Founding Story

GRM is a social enterprise, creating awareness about the vulnerable situation of the rural youth in Ugandan societies and empowering them to become economically independent, self-determined, and able to stand up for their rights.

GRM was founded in October, 2020 by Grace Julius Ssembatya.  This was a time, one of the biggest global crises in generations, the COVID-19 pandemic had severe and far-reaching repercussions for health systems, economies and societies. Countless people died, or lost their livelihoods. Families and communities strained and separated. Children and young people missed out on learning and socializing. Businesses went bankrupt. Millions of people fell below the poverty line.   As young people grappled with these health, social and economic impacts, mental health was widely affected. Grace Julius chose to use his pain and COVID-19 experiences in a meaningful way and structured help for rural young people like him.  He realized that many rural youths had similar experiences of social and economic impact and were not in position to take care of their families. GRM is a social enterprise, creating awareness about the vulnerable situation of the rural youth in Ugandan societies and empowering them to become economically independent, self-determined and able to stand up for their rights.

GRM is “GrassRoots Ministry”. Our rural young people needed a ministry (grassroots secretariat/office) that works for them and it’s by them. That’s how we become GrassRoots Ministry during those hard times of the Pandemic.

GRM is a dynamic and dedicated non-profit organization committed to empowering rural youth in various areas, including economic independence, vocational training, and practicing permaculture and regenerative agriculture. With a strong belief in rural development and educational rights, we strive to create sustainable and transformative change in the lives of rural youth worldwide. 

We envision a generation of well-educated, economically independent, and self-determined rural youth who control their time, body, and life and stand up for their rights. 

Empowering rural youths in business development, educational support, vocational training, and environment protection.