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Catalyzing Women Change Agents

Global Grassroots asserts that deepening personal consciousness and contributing towards the common good are both essential to establishing a mindful society that will advance the greatest level of positive social change. We call this intersection of personal and societal transformation Conscious Social Change.

Global Grassroots supports Conscious Social Change driven by and for vulnerable women and girls at the grassroots level. We honor the inherent wisdom in women of all ages - to know what their community needs and how best to meet that need. The women with whom we work, often marginalized, are the least likely to have access to the resources necessary to advance their solutions to systemic social issues, such as domestic violence, water issues, and illiteracy. We provide the training, skills, resources, and support they need to implement change.

We are proud to announce that, through a partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), we convened our Academy for Conscious Change in Rwanda in July 2015 and are now working with 11 women-led teams consisting of 93 members. These teams will bring safe, clean water access - permanently and sustainably - to more than 30,000 people in Rwanda in 2016. The cost of receiving clean water and other gender-based violence services will equate to just $6 per ultimate beneficiary once all teams are operating. We believe we offer the most efficient water program in existence.

Please join us in creating a just, compassionate, and conscious society worldwide.

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Can a Toilet Eliminate Sexual Violence and Protect a Girl's Education?

The pit latrines at Byimana Primary School look like a set of brick ruins -- without roofs, open to the sky and weather, absent doorways, massive holes in the side walls -- leaving any user embarrassingly exposed. In fact, the crumbling shared-sex latrines, unsupervised and set apart from the school building, were a perilous place for a young girl and the future of her education.

In 2007, Mediatrice Mushimiyimana, a primary school English teacher in the rural village of Byimana, Rwanda, observed that once girls reached puberty, their attendance plummeted along with their ability to keep up in class. She states, "I realized that maybe the problem is that [they] don't feel safe at school..."

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Ventures in Development

Reducing domestic violence and alcoholism in Northern Uganda through drama, song, psychological support, and home visits.

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Natalie Lynn Rekstad, President of Black Fox Philanthropy and a warrior woman herself, has written an inspiring blogpost about Global Grassroots' Founder and President Gretchen Ki Steidle. We greatly appreciate all that Natalie and her team at BFP do for Global Grassroots and vulnerable women and girls everywhere.

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Our Mission

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

Our Impact

Graduates: 625
Social Ventures Designed: 120

>Read About the Ripple Effects of Our Work with Young Women (.pdf)

>Download our 2014 Impact Assessment (.pdf)

>Download our 2011 Impact Assessment (.pdf)

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