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Women in Nepal Break A Legacy of Poverty with Agroecology

What does it take to economically empower women and girls from the Dalit caste, historically one of the most marginalized and under-resourced groups in Nepal? “Women’s savings and credit groups are the entry point,” says Chris Sacco, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Groundswell. Men often leave the community to find economic opportunities outside of the […]

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Nepal One Year Later: Life After the Earthquakes

Just over a year ago, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Dozens of aftershocks followed, including a second earthquake on May 12th. Over 9,000 people were killed and villages across the countryside were leveled. Much of the damage was in the district of Sindhupalchowk, an area Groundswell International has been working in since 2013. More […]

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A Day With BPP-Pariwar – Transforming the Lives of Women in Nepal

The following blogpost was written by Kathy Colverson, one of Groundswell International’s Board members. Kathy is the Associate Director of International Agricultural Programs at the University of Florida, and she has worked abroad in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Ecuador. During her latest visit to Nepal, Kathy spent a day with Groundswell’s partner […]

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Rebuilding a Resilient Nepal

In 2013, Groundswell International partnered with the Nepalese NGO BBP-Pariwar to improve farmers’ livelihoods and food security by spreading ecological agriculture, strengthening community organizations, and building networks among farmers to facilitate the creation of savings and credit groups and farming cooperatives. Today, Groundswell and BBP Pariwar work together in 23 villages located in the mostly […]

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Check out our 2014 Annual Report

We are excited to announce the release of Groundswell International’s 2014 Annual Report!  In 2014, we worked in partnership – with farmers, with local organizations, and our supporters – to continue to create a transition to agroecological farming that is better for people and the planet. We invested nearly $1.3 million in strengthening rural communities […]

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The Resilience of the People of Chiri Kharka, Nepal

The following post is written by Christopher Sacco, Groundswell International’s Director of Operations and co-founder. He has more than 15 years experience designing, managing, and evaluating community development and disaster response and recovery projects, and provided strategic support to our partner in Haiti after the earthquake of January 2010. Chris recently traveled to Nepal to visit […]

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Students at the University of Maryland Award $10,000 Grant to Groundswell International

We are excited to announce that Groundswell International is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership!  The grant will be used to improve the food security and rural livelihoods of marginalized women and their families in the Kavre, Ramechhap, and Sindhupalchowk districts of central […]

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Eyewitness Account from Nepal

A second earthquake hit earlier today, May 12th, in Nepal, just east of the capital of Kathmandu. The people of Nepal are still struggling to recover from the earthquake that hit on April 25 that killed over 8,000 people and leveled villages across the countryside, leaving thousands homeless in the midst of the coming rainy […]

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2015 Spring Seed Campaign: What seeds will you plant?

Dear Friend of Groundswell, I am writing to you today from the Groundswell International coordination office in Asheville, North Carolina where I am surrounded by open-pollinated, GMO-free seed packets. We have already mailed out hundreds of seeds across the country as part of our Annual Spring Seed Campaign. This year’s campaign, in collaboration with our […]

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Support Nepal Relief and Recovery

Nepal continues to reel from Saturday’s massive earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks. More than 8 million people, almost a third of the entire population, have been affected. Also, earlier today the Government of Nepal reported 4,358 deaths and 8,174 injured people, while saying these numbers are expected to increase further as search and rescue teams […]

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