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

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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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
 
   

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