The International Grail Movement: Women of Spirit Working for Change
The Grail is an international women's movement committed to spiritual search, social transformation, ecological sustainability and the release of women's creative energy throughout the world. We are bonded in action, solidarity, and faith, working in 20 countries as individuals and Grail groups interconnecting regionally, nationally and internationally. Called by our spiritual values, The Grail envisions a world of peace, justice and renewal of the earth, brought about by women working together as catalysts for change.
Since its inception in the Netherlands in 1921, The Grail has pioneered innovative grassroots programs to express its vision of global transformation. We practice an in-depth, holistic approach, recognizing the interrelatedness of peace, social justice, economic self-sufficiency, artistic creativity, spirituality, and environmental sustainability.
An international network, each Grail group is directed locally by women indigenous to the country who are uniquely positioned to act at the local level to effect global change. We value our diversity, while supporting each other's work across international boundaries. We consult on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Sustainable Development and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as a non-governmental organization.
The Grail promotes alternatives to existing economic and cultural paradigms:
- Develops tools to train individuals to organize and advocate for change when their communities are affected by economic and environmental exploitation.
- Commits to modeling responsible and ethical use of resources.
- Educates communities and individuals to enable them to make responsible, sustainable, and ethical choices for positive change.
- Fosters spiritual renewal and dialogue for those attending our retreats and conferences, creating deep and lasting connections.
Select Programs of The Grail Worldwide
1. Umsinsi Wokuzimilela/Women Leadership & Training, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
This project promotes human development and natural resource management in five impoverished areas targeting Zulu youth. The project helps young women and men to develop environmental rehabilitation projects and cultural projects to restore the dignity of the community and heal the land. Project components include environmental education, Permaculture design workshops, trail building and maintenance, and reclaiming the local !Kung heritage. Youth also attended the World Summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2002. In November 2011, the young people were actively involved in COP17 (the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Durban, South Africa.
2. Training for Community Transformation, Various location
This training program helps participants to acquire skills for empowering their communities to identify needs and work in a participative process to meet those needs. Grail members have implemented the program with success in locations as diverse as urban South Africa, rural Brazil and Kenya, and the Bronx, New York.
3. San Jose Grail Family Services, San Jose, California
In 1993 the Grail facilitated a community process that resulted in the construction and sale of 35 units of affordable housing for low-income families in predominantly Hispanic San Jose, California, on property formerly owned by the Grail. Centers onsite serve the surrounding community and partner with 21 agencies to provide cooperative childcare, English as a Second Language education, literacy and computer training classes, health education, and support groups for local women.
4. Wastewater Environmental Treatment (WET) Program, Loveland, Ohio
Grail women created an alternative wastewater management wetlands project at our Grailville Center in Ohio. It serves as a model educational center and living laboratory in environmental sustainability for over 10,000 annual visitors, students, and community residents. The wetland system, constructed for on-site sewage treatment within a native prairie leach field, has now been functioning for five years on a water-saving infrastructure.
5. Women of the Americas, Various Locations
For over 10 years, the Grail has sponsored this program to facilitate a Northern/Southern Hemisphere dialogue and for strategizing on cross-border issues regarding immigration, global trade agreements, and community and economic development. The project brings women together across culture, class, and race to learn skills to effectively advocate for poor and marginalized communities throughout the hemisphere.
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For more information about the U.S. Grail visit: www.grail-us.org
For more information about the International Grail visit: www.thegrail.org