Turwubake's first class of trainees are about to graduate! As you know, Turwubake / Construct the Family, a Global Grassroots sponsored "micro-NGO" is addressing the issue of violence against both wives and domestic workers in Rwanda. The program is working to educate 50 households, 30 domestic workers, and 30 victims of domestic violence about gender equality. Part of the program includes teaching domestic workers how to sew so that they may have economic alternatives to the violence they face at work or in the home. The first class will graduate this month and form an association which will advocate for women's rights. Construct the Family is also carrying out an evaluation of their work this summer to assess their impact and consider ways to refine their approach.
GLOBAL GRASSOOTS UPDATE
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 communties.
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.