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GLOBAL GRASSROOTS' Fundraiser:

Water & Women's Wisdom in Rwanda

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THE STORY:

In rural Rwanda, women often have to spend hours each day, walking along mountainous dirt paths just to collect the most basic of resources - water.

Water is not just a human right, it is intimately connected to women's rights. Ensuring easy, affordable access to clean water has ripple effects throughout all aspects of a women's life: her health, her safety from gender-based violence and sexual exploitation, her ability to send her girls to school, her availability to advance her economic wellbeing, her participation in civic matters and the opportunity to be considered an equal member of her society. 
 
Although many may realize the fundamental importance of water, it is not always effective for an outside organization to simply to dig a well and hand over control to a community’s leadership. First, well meaning organizations may inadvertently hand over such control to those least likely to protect the needs of the vulnerable. Second, without the participation and leadership of local women, international actors can miss the hidden issues like sexual exploitation of the disabled in exchange for water delivery. And finally, top-down approaches undermine the wisdom, capabilities and opportunity for women to lead with their own multi-dimensional solutions to complex social issues.
 
Global Grassroots has a proven track record for acting as a intensive incubator for Rwandan women to develop, launch and sustain their own water ventures in their own communities. Our Academy for Conscious Change provides teams of local women with comprehensive non-profit management skills, conscious leadership practices and mind-body trauma healing techniques in addition to seed-funding and 12-18 months of high-engagement support. Fifteen thousand dollars provides one team of women the ability to participate in all aspects of the Academy and build a self-sustaining, non-profit water venture of their own design. 
 
Global Grassroots contends that women are the experts of their own experiences. We know that one of the most effective levers of social change is a woman who has the capability, resources, power, courage and inner commitment to initiate positive change for herself and others, driven by her own insight and ideas. As previously disenfranchised women gain the respect of their communities, their sense of inner power and agency is transformed, and attitudes about what women are capable of begin to change throughout her society. 

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    $20

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Donor Comments

Heidi Luquer

Heidi Luquer

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Duda

Duda

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Marcia Steidle

Marcia Steidle

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Caitlin

Caitlin

DONATION: $20

Mother's Day 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

4 years ago