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Village Earth

Grassroots Scholarship Winner

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Village Earth is proud to announce that we have selected a winner for our first VE Grassroots Scholarship to attend one of our online community-based development training courses. Grace Wairimu Ndungu is 36 years old and works in Kenya for an organization called Youth Action for Rural Development (YARD). As a project officer, she works on their orphans and vulnerable children project. With over six years of experience in community work, she holds a diploma in community development and several certificates in child-related courses and HIV management. Most of the beneficiaries she works with are either affected or infected by HIV. She focuses on children as the point of entry to working with the entire household. These beneficiaries are identified with the help of community members, teachers and leaders. You can read more about Grace’s organization here. While working in the community, Grace has come across cases of gender disparity in development. For this reason, she has decided to attend Village Earth’s Gender Equity in Development to learn more about addressing some of these issues. If you are interested in learning how to sponsor a grassroots community organizer or aid worker like Grace to attend a training course through the VE Grassroots Scholarship program, please contact Jamie Way at [email protected]

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1518 – Community-Based Food Systems

During this five week course, you will learn about various approaches to building community-based food systems and movements for food justice around the world. Together, we will evaluate successful efforts at food system relocalization and the protection of community food resources, as well as the factors that threaten these efforts.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

This course explores theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.

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