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...
Oct 12, 2015

Training the Next Group of RESONATE Trainers

Training the Trainers
Training the Trainers

Over the summer, our Co-founder and CEO attended The Unreasonable Institute to take part in their 5-week intensive global fellowship. During the program we had the opportunity to work on our strategy for growth, and plan for how our program can impact the lives of women and girls.

We are now working to revise and professionalize our curriculum so that it will be easier to pass on to beneficiaries, partner organizations, and new trainers. We have also developed and begun using a graphic curriculum that will either supplement or replace our written curriculum when used in communities with low literacy rates.

We have continued our training in Uganda, and have built a new partnership with Kate Spade’s Corporate Social Responsibility production facility to conduct leadership training with their staff and artisans. Finally, we have taken a critical step toward our ability to scale by selecting and training 8 of our strongest past participants to become Resonate coaches. This will allow them to assist us during workshops and provide additional guidance and support to our beneficiaries. They will be invited to continue in the training process over the next few months to become certified Resonate trainers.

Oct 5, 2015

Twelve Women-Led Teams Complete July Training

Leading our 2015 Training
Leading our 2015 Training

Thank you so much for generously supporting Global Grassroots’ Academy for Conscious Change. We are excited to have convened our current cohort of 12 teams of women (and their supportive male colleagues). These teams all are focusing on bringing clean, safe water to their villages by mid-2016 through our exciting partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). RAIN is helping support these twelve water ventures as part of a 3:1 matching grant so we really need your help as an individual donor to ensure that our teams are able to achieve their goals! 

Our teams began their 12-month leadership training and social venture incubator through our Academy in July. They will work to provide water access to their respective communities, a total of approximately 30,000 people, while simultaneously addressing social issues facing women and girls, such as sexual exploitation associated with water collection or water-borne illnesses. Just as in all of our other Academies, participants learned mindfulness, entrepreneurial skills, accounting and financial accountability, and nonprofit management. Currently teams are completing their business proposals which will include mission and vision statements, a team roster, and a list of stakeholders. 

Ten of the 12 women-led teams will be working with WASAC, the Rwandan municipal water authority, to extend the main water pipeline into their communities. The two remaining teams, both without access to a WASAC pipeline, will each install a pipeline system to run water from local springs directly into their respective villages. The median cost globally for water infrastructure to bring clean water to one person is $250. Global Grassroots’ high-engagement model teaches women how to provide water to their communities, sustainably and permanently, while also improving other dimensions of the lives of local women and girls, for just $6.50 per person. We stand proudly behind our data and believe that our approach of working with grassroots women change leaders may be one of the most efficient water programs globally. Add to that the many significant ripples of impact, particularly for women and girls, and we know our program is special.

Global Grassroots staff has already begun to provide high-engagement support to teams in the field, helping them to fully develop their proposals. Once completed proposals have been approved, teams will collect data for their baseline issue studies, get materials estimates, and develop project budgets. Going operational is close to a year away for all teams but there is a lot to do in the meantime. We look forward to reporting on their progress over the coming months.

This year, your gift – at any level – will help us 'meet our match' from RAIN and will support our teams in bringing safe, clean water to thousands of people. Sustainably. Permanently. Amazing. Thank you so much!

Training exercise during July Academy
Training exercise during July Academy
A few water team leaders at Academy graduation
A few water team leaders at Academy graduation
Oct 5, 2015

13 Graduate from 2015 Young Women's Academy!

Three of our 2015 Young Women
Three of our 2015 Young Women's Academy Graduates

Thank you for your generous support of our 2015 Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change in Uganda. With your help, 13 vulnerable young women have graduated from our program and are now entering university! This is what you have helped to achieve:

Thirteen confident young leaders have done amazing work in their communities, impacting thousands of people through individual ventures of their own choosing and design. Each program engaged a variety of stakeholders, including teachers, church leaders, parents, community leaders, police, and schoolgirls like themselves. Their initiatives included planting hundreds of tomato plants and tangerine seedlings to provide revenue to keep girls in school, working to keep children from living on the streets, and teaching girls about the risks of early pregnancy. In Uganda, our graduates’ work in schools and communities benefited more than 2,800 people over the last six months! And the ripple effects of all of the ventures, such as how many girls complete their education and emerge from a life in poverty or how many children grow up healthy because their mothers learned about nutrition now, will be felt for years to come in

During their final days before graduation, participants presented their venture impact assessments as well as observations and insights about their work and about themselves. Each young woman reported that the process of bringing conscious social change has dramatically increased their confidence levels. They all know now that they are capable of leading their communities to address issues facing women and girls.

At the graduation celebration, our young change agents each received a Certificate of Successful Completion of the Academy along with a scholarship to help pay for their first semester at university. All of us at Global Grassroots are proud of our graduates and we offer our sincere congratulations on a job well done!

We are now gearing up for our 2016 Young Women’s Academy. In November, our team in Uganda will accept applications from young women just graduating from secondary school. Participants will convene in January to learn all of the skills necessary to launch and run their own micro-NGO in their respective villages during the break between high school and the start of university. Individually, these young women will address a variety of social issues in their communities.

We humbly seek your support for our 2016 program so that we may not only continue our work with vulnerable young women but also increase the number of participants in our Academy. Each year the reach of our Young Women's Academy grows, impacting thousands of people, predominately women and girls. What a difference you make in the lives of these change agents and their beneficiaries.Thank you.

2015 participants in a group exercise
2015 participants in a group exercise
Graduation celebration means cake!
Graduation celebration means cake!
 
   

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