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 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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Dec 29, 2015

Now the real work begins!

Girls often miss school retrieving water
Girls often miss school retrieving water

Hello! All of us at Global Grassroots hope that you have been enjoying this holiday season. And, as always, we want to thank you for your support of our Women’s Academy for Conscious Change.

Since our last report, so much has happened! Since then, we have received and approved completed water venture proposals from nearly all of the twelve teams who completed our formal training in July. Currently, the teams are waiting for estimated costs from WASAC, the municipal water company. WASAC officials have completed site visits to all of the individual team locations to assess the cost of each venture and they will provide the estimated budgets to our Rwanda office in the coming weeks. In the meantime, each team is completing their issues studies, processing their sector registrations, and opening bank accounts through which they not only will receive their start-up funds and subsequent tranches from Global Grassroots, they will be able to pay contractors and others when construction begins. Our local staff visits teams weekly during the venture development process.

One team, named Vision, is focusing on unemployment and lack of skills as they relate to water. The team is from a village called Nkusi, about an hour and half’s drive from Kigali by way of a long, winding road to the top of a mountain. A couple of the team’s leaders are men and they believe that their mission is to convince other men in the community how critical the social issues facing women are. The team, as a whole, is very ambitious and organized and we are delighted by their commitment and their efforts.

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has provided Global Grassroots with partial funding for this ambitious undertaking; we need to raise the rest. When completed, the cost per ultimate beneficiary receiving clean water and other gender-based violence services will equate to less than $6 once all teams are operating - and 30,000 people will have access to clean water right in the heart of their villages. That's all: just $6 per person for permanent, sustainable access to clean water.

As we start off a new year filled with hope and possibilities, will you help us make clean, safe water not just a possibility but a reality for thousands of people – mostly women and children? Thank you so much for your support!

From all of us at Global Grassroots, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2016!

 
   

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