My Arms Wide Open

My Arms Wide Open's purpose is to rebuild communities through supporting mothers, children and youth to break the chain of their parents' past prejudice, to create community and preserve their culture. Guiding principles for My Arms Wide Open mirror those of founder Warren Te Brugge. "These are the principles by which I live my life and make decisions to deliver value in the eyes of the communities I serve."
Aug 3, 2015

More Communities, more Opportunities for Girls

It really is important!
It really is important!

People are talking!

News travels fast and it's no different in Africa. The GirlStuff Team are receiving great recognition at a government level as well as, and most importantly, in other communities. We've been approached by members of other communities wanting to get involved. This is really positive as we will expand operations by inviting groups of women and girls in other communities to join the GirlStuff Cooperative. We will be giving you more news as we conclude discussions within the new communities.

How does this help?

This helps as it makes access to the GirlStuff menstrual kits easier for girls in more communities and at the same time provides employment for additional women and girls within those communities.

What does it take to set up additional locations?

As we open up additional locations we will of course be needing additional machines, raw materials and marketing support. By getting involved, like a number of our regular donors, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a young girl.

The connection between food security and menstrual supplies

We highly recommend that you also visit our 'My World In a Garden - Sister Walls' page to see how we combine the work we do here at GirlStuff, which attracts girls back to school, and the food they grow in our vertical gardens helps to keep them in school.

There are more young girls to help and YOUR Contributions and DONATIONS MAKE the DIFFERENCE

You can support the My Arms Wide Open, ‘GirlStuff and Pads4Girls’ project  and community cooperative and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the women, girls and families we serve, by making a donation now. Want to help on an ongoing basis? Set up a monthly recurring donation as well as sharing this report with your family and friends.

Please Donate Now!

We are grateful for your support. The women, men, girls and children of the My Arms Wide Open communities extend a warm smile and echo our gratitude for your support.

Aug 3, 2015

More Walls, More Food for More Kids...

My World in a Garden
My World in a Garden

We're getting more and more requests 

We've been receiving more interest in our My World In a Garden - Sister Walls' program as other communities learn about the food production volume from our vertical gardens and as communities hear more about our GirlStuff program. It's no coincidence the two programs are connected. 

What's the connection between GirlStuff with My World in a Garden?

When we first designed the program we realized that getting girls to come back to school was more than just providing them with the necessary menstrual supplies so taht they could stay in school all month, it also required us to find a solution for the food they needed to take home to their families each day and each week. As a result we connected the My World In a Garden program with the GirlStuff program.

Help us build more gardens

This coming spring in Bergnek we will be making a big change on the first Bergnek Community wall we installed in 2012. We will be moving to a 'pocket' system that gives us a greater yield from the vertical garden. You could be there with us!

There are a number of opportunities for you to help us build more My World in a Garden, Vertical Gardens. You can actually join us on a trip to and experience the magic and beauty of Africa yourself and we'd love to have you join us. You can get more information about taking the trip at: My World in a Garden.

You can make a donation to help us fund the purchase of the materials we need for to build each of the gardens.

You can forward this message to family and friends and ask them to help you support the women, girls, men and children of Bergnek as well

Whatever path you choose, we are grateful for your support. 

The connection between food security and menstrual supplies

We highly recommend that you also visit our 'My Arms Wide Open - Pads4Girls' page to see how we combine the work we do at GirlStuff, which attracts girls back to school, and the food they grow in our 'My World in a Garden' vertical gardens, which together, helps to keep girls in school longer.

There are more young girls to help and YOUR Contributions and DONATIONS MAKE the DIFFERENCE

You can support the My Arms Wide Open, ‘My World In a Garden - Sister Walls’ project  and community cooperative and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the women, girls and families we serve, by making a donation now.

Want to help on an ongoing basis? Set up a monthly recurring donation as well as sharing this report with your family and friends.

Please Donate Now!

We are grateful for your support. The women, men, girls and children of the My Arms Wide Open communities extend a warm smile and echo our gratitude for your support.

Growing good food
Growing good food
Jul 31, 2015

Help to dig a water distribution trench in Africa?

How you can help to dig a water distribution trench in Africa?

You might ask, 'How can I possibly help dig a trench a continent away?' What's this trench for anyway? The simple answer is you really can help by donating to the project to pay the community members to dig the trench.

What's the trench for? Well, the trench is to extend the water distribution system in the Bergnek community, taking them off the critical list and getting them to the WHO minimum recommended amount of 50 litres per person per day.

So will it be 'BLUE' or 'GREEN'? Make a donation today!

What does the project look like?

Pick a trench on the town map! You'll see the 'BLUE' or ‘GREEN' lines on the map we've included in this update of the trenches that need to be dug out for the new water distribution lines that we hope to start in September of this year, and then to complete this part of the project in October and November with the tremendous help and support of Engineers Without Borders, Houston Chapter

You may know, from our previous reports, that a lot of work has been done by the members of the Bergnek Community and its supporters to get us to this point. Now we are in the critical stages of the 1st phase of the 'One Brick at a Time' project. Without solving the core need for water, we can't go on to address sanitation, house building and an healthcare clinic,

There’s work to do and YOUR Contributions and DONATIONS MAKE the DIFFERENCE

You can support the My Arms Wide Open, ‘One Brick at a Time’ project and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and families we serve, by making a donation now or setting up a monthly recurring donation as well as sharing this report with your family and friends.

Please Donate Now!

We are grateful for your support. The women, men, girls and children of the My Arms Wide Open communities extend a warm smile and echo our gratitude for your support.


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