TURWUBAKE / CONSTRUCT THE FAMILY UPDATE
Over the last few months, Construct the Family decided to move its operations to a new section of Kigali called Nyamirambo. Some of the initial target population they were serving, including domestic workers and women in abusive relationships, were having difficulties attending due to distance and personal circumstances that made it hard for them to leave work. It is our understanding that the move was decided based upon making their programs more available to their target population. However, as a result of the change of location, the local officials have required the team to pay annual taxes upfront for the year. At a cost of approximately $200, it has been beyond the reach of the venture. The sewing training program, which was designed to offer abused women new economic alternatives and thus freedom to leave abusive relationships, attempted to rent their sewing machines and make more marketable products to cover this operating shortfall. However, they were unable to make up the additional need by the deadline and were forced by the local government to close their operations. We did not learn of this challenge until after the closure had taken place, and we are now working closely with the team to help them raise the necessary funding, and redesign their venture's operations for both greater social impact and financial sustainability. We will continue to update you as the project evaluates its needs and develops its new strategy for resuming its operations.
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS UPDATE
Global Grassroots & Women for Water Partner to Support Women's Empowerment Worldwide
Global Grassroots is excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of four partners for the first year of the new 3-year Women for Water campaign initiated by the Global Water Challenge!
This initiative will empower a billion women to join together and raise a billion dollars to fight the global water crisis that disproportionately affects women and children.
Click here for more information about the Women for Water campaign, or check out their video!
Join us in supporting sustainable, women-led water ventures that provide livelihoods, hope and safety for thousands of women!
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New Conscious Social Change Practitioner Training begins this summer!
This program, open to anyone interested in personal transformation and social change, provides an intensive and experience-based training in the methods, philosophy, skills and frameworks of Conscious Social Change. Beginning July 1 is Part 1 of our three-part Conscious Social Change Practitioner Certification Program, which enables trainees to become certified in Global Grassroots' core curriculum. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or are interested in participating!