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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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We hope you find the wisdom and learnings from this report as compelling and inspiring as we do!

>Women, Water & Wisdom: Mapping Ripple Effects of Conscious Social Change in Rural Rwanda. (.pdf)

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

Graduates: 702

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

Ventures Launched:

193 ventures initiated have reached more than 210,000 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.

Global Grassroots' 25 women-led water ventures, are now bringing safe, clean water access - permanently and sustainably - to more than 70,000 people in Rwanda and Uganda. Since 2008, we have a 96% sustainability rate among all water ventures initiated. Our cost equates to just $7-$8 per person.

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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.

When COVID-19 hit, Global Grassroots' change leaders courageously stepped forward as first responders to fight the pandemic. In a matter of weeks, our teams installed hand-washing stations and offered hygiene education, liquid soap, food, free water, social-emotional support and other emergency assistance to more than 6000 community members, particularly the most vulnerable.

In addition to our signature social venture incubator, Global Grassroots is now helping to accelerate of the work of our existing change agents in Rwanda. As women replicate their ventures in nearby communities, their water access points serve as sustainable hubs that drive multiple ripple effects for community wellbeing.

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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.

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Young Women's Academy for Conscious Change

Through our Young Women's Academy (YWA), Global Grassroots has trained 218 young women since 2012 to become change leaders operating from within their own communities. These remarkable change agents attended our 7-month program during the gap year between high school graduation and university enrollment, implementing change ventures of their own design in their home villages benefiting other women and girls. With the onset of COVID-19, Global Grassroots has currently paused its residential program for 2021-2022. We will reconvene again once it is safe to do so. In the interim, we are committing to deepening our connection with our YWA alumnae through a new Virtual Engagement Program to offer ongoing fellowship, remote conscious change training, and seed funding for their newest endeavors.

Please contact us with questions about our program.

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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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Review the latest study of the scientific evidence of inner work's influence on social change.

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NOVO Foundation
Imago Dei Fund
ERM Group Foundation Inc.
Coca-Cola Foundation
Women for Water
Black Fox Philanthropy
Vista Hermosa Foundation
PECO Foundation
Stone Family Foundation (US)
Pesky Family Foundation
Omidyar Group
Sewell Family Foundation
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