LIGHT IN OUR HOME PROGRESS UPDATE
This social venture led by a local headmaster who also ran for Parliament this past year, is working to fight against all forms of gender-based violence. The project is educating local leaders about the causes and consequences of violence and forming anti-violence clubs in each local neighborhood. The venture, launched in late March has already conducted its first training with local officials from 33 different sectors, including high school principals, District advisory council members, and the head of security in the Ruhango District, about the causes, consequences, relevant laws and forms of gender-based violence (GBV). Consequently, two schools created anti-GBV clubs. The clubs are mobilizing students to report GBV cases that occur at school and are then following up on the cases. At the government level, the district advisory council members who received training successfully advocated for funding, and the Ruhango District distributed 1,800,000 FRW ($3,076) for fighting GBV in nine sectors. In October, Light in Our Home trained another 164 people including 127 local authorities, members of the National Women’s Council, members of the National Youth Committee, eight local representative members of the President’s Advisory Council and eight Executive Secretaries at the local government level. They are working to develop new anti-GBV clubs and strengthen existing ones. They also recently conducted a survey of their beneficiaries and are in the process of analyzing the data. We look forward to continuing to update you on their progress in the coming months.
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.