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Our mission is to catalyze women and girls as leaders of Conscious Social Change in their communities.

Conscious Social Change is the intersection of mindfulness, leadership, and social entrepreneurship whereby individuals initiate change consciously, compassionately, and ethically.

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Since 2006, Global Grassroots has steadily built an exciting track record:

Graduates: 700

700 change agents have trained in our Academy for Conscious Change from Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya

Social Ventures Launched:

124 ventures initiated have reached 175,000 people

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Women's Water Leadership

Global Grassroots' Women's Water Leadership Initiative in Rwanda and Uganda empowers vulnerable women to become change leaders in their community by designing and initiating their own solutions to the social issues that affect them most.

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Women as Agents of Change

We help grassroots teams of women provide safe, clean water access to their communities and, in so doing, solve water-related social issues that impact women and girls, including sexual violence and exploitation, girls' attendance in school, domestic violence, and water-borne illnesses, among other issues.

Global Grassroots' nine newest ventures, launched in 2016-2017, are now bringing safe, clean water access - permanently and sustainably - to more than 31,000 people in Rwanda. In addition, our goal in 2018 is to train four women-led teams in northern Uganda who will rehabilitate nine existing, though defunct, boreholes to ensure safe, clean water for their communities.

The cost of this clean water, along with important social change related to water access, equates to just $7-$8 per person. We believe we offer one of the most cost-effective water programs.

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Trauma Healing

Global Grassroots operates in post-conflict countries where our participants have often been the victims of genocide or gender-based violence, or simply endure lives of chronic stress. Our program incorporates a particular evidence-based, mind-body trauma healing method called Breath~Body~Mind (BBM) to ensure our change agents are able to take care of their own rehabilitation needs before striving courageously to change their community, and so that they may share these same practices with the vulnerable communities they serve.

This year we have also begun to share this unique and highly effective practice with communities outside our exclusive Academy participants. In 2018, in partnership with the Ituze Mindfulness Center in Kigali, we initiated the only trainer's training program in Rwanda. We are now collaborating with local partners and the founders of Breath~Body~Mind, Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, in exploring how to make the practice accessible to people throughout East Africa.

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2019 Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change

Global Grassroots is pleased to announce that initial training for our next Young Women's Academy (YWA) will be held January 14-23, 2019. This eight-month program will welcome 24 applicants who have a passion for social change within their home communities and have recently graduated from secondary school. Participants selected from Uganda, South Sudan, and Kenya will convene at Cornerstone Leadership Academy in Matugga, Uganda, and participants from Rwanda will convene in Kigali, Rwanda, at a location to be announced by mid-November. The application deadline closed on Friday, 26 October 2018, and the review process has begun. Those selected to attend our 2019 YWA will be notified after 10 November 2018. Check back here often for updates. We wish all applicants much luck!

Please contact Heidi Luquer with questions about our 2019 program.

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>Download an application (.pdf)

LEADING FROM WITHIN:Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation by Gretchen Ki Steidle

Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation
by Gretchen Ki Steidle

With this book, Steidle presents a compelling case for the use of mindfulness not just for self-awareness and stress management, but as a design tool for social innovation.

"Leading from Within" offers a roadmap for integrating mindfulness into every aspect of social change design.

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We are pleased to offer our combined 2016-2017 Annual Report of Operations. We hope you find our stories as inspiring, our data as compelling, and our work as interesting as we do!

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Our Partners

NOVO Foundation
CarEth Foundation
Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
RAIN - Water for Africa
Imago Dei Fund
Segal Family Foundation
Black Fox Philanthropy
Women for Water
Resonate - Women Leading Change
ERM Group Foundation Inc.
Stone Family Foundation (US)
PECO Foundation
Rapidan Foundation
Maura A. Shaughnessy
Carol Wood
Sewell Family Foundation
St. James Trust
Christ Church Board of World Fellowship
GlobalGiving Top-Ranked Organization 2017   GlobalGiving Vetted Organization 2017  GlobalGiving Verified Organization 2017

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