Combat Violence in 50 Rwanda Households

by Global Grassroots
Nov 24, 2010

Construct the Family Launches Operations


Construct the Family is working to reduce problems related to violence against married women and domestic workers. They have seen how domestic and sexual violence leads to broken families, physical disability, HIV infection, ignorance, poverty, children without fathers, and women having multiple children who face malnutrition, neglect or abandonment. The project will target domestic workers and couples to provide sensitization trainings.  They will also provide skills training and help organize workers into associations so that they can better demand their rights and have more economic opportunities to leave abusive employers.

Construct the Family received their first stage of funding this August.  During the past two months, they have put tremendous effort into creating an issue survey that will assess the reality of – and beliefs concerning – domestic violence in their community.  The survey will inform their project’s programming and set a baseline to help measure their impact and their progress toward goals for their community such as: women understanding and claiming their rights; domestic workers protected against abuse from employees; women empowered by learning technical skills like sewing and thereby obtaining economic independence.  This month, the team is administering the survey and will use its results to select 15 domestic workers, 15 women victims of domestic abuse and their 15 husbands for this year’s training program on gender equality, women’s rights, and the consequences of domestic violence.  The 30 female victims of violence will also receive sewing skills training to give them the economic independence necessary to change their abusive situations. 


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: 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.



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Global Grassroots

Location: Portsmouth, NH - USA
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Project Leader:
Gretchen Wallace
President and Founder
Hanover, New Hampshire United States

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