As you know, Light in our Home decided to address the problem of gender-based violence by educating the community on the negative impacts of violence against women. Many Rwandans believe that women should accept domestic violence without complaint, a problem that is exacerbated by the fact that many women are completely dependent on their husbands. Light in our Home has begun a comprehensive training program that will have far reaching impacts. Recently, Light in our Home completed its 12 month non-profit management apprenticeship and has officially graduated from the Academy for Conscious Change. The organization will now join the growing Global Grassroots fellowship of graduate change agents.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE
We are excited to share, Global Grassroots has begun the development of a web-based eAcademy for Conscious Change, which will allow women’s groups in developing countries globally to access our social entrepreneurship curriculum online. To date, we have received emails from over 160 women’s groups from 45 different countries requesting our programs. We will be choosing a pilot group of women's organizations from four continents to participate in the beta version of the elearning program. Our online academy will be accessible for free, providing an interactive program that will support the development of grassroots-level social entrepreneurship projects. We anticipate the development of the site will be complete in late autumn for piloting, with a public launch in early 2012.
Next week Global Grassroots will launch its new Conscious Social Change certification program, with seven women from three countries. Once certified, this corps of trainees will be able to deploy globally to offer our core program upon request to partner organizations. Global Grassroots is eager to collaborate through partnership to support women change agents in new communities.
This progress has only been possible with your support and we extend our deepest gratitude. As we expand, Global Grassroots needs engaged investors to help us make these exciting possibilities a reality. We know that women have the potential to lead conscious social change, but many lack the resources and training to advance their own ideas. Please consider a donation to help Global Grassroots continue to support the social ventures of grassroots change agents worldwide.