Lighting the Grid

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Dear friends,

After the U.S. election, our international colleagues at WEA did not hesitate to reach out to us with words of support. They reminded us that what is happening in the U.S. mirrors experiences many of their communities have lived through for generations. In the face of oppressive governments, worsening climate change, severe resource shortages, and threatened ecosystems, women are the most acutely affected. From these frontlines women stand strong, raising our hands to protect, nurture and uphold. And we don’t give up. We are writing today to invite you to be a part of strengthening this global alliance as we step up to the next level of our reach.

More than ever before, our future hinges on the creative, strategic and nimble grassroots movements that protect our earth and keep lives safe and strong. Women are at the heart of these movements.

Women are the “backbone of the Standing Rock movement” that recently pushed the federal government to halt the destructive Dakota Access Pipeline. Women are contributing to carbon sequestration by launching massive tree-planting campaigns and grassroots clean cookstoves initiatives. Women are launching seed banks, preserving heirloom seeds, and teaching regenerative farming that will help feed our world in the climate change era.

At WEA, we work every day to light the grid of women’s grassroots movements. Our work equips women leaders with the skills and tools they need to protect our Earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. We work with women who are tapped in to what their communities need. They are masters at listening, building consensus, and mobilizing masses. We support these leaders in designing solutions to the pressing environmental challenges their regions face—and building up more leaders to do the same. One becomes two, two become four, four become eight, and eventually we have millions.

WEA invests in this strategy because it works. In a comprehensive, 30-year, data-driven study of policies in 70 countries, researchers found that mobilization by grassroots women’s movements and networks has a significantly more enduring impact on improving women’s rights and safety than policies or government actions.

And each year, more analyses show that when women are empowered, everyone benefits. Local economies improve, populations stabilize, health and education improve, and ecosystems vital to our survival regenerate. According to the Guardian (Dec, 2015), in order to spark this transformation, “women’s access to training, technology and financial resources is essential to enhance their vital role in contributing to solutions.”

We invite you to weave this vital alliance ever stronger so that we can replicate the sustainable, inclusive community development models that are creating the blueprint for the future.

We can do this. Let’s activate our Earth’s most powerful immune response—brilliant, strategic, connected, committed grassroots women leaders who will never stop resisting and reimagining.

Please join us with a tax-deductible gift today.

In partnership,

Melinda, Amira and the WEA Team

Read our 2012 Impact : DONATE TODAY!


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Dear Colleagues, Allies and Friends,
If there is anything we learned from Hurricane Sandy, it’s that we are all on the frontlines of our changing climate. With climate disasters like these as the new normal, how do we move forward?  By investing in regional strategies for self-reliant, resilient communities. When we support grassroots leaders to share resources, implement best practices and take collective action, we’re building a foundation that communities can stand on to weather storms together.
2012 is full of stories of bold women leaders protecting the earth and redefining our future. The grassroots women and groups WEA partnered with this year brought 15,000 people access to clean water and trained 2,400 women farmers in sustainable agriculture and native seed saving practices. From East Africa to India to California, we allied with grassroots women leaders to share water and sanitation practices, develop strategies to adapt to a changing climate, and build relationships critical for creating change. Read more about our 2012 Impact.

Can you stand with us at the close of this momentous year? We have two special opportunities in front of us towards our goal of $75,000. If 100 of you contribute, we will receive a $10,000 challenge grant.  If you give $100 or more, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

At the end of the day, this work happens because we do it together. The old adage goes, “Strength does not lie in what you have, it lies in what you can give.” Thank you for building our collective strength through your generosity.

We invite you to donate and help WEA serve in 2013 and beyond.

In partnership,
Amira & Melinda
Amira & Melinda, Co-Directors
Women’s Earth Alliance


Project: Women Building a Water Movement in East Africa

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Today we’d like to tell you a story about Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI) graduates Florence Acharit and Eunice Aliamo of Orphans and Widows Association for Development in Uganda. Because of their leadership, 200 girls at Amuria High School no longer miss classes or face violence because they have to fetch water. Remarkable transformation was possible in 2012 because YOU got involved. Because you share our posts, introduce us to your friends, host house parties, attend our Weaving the Worlds Events, join our Giving Circle and contribute financially to our work – the world is changing.

If WEA raises $75,000 by this year’s end, we will launch into 2013 ready to support and unite more grassroots women leaders working tirelessly on issues of clean water, sustainable agriculture, and climate resilience. Please join us by making a donation todayWe will be awarded a challenge grant of $10,000 if over 100 of you give to WEA by December 31st!

Florence and Eunice were one of 16 teams to attend the 2012 GWWI Grassroots Women and Water Training in Uganda. GWWI, our partnership with Crabgrass, has been hosting trainings since 2008. This year participants learned water and sanitation technologies, entrepreneurial tools and leadership skills. And for an entire year, GWWI provided follow-up financial, technical and peer support to the teams.
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So, what was it like before Florence and Eunice participated in a GWWI training? Girls had to fetch water during school, which could take 3-4 hours and put them at risk of being attacked. Girls would sometimes faint from dehydration while waiting for water or meals that were prepared late because there was no water. The school spent around $150 every week to buy clean water and cover medical expenses for students who fell ill from water-related diseases.

Florence and Eunice applied their skills to build two 15,000 gallon tanks to catch rainwater in a primary school and high school in Amuria, Uganda. Now, the girls have safe water to drink. Money that their school once spent on water and medicine will go towards a well that will that serve the entire community for years to come. 2012 is full of stories of bold women leaders like Florence and Eunice protecting the earth and redefining our future. The grassroots women and groups WEA partnered with this year brought 15,000 people access to clean water and trained 2,400 women farmers in sustainable agriculture and native seed saving practices, along with climate change awareness programs. From East Africa to India to California, we supported women leaders to share water and sanitation practices, develop strategies to adapt to a changing climate, and build relationships critical for creating change.
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With your help, we can respond more fully to our partners’ call. In 2013:

  • The India Program will expand its support to South Asia with the launch of a small grants initiative for indigenous and rural women’s groups working to promote human rights, traditional knowledge, sustainable agriculture, and environmental justice.
  • GWWI will launch the WASH Service Center Training Program for graduates of Women and Water Trainings to deepen their knowledge of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene strategies, and become professional implementers, trainers and social entrepreneurs.
  • The North America Program will continue to coordinate legal advocacy support in partnership with North American Indigenous women leading environmental justice campaigns.

We are reminded by the collective efforts of grassroots women that resilience – the ability to rise up stronger from a difficult situation – is possible when we stand together.  The more we unite, the greater strength we have to persevere against all odds. When you donate to WEA, you stand with a global network of women leaders moving together towards resilience in the New Year and beyond. Please give today and be 1 of the 100 donors who make our challenge grant and $75,00 goal possible.
In partnership,

Amira, Caitlin, Gemma, Kahea, Melinda, Rucha and Tejeswi

P.S.  If you are still shopping for Holiday gifts, you can make a donation to WEA’s work in honor of your loved ones and we’ll send them a beautiful, personalized card!

GWWI Women and Water:Dining for Women Raises over $60,000 for GWWIs Women-Led Water Service Center Program

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Women’s Earth Alliance is so thrilled to be the recipient of a program grant from Dining For Women to expand and deepen the work of Global Women’s Water Initiative in East Africa this Fall.

In April, WEA was honored to be selected to be the DFW featured organization to support our Global Women’s Water Initiative training programs. DFW members all over the country were invited to follow the path of a women in Africa who can spend sometimes all day fetching water and doing water related chores and were able to share in GWWIs vision for a world where women can implement sustainable water solutions alleviating their water burdens and opening up opportunities for them to thrive.

DFW was able to raise over $60,000 ($20,000 more than we requested) for GWWI to launch our WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Service Center Training Program.  Our goal is to create women-led water programs where women can provide and generate income from offering a variety of WASH services, products and technologies like water filters, tanks, rainwater harvesting sytems, toilets etc.   GWWI graduates have an opportunity to expand their breadth of WASH knowledge and services and can take a leading role in their communities.

Dining for Women’s mission is to empower women and girls living in extreme poverty by funding programs that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and to cultivate educational giving circles that inspire individuals to make a positive difference through the power of collective giving. Every month hundreds of potlucks are hosted by women all over the country as an avenue to raise awareness of global issues that are important to DFW members. It serves as both an opportunity for US women to learn about the challenges women face around the globe and the organizations that are addressing these issues in innovative ways.  As DFW members expand their knowledge, they have the privilege of providing financial support to ensure that the work to empower women can continue.

Thanks so much to DFW and the thousands of women who gathered to break bread, share stories of women around the world and contribute to a growing women’s empowerment movement that regenerates a culture of women supporting women. With this financial support, African grassroots women are sure to make powerful waves of change in their communities!

GWWI will be launching the WASH Service Center Training Program in November 2012. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates from the field from our 2011 graduates in the coming months.

WEA selected by Cooper design firm for UX Bootcamp


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This summer, WEA has been selected by Cooper, a San Francisco-based design and strategy firm to be the focus of their four day “UX Bootcamp”. The UX Bootcamp is part intensive design course, part design competition. Designers, engineers, and product managers will join forces to learn design methods, while envisioning new concepts for WEA’s website (and even what a mobile app could look like!). We’re excited to see what they come up with.  At the end of the competition, Cooper U educators and a WEA representative will review and judge the final idea concepts presented by each team, and Cooper will donate $1,000 to WEA on behalf of the winners. Thank you Cooper!

UX Bootcamp: July 30-Aug 2, San Francisco.  Interested designers can learn more on Cooper’s site

Interested designers can learn more on Cooper’s site here