We wanted to update you on some of the new additions to our Community Action database - part of our Global Citizenship programme! Check out what it all means in this post...
First of all, what is ‘Grassroots’?
Grassroots initiatives or organisations are often set up for change. They rely on people with limited power, limited resources and limited ability to influence others. From this position, people acting from the bottom-up can change their own actions, seek to influence others around them and seek to change the social structures that they inhabit (Middlemiss and Parrish, 2010). In other words, it refers to ordinary people wanting to make a difference without government or higher authority input. Flores and Samuel (2019) state that people have different ideas on what constitutes ‘grassroots,’ they apply the term to associations that draw their members from the communities that they aim to serve, and we agree with this.
Here, at the Fair Earth Foundation, our mission is to work towards the alleviation of poverty around the world through helping people to stand on their own two feet and thus empowering them to attend to their own needs, be they educational, environmental or enterprise creation. We highlight global and local issues, work with communities to help them make the changes they need to thrive, provide educational support and training in language, environmental issues, and enterprise development as well as logistical support including micro-financing and volunteer input. This is one of the better ways to effect real change and make a REAL difference to the lives of people, communities and their environments.
Why are Grassroots Organisations Important?
A recent UN report indicates that grassroots organisations have a critical role in advancing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shown below, especially at a subnational level. Ensuring that “no one is left behind” is a commitment of the 2030 SDG plan, which not only seeks to achieve national outcomes but also to reduce inequalities within countries (Flores and Samuel, 2019). Although working from the bottom-up, grassroots organisations have the power to make a real difference. We want to know why you think grassroots organisations are important? Leave a comment below and we’ll start a conversation!
Our Community Action Database
In light of this, and as our contribution to SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, we have started compiling a database of grassroots organisations around the world that are doing great things for people and planet. Often, indigenous grassroots organisations have had to call on external allies when faced with various issues. We want to be able to be there for like-minded causes and promote these projects to our network of Global Citizens, ensuring that their time and efforts can be directed to some of the most important projects tackling current key world issues!
WE CANNOT DO EVERYTHING BUT WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING,
IF EVERYBODY DOES SOMETHING EVERYTHING GETS DONE.
Here are the newest additions and a bit of background information on why they have been added.
Put Forward a Cause!
We are always seeking to expand our Community Action database, especially with projects that may not have the resources to promote themselves online and gain a following. If you know of any organisations, initiatives, causes or projects that you’d like to add to our list, please let us know! Email your nominations to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to add to our list.
Remember to get involved in the comments and if you’d like to submit a blog post about a certain organisation, close to your heart email Matus at email@example.com.
Post by: Megan McFarlane
We encourage all of our volunteers to submit a blog post, on any topic, whilst they are with us.