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."
Nov 5, 2013

My World My Garden - Expanding Support

Warren
Warren's Wall - September 2013

We are so excited and enthusiastic about the My World My Garden program. The My World My Garden program has proven to be very successful in both Vancouver and Bergnek this year. Each of the Vertical Food Garden Walls have been able to produce enough fresh veggies for 150 families each week during the growing season.

In Bergnek, we are back into spring and the planting cycle to move the wall from it’s winter state back to full food production. We are looking forward to another great year and in fact, are hoping to increase the number of walls in Bergnek to a total of 6 walls by the end of 2015 that will have the capacity to feed 900 families in total. That capacity would provide for immediate needs as well as storing food for winter use.

In Vancouver, at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, we have had a fantastic growing season and the wall provided fresh veggies for over 150 families each week and we are now preparing winter veggies for the wall and preparing the wall for winter in general.

Here’s where we need your help: Next steps are for us to increase capacity in the Bergnek Community as well as a adding a new site in Phoenix, Arizona to support the local community in West Phoenix and to continue supporting the Vancovuer, Canada Vertical Food Garden Wall.

Can you make a donation today and perhaps make it a recurring donation? The women and children at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Bergnek are grateful for all of the support you have given them.

Thank you for your continued support of the women and children of the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre and Bergnek Communities and the My Arms Wide Open programs.

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Nov 5, 2013

Partnering for Success

Pump Repairs
Pump Repairs

We are excited to share our latest project update and report with you. We have lots of activity taking place that supports the Bergnek Communities goals to create employment through the One Brick at a Time project.

As you know the project is not just about establishing a brick-making business in Bergnek. It's about establishing the brick-making project as an anchor in the community to create a sustainable business that generates revenue to support a whole host of initiatives within the Bergnek Community. These include:

  • An expanded, reliable and sustainable water source;
  • Water on demand for the community with increased distribution and access;
  • The Brick-making facility itself;
  • A healthcare centre; and
  • 5 additional ‘My World In a Garden®’ vertical veggie gardens.

Over the past few months we have been working hard to come to an agreement with Engineers Without Borders, in the United States as we reported earlier. We are very happy to report that we have completed the project planning paperwork and submissions. Our next step is to break the overall project, which is sizeable, down into three projects that will each be implemented in 2014 and 2015.  The chapter supporting the project is getting everything ready to present to Engineers Without Borders, USA for approval.

The commitment My Arms Wide Open has made is to raise 5% of the total costs of the over-arching project directly, in support of the community. That’s where we need your help and support. Please support the women and children of Bergnek and make a donation today. If you can make a recurring donation, that is greatly appreciated by the women and children of Bergnek.

Together, we can do this and support a highly disadvantaged community to sustain itself in the long term. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Nelson Mandella Day Celebrations with our kids!
Nelson Mandella Day Celebrations with our kids!

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Nov 5, 2013

GirlStuff is taking bigger steps

The Children we serve in Bergnek
The Children we serve in Bergnek

We are excited to share our latest project update and report with you. There is so much activity taking place that is supporting the GirlStuff business and the Bergnek Communities goals to create additional employment through the project.

In the past few months we have been very busy. We’ve acquired new customers and are working on a few more both in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The great news is that as we complete negotiations and secure the new contracts for longer term supply of the menstrual kits we will be able to employ more women in the Bergnek Community.

To support the business we also invested in getting the products tested by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and submitted our samples 2 months ago. Just this week we received the report back and passed, or as they put it ‘complied’, with flying colours, after making a couple of minor adjustments to increase absorbency.

As you might remember from our last report the GirlStuff business and Keabetswe where featured on television in South Africa. The pice was very well received and generated a number of new leads for us and supported some that we have been working on.

Here’s where we need your help: Next steps are for GirlStuff to increase capacity with the purchase of additional equipment, supplies and cash resources to support anticipated new contracts and orders.

Can you make a donation today and perhaps make it a recurring donation? The women and children of Bergnek are grateful for all of the support you have give them.

Thank you for your continued support of the women and children of the Bergnek Community and the My Arms Wide Open programs.

Packaging the products
Packaging the products

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