arithmetic. These skills are essential for anyone to operate in life. For those who do not possess this skill, they must rely on others to read any mail they receive. Those who cannot read or write do not have the privilege of casting their vote in private and they must believe what someone tells them about a contract they are signing. Even signing a contract was nearly impossible as most of them could only mark an X, never knowing how to write their own names on a piece of paper; something much of the world does without even thinking about it. Those who cannot add or subtract or know what any number represents are susceptible to fraud and being taken advantage of even when simply buying eggs or milk. Being literate opens up the world - and Let Us Build Ourselves helped open up the world to many, many women over the years. We are incredibly proud of Innocent and his team and the women who have graduated from their literacy classes.

Not surprisingly, Innocent has become such a wonderful leader in his community that he has moved into a greater leadership role in politics and no longer has the many hours needed to not only lead the team and continue teaching but to also do the continual fund raising necessary to meet the venture's operating expenses. Over the last year, it has become increasingly difficult to raise enough money to pay the teachers, buy educational materials for the students, and pay the rent for the classroom. Unfortunately, no one else on the LUBO team has the time available to take on this leadership role as the majority of the team have families to care for, subsistence farms to tend, and other jobs to go to each day. Therefore it is with great sadness that LUBO has concluded their literacy work.

Donations to Let Us Build Ourselves in the last two months will be redirected to one of our literacy projects in Uganda, Women Are The Pillars Of The Home (Mon Aye Gang), funded in part through our Global Giving project: Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change. We invite you to click on the link below and learn about our work with vulnerable, marginalized women in Uganda through our Academy for Conscious Change.

On behalf of Innocent Baguma and the rest of the Let Us Build Ourselves team, we offer our deepest gratitude for your steadfast belief in our work and your generous financial support that enabled the team to change the lives of so many vulnerable women. Because of you they are now much less vulnerable. Thank you.

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Jan 15, 2016

2016 Young Women's Academy underway in Uganda!

Monica, from 2015 Class, feels powerful now!
Monica, from 2015 Class, feels powerful now!

Global Grassroots’ Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change in Uganda provides recent secondary school graduates with an alternative to the detours many young women face during the nine-month gap between high school and university. Too often these promising young women are forced by their parents to find employment or to help with household chores, or they become the target of male predators, are forced to marry young or they become pregnant. In all of these cases, the new graduate’s hopes to attend university and for a future lived out of poverty are all but lost. Our Young Women’s Academy helps vulnerable young women become leaders in their communities. They learn how to design and launch a social venture that addresses an issue facing girls and young women like themselves. They learn to advocate for themselves and their beneficiaries. They learn how to interview stakeholders and write a needs assessment. And they learn that they are leaders who can positively impact their communities.

We are so excited to have just welcomed newest cohort of young women to our 2016 Academy in Uganda! This 40-hour program began on 08 January and includes mindfulness training to help each participant heal from trauma and gain greater compassion for others and herself. Each is acquiring project development skills, is using role play and story-telling to prepare for meetings with community stakeholders, and is completing her baseline personal impact assessments.

By 20 January, each young woman will develop a social change venture that will address an issue facing girls and young women in their communities. And each young woman will spend the next eight months bringing that social change to fruition. After participating in Global Grassroots’ Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change, not only will each young woman preserve her educational path, advance her economic potential, learn a set of skills for making a difference, and have the confidence-boosting experience of going through the process of starting something from scratch in her own community, but she will also successfully have an impact through her own ideas. There is nothing more powerful than to experience that your ideas have value and can make a difference.

Our 2015 cohort of 13 young women impacted more than 2,800 people in their communities, most of whom are women and girls. Please help us make 2016 equally successful and demonstrate to these vulnerable young women that you believe in them - and their ideas for social change - as much as we do. Thank you so much for supporting Global Grassroots’ Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change!

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Dec 29, 2015

Happy New Year from Let Us Build Ourselves!

Women in this year
Women in this year's class

We end 2015 and begin 2016 with the same message: Thank you all so much for your generous support of Let Us Build Ourselves! With your help, and a one-time gift from a sponsor, Innocent and his team will continue to offer literacy class to the 20 women who have been enrolled this past year. We expect to be able to cover expenses for this next quarter.

Each year Let Us Build Ourselves (LUBO) has welcomed 20 students (mostly women) into the classroom and taught them how to read, to write, and to do basic math. In addition, the team has used the classroom to also teach women some foundational business skills so they might manage their households and/or run a small income-generating project. And as these women have acquired this important knowledge, they have also learned about their legal – and their human – rights. And as we all know, knowledge is indeed power.

The women who have been through the LUBO course have gained confidence, knowing that:

  • they are able to learn new things and put them to use;
  • they are able to provide better for their families;
  • they understand better than most the importance of education;
  • they know their rights, both in their communities and within the walls of their homes.

Innocent, the Let Us Build Ourselves team, the capable women they are teaching now, and the women who hope to learn still need your support. Please make your gift now and please ask others to do the same. It takes relatively little to change a marginalized woman's life - for good.

All of us at Global Grassroots wish you a new year filled with love, joy, health, and happiness. Thank you so very much!

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