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 2, 2015

Let Us Build Ourselves Needs YOU!

Let Us Build Ourselves students
Let Us Build Ourselves students

Hello!

Thank you so much for your loyal and generous support of Let Us Build Ourselves! While “We couldn’t do it without you” is always a thoughtful sentiment to express to donors, in this case it couldn’t be more true. That’s why this is a difficult report to write. As you know, our wonderful group of dedicated folks has been working very hard to teach their neighbors and community members how to read, write, and do basic math and, along with all of that, they are helping to instill pride, confidence, and dignity where there often is none. Being illiterate is a heavy burden and the Let Us Build Ourselves team’s mission has been to try to lighten that load.

The last several months have been a challenging time for our team. The demand for their help remains high and they try not to turn anyone away who wants to learn. The group gets some of their revenue from generous supporters such as you as well as from a traditional dance troupe they put together. This talented troupe is comprised of children of some of the women we tutor along with other children in the village. It also includes street children in the community. These children also receive tutoring from the team and benefit from the healthy, positive environment. They learn self-discipline and how to work as part of a team and they gain confidence and self-esteem, all attributes that will help them leave  behind life on the streets.

The dance troupe is often hired to perform at weddings and other festive events and celebrations. Unfortunately this endeavor has not been as lucrative over the long haul as the Let Us Build Ourselves team had anticipated. As a result, meeting monthly expenses has been very hard for Innocent and his team. They have had difficulty meeting payroll and several of the teachers have gone without pay, just so their students can continue to learn. In June, Innocent reported here that they had caught up with payroll – to that point - but they were still short to meet other expenses. Since June, they have continued to struggle financially. This has been demoralizing for them all and several team members have had to find other work. Sadly, the Let Us Build Ourselves team feels they may have to close the door on their venture.

The team’s annual budget is $5,000. This year, revenue from all sources, including your generous donations and the dance troupe, totals just $770, a tremendous shortfall that the team has done their best to work around. We are hoping to find one (or several) donors who would be willing to sponsor the team, making a commitment to support the team from year-to-year. In the meantime, we would be incredibly grateful if donations could at least help Innocent and the team cover the shortfall to date: $2,982. This would catch them up on payroll for the past three months and cover outstanding expenses such as rent, class materials, etc. Any contributions at this point will help and will be gratefully accepted but we must ask: is there a donor out there who would be willing to make a larger gift to help Innocent and the Let Us Build Ourselves team continue to do their admirable and important work?

Again, our heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude go out to everyone who has supported this project. Without you, hundreds of people, mostly women, would not have the ability to even sign their name to a piece of paper. Thank you.

Jul 13, 2015

Team Growth and Program Expansion

Resonate Team
Resonate Team

This summer has been a summer of growth and expansion for the Resonate team. We have had the pleasure of welcoming three summer interns to help with our monitoring and evaluation and communications strategies, and we have hired a full time Operations Manager to streamline and run our organizational systems and processes. As a result, we have had the capacity to develop new curriculum and even expand to another country!

We partnered with Global Grassroots to deliver our core Storytelling for Leadership training to a group of young social entrepreneurs in Rwanda, and also to a group in Uganda – our first ever workshop in Uganda. These young women are learning to run their own social ventures, and so knowing how to present themselves and their work to their communities will play an integral role in their success.

We also partnered with The Imbuto Foundation to deliver training to 60 leaders of Rwandan organizations focused on youth development and empowerment. Each of these groups is an ally in our work to inspire young leaders to become change makers, and we hope that this first connection will spark many more opportunities to support Rwanda’s youth.

Solange trains youth leaders
Solange trains youth leaders
Jul 13, 2015

Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change Supports Social Change Ventures by Young Change Agents

Enjoying an outdoor session at midterm training
Enjoying an outdoor session at midterm training

Thirteen secondary school graduates were accepted into the 2015 Ugandan Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change training in January; each then successfully launched social change ventures in their home communities. While they each are focusing on social issues that primarily impact women and girls, ultimately, their ventures address matters that negatively affect their communities as a whole. During the first week of May, all of our youngest change agents reconvened for our one-week mid-term sessions. During these training sessions, participants learned more skills, including how to develop an impact assessment and prepare a comprehensive final financial report. While together, these young leaders discussed the various challenges and successes they have experienced and they shared the joys and frustrations felt while implementing their individual ventures. All are now back in their home communities, finishing up the work of their ventures while also looking forward to graduating from our program in early August and heading off to university in September, each with a $500 scholarship from Global Grassroots. It’s an exciting time for them – and for us! 

Seven initiatives are working to reduce the school drop-out rate among girls. Each young woman is working with a variety of stakeholders in her community, sensitizing them all to the importance of girls – and all children – to complete their education. One venture is working to educate parents and girls in her community about the negative consequences of early marriage, including inviting girls who have married before the age of 18 to talk about their experiences, especially the difficulties they’ve encountered. Four ventures are focusing on preventing teen pregnancy - two by providing sex education to help girls make informed choices - and all are teaching the effects and consequences of early pregnancy. 

Lillian learned that the majority of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 in her community are getting pregnant, primarily because most are lacking any form of sex education. With guidance from a local nurse and the head teachers at four different schools, Lillian meets with students to teach them basic sex education. She feels gratified when the students ask good questions and understand what she is telling them. Lillian’s goal during the last two months of her program is to help local parents understand the importance of teaching their children about sex and of encouraging their children to go to – and stay in – school. 

Your support of Global Grassroots’ Young Women’s Academy for Conscious Change helps us provide training and seed funding, high-engagement support and one-year university scholarships to vulnerable yet motivated young women who wish to bring about social change in Uganda. Thank you.

 

2015 Uganda Class and Global Grassroots Staff
2015 Uganda Class and Global Grassroots Staff
Group Discussion During 2015 Midterm Sessions
Group Discussion During 2015 Midterm Sessions
Our Girls Get Lots of Support Initiating Ventures
Our Girls Get Lots of Support Initiating Ventures
Irene
Irene's Self-Portrait: A Bridge for Her Community
 
   

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