KANOMBE WATER PROJECT BEGINS CONSTRUCTION
Global Grassroots is thrilled to inform you that with your generous support and additional sponsorship funding from the PECO Foundation, Let Us Build Ourselves - Kanombe has been fully funded and has begun their launch.
As you know, this project will fight the issue of violence against women related to women’s access to water. Women living in mountainous areas where there is limited water access have to travel long distances to collect water. Not only do they experience the risk of violence at these remote water collection points (such as valley streams), but when women are late returning home from collecting water and cannot prepare meals on time, domestic violence often occurs. The project will install a public water access point and offering trainings to men and women about women’s rights. Over its first year, the water project will benefit 100 families and the training will reach 30 couples.
After a land ownership agreement between the team and a local association (that is also the umbrella association for Have a Good Life water project and Let Us Build Ourselves literacy project), the Kanombe team was able to legally purchase the land for the water access point and break ground in its construction. We look forward to keeping you updated during the construction process and to inform you when Kanombe begins distributing water. Thank you so much for your support in making this possible!
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS YEAR-END UPDATE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011
2010 has been a turning point for Global Grassroots. We have endured hardship with the economic downturn, but are emerging leaner, more creative and more strategic. We’ve evaluated our social impact, repositioned our training program as the Academy for Conscious Change and integrated new mind-body practices for trauma healing. We’ve brought these holistic practices to earthquake survivors in Haiti and, by request, to American relief workers serving in disaster zones. We’ve doubled the number of civil society organizations our Academy has helped launch in Rwanda, and are investing in technology and partnerships to expand our reach. Today, our 300 Rwandan change agents have established 16 non-profit organizations, which are working at the root level of a social issue facing women and girls, benefiting an estimated 10,000+ people each year.
As we move forward into 2011, we have over 100 women’s groups in 40 countries requesting our programs. In response, we are expanding our hands-on approach into Northern Uganda next and embarking upon a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change to reach women worldwide through local internet cafes. We are developing new courses, based on our core curriculum, for a range of new audiences, including students, donors and practitioners. And we are preparing to package and license our program model for partner organizations to implement in regions we have yet to explore.
Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to join with us and our change agents in a three-part-partnership to actualize the possibilities in front of us. We invite you to read more about our progress in our 2010 Year-End Magazine (available for download on our home page: www.globalgrassroots.org) and consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports conscious social change for women in post-conflict societies. Our Academy for Conscious Change is a 12-18 month social venture incubator, offering non-profit management skills, leadership training, personal transformation practices, seed grants and high-engagement support that enables vulnerable women change agents to launch their own grassroots solutions benefiting women and girls. JOIN US.