Relax continues to offer emotional and physical support for victims of domestic violence in the village of Mutara in rural Rwanda. The members of the project offer the victim comfort and help the victim report the problem to local authorities. Recently, Relax reached out to Global Grassroots for additional training and support in trauma counseling, as the team members often find themselves facing difficult situations when helping a victim. Often, the team is unable to offer sufficient comfort because of the severity of the domestic violence and the social stigma that makes it hard for women to report cases of domestic violence. In addition to seeking further ways to help their community, Relax has also begun to address the issue of women who abuse their husbands, and will soon begin to reach out to those men as well as the women of the community.
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.