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 trainers
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.