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...
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!

Dec 29, 2015

Lots to Celebrate!

Here at Resonate we have had a great few months to wrap up an incredible year. We are proud of what we have accomplished, and even more excited for what we have upcoming in 2016. We are so grateful for the support and hard work of all those involved in our successes and want to take a moment to reflect and celebrate.

To date, Resonate has trained:

  • 900+ in Storytelling for Leadership
  • 200+ in Professional Development
  • 45 Resonate Trainers 

We have seen an increase among those that we’ve trained in self-confidence, comfort speaking publicly, and willingness to take on a leadership role in a team, group, or project. The best gifts that we got this year were stories: an sms message from a past participant letting us know she’d confidently passed an interview process and gotten a job; a visit with two women from our program who ran for (and won!) elected seats on their village council; a new Resonate Certified Trainer who told us that she feels like her work with Resonate is in fact an extension of her life mission

These stories and many others help sum up why we do this work. We truly believe that self-confident women leaders are the voice and the engine of the future, and we are grateful to you for your role in helping to fuel progress. We’ve made a video about our work that we think captures the strength of East Africa’s women, the story behind our work, and the spirit that we work to cultivate in all those we serve. We hope you will take a few minutes to watch it at resonateworkshops.org

Thank you for helping us support women leading change.

Happy Holidays!

- Resonate Team

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