GROOTS International's Thematic Programme
on Community Resilience seeks to empower grassroots women to build resilient
communities. This programme emerged from member organizations' work in
disaster-hit communities in India, Turkey, Honduras and Jamaica. Member
groups found that disaster response programmes were opportunities for women
to become active participants in shaping the futures of their communities.
Through their participation, grassroots women have developed innovative
solutions that address practical problems of shelter, credit, livelihoods
and basic services - all of which lie at the intersection of resilience
and development. What is unique about these grassroots solutions is that
they also re-position women in the eyes of their families and communities.
This publication highlights roles that grassroots women are playing in
building resilient communities and insights emerging from resilience building
efforts led by grassroots women in Peru, Jamaica, Honduras, Turkey, Indonesia,
Sri Lanka and India.
Global initiative to develop community
In 2006 Groots International in partnership
with American Jewish World Service launched a global programme that seeks
to build on the expertise of grassroots leaders in disaster prone areas.
This unique initiative builds on the knowledge and skills of grassroots
leaders in order to create a global network of community trainers who can
train other disaster prone communities. Having initiated and sustained
innovative community practices after earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and
the tsunami, these community leaders are better equipped than anyone else
to teach other disaster -prone communities how to shape risk reduction,
relief, recovery and reconstruction processes to the advantage of disaster
affected families and communities.