Provide Water for 150 Families and Fight Violence

by Global Grassroots
Nov 24, 2010

New Access to Water for People w/Same Purpose


Global Grassroots is happy to share that the Government of Rwanda and the municipal water company, Electrogas, has decided to extend water access to the area where People with the Same Purpose had been working to develop their own non-profit water venture. We have consulted with the team, who believes that the need they were facing will be adequately addressed by the government, and thus they no longer need to invest in the water venture they had been developing.  We are delighted that the community will have water access and that women, especially those physically disabled, will no longer be at risk of violence or exploitation in accessing clean water.  However, we honor the funding that you have contributed towards this venture and your intentions for its use.  

Global Grassroots deeply appreciates your donation and wants to make sure it used in the way you would like it to be used. As such, we would like to contribute this funding first towards the needs of another of our water projects on GlobalGiving, "Let Us Build Ourselves-Kanombe" (, which is just beginning construction.  Any unused funds would then go towards a new Global Grassroots venture also working with the handicapped. Handicap Rwandais Reabilite Reintegre dans ses Droits (or HRD) is helping mothers and disabled children overcome extreme stigmatization and violence, where women are blamed for giving birth to a child with disabilities, and some are abandoned by their husbands and abused by family and neighbors. HRD was part of our 2010 Academy for Conscious Change, and their project is currently in development.

If you would rather these funds be used for another project on GlobalGiving please let us know by December 1.  If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me directly at or GlobalGiving at
Thank you again for your support!


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
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gretchen Wallace
President and Founder
Hanover, NH United States

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