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.Learn More
Since 2006, Global Grassroots has steadily built an exciting track record:
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
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.View More
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.Make A Donation
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.Learn More
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.Learn more about our Young Women's Academy
Download an application (.pdf)
LEADING FROM WITHIN:
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.Purchase Now
GLOBAL GRASSROOTS' 2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORT
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!
Learn about our impact (.pdf)
Maura A. Shaughnessy
Sewell Family Foundation
St. James Trust
Christ Church Board of World Fellowship
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Suite 200, Box 1
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