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...
Jul 13, 2015

Global Grassroots' Rwanda Water Ventures are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people

The community now has safe local access to water
The community now has safe local access to water

We are excited about the progress our four women-led water ventures in Rwanda have made! First, Trust Each Other installed a 5,000L water tank and their new extension from the municipal pipeline is bringing water to it. Five villages, approximately 1,500 people, are now benefiting - with expanded service to five more villages soon. The team will be using profits from water sales to address gender-based violence and provide school fees for vulnerable children. 

Hold Each Otherhas encountered a delay laying their pipeline, most notably needing to increase the diameter of the pipe to their site because they are more than 300 meters from the water main. The new pipe is still being installed but should be completed in the next 3-4 weeks; the team will then be providing water to more than 1,800 people. 

Hard Workers’ has installed a second large water tank in their village in the southeast section of Kigali. The new tank serves an additional 600 households, approximately 3,500 residents. Twenty households, representing the disabled and/or most vulnerable, receive water for free. To achieve their goal of reducing water-borne illness by 98%, the team is visiting every households to teach the importance of treating water and of proper hygiene. 

Unite is bringing clean water to 300 households (1,600 people). Profits from water sales are already being used towards expanding to serve an additional four villages (5,400 people), teach residents how to purify water, and support the team’s Gender Equality Program. The team teaches local couples the importance of gender equality, including the need to share household responsibilities between the wife and the husband. 

Your gift of just $10 will support more grassroots, women-led teams like these solve – permanently and sustainably– the issue of water and bring about conscious social change in Rwanda. Please support Global Grassroots today. Thank you!

Women walk long distances to unsafe water sources
Women walk long distances to unsafe water sources
Learning in our Academy for Conscious Change
Learning in our Academy for Conscious Change
Jun 25, 2015

Twenty students have learned how to count

Writing for the first time
Writing for the first time

PROGRESSIVE REPORT OF RWANDAN WOMEN LITERACY PROGRAM END OF FIRST TERM 2015 

Dear Sir / Madam,

We are sending a report of the first term which just ended the week of May 19th 2015. The first term started by the end of March 2015 and we plan to commence second term on 13th of July 2015.

Accept our strong thanks for your continued partnership in making Rwandan women literate. As usual the number we have in class is twenty women and their progress is impressing. In fact they can construct short sentences and they can count. They are also able to do some addition as well as subtraction of numbers.

In our previous report we had said about sensitizing women on the importance of literacy and we managed to do this as we have started debating sessions at least once weekly and we have noticed the success as they are able to share ideas and speak in public.

Challenges are as follows

-       As mentioned in our previous report the renovation of the classroom as well as furniture maintenance was not done due to insufficient budget.
-       Although we managed to pay old debts of teacher’s salaries, there is some doubt for the coming months.
-       We still have a problem of a computer and printer which are normally helpful in preparing examinations and reports writing as well as doing various documents.

Our plan for the second term is:

-       To continue teaching reading, writing and simple arithmetic.
-       Maintaining sensitization programs of debates on literacy importance especially to a girl child
-       Organize study tours of various business centers, so that they   can be able to prepare their own small projects.
-       Training women on their rights.

Here are some questions to share

-       Are you seeing domestic violence cases in your country? If so what are the impacts to a woman and girl child?
-       As far as human trafficking is concerned who are affected most men or women?

Dear partners, thanks again for your friendship and we continue to pray for continuity.

From our team “Let us Build Ourselves” we wish you happy moments in your endeavors

Thank you very much,

                                                               Sincerely yours,

                                                                                        Innocent

                    

Another student writing his first sentence
Another student writing his first sentence

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Apr 16, 2015

Students Delve into Community Transformation

Christine at home. Her issue is school dropouts
Christine at home. Her issue is school dropouts

After Global Grassroots training in January, thirteen young women returned home to their communities, spread throughout Uganda, to implement their ventures. Reports back indicate that each of the girls is now on track implementing her project, with the exception of one student who is caring for an ill parent.

Here are three of thirteen student's venture descriptions as a sampling of their work:

Phionah, based in the far west corner of Uganda, in Kisoro, has a mission to eliminate early pregnancies among young girls in her community.  She believes that when young girls are taught to learn respect for themselves and others, as well as how to make responsible choices, they will less likely become pregnant at an early age. Phionah is now working with girls from the ages of 12 to 18 who attend school as well as those who have dropped out of school. She is using the principles found in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, as the basis of the sensitizations (outreach

Based in Masindi, Christine is working on the issue of school dropout. The name of her venture is Arise and Shine Young Generation. She has witnessed many forced early marriages in her village because parents need income from their daughters' dowries. She has watched children drop out of school and engage in unhealthy behaviors like stealing, taking drugs, drinking, and even prostitution. Christine will carry out sensitizations at 3 schools, teaching a total of approximately 100 to 200 students. Christine will also work with parents to help them see the disadvantages of their daughters not finishing their educations.

Monicah, who lives in a small village called Kagadi, not far from the Congolese border, decided to work on a solution that helps discourage early marriages. She believed that candid conversations with young school girls between the ages of 12-18 years will help change minds. She is openly sharing with them the disadvantages of marrying early: domestic violence, abandonment, early pregnancies and health complications, among other things.  She is working on finding girls who have chosen to marry early (before 18) to share their difficulties so that other young girls don't follow in their footsteps.  She also plans to hold dialogues with parents to help them better appreciate the value of educating their daughters. 

In three weeks, all thirteen students will reconvene in Matugga, for Global Grassroots mid-term training which gives them an opportunity to build and deepen their social entrepreneurial and leadership skills as well as their mindfulness and self care practices.

We are grateful to you for reading this update and caring about these courageous young women. For donors who continue supporting these change agents, and for new donors, thank you so much.  We are deeply grateful. 

Monica shares how she will prevent early marriages
Monica shares how she will prevent early marriages
Phinoah
Phinoah's home in Kisoro.

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