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."
Jul 28, 2016

GirlStuff partners with Xanopia to do more

Delegates from the meeting in KwaZulu Natal
Delegates from the meeting in KwaZulu Natal

A NEW PARTNERSHIP

In our previous update we shared the need to expand the GirlStuff business. We are delighted to announce a new partnership with an amazing group of people lead by Farzana Patel and her Xanopia organization. 

Xanopia works to provide a full turnkey solution to socio economic problems by empowering women to be in the forefront of the economic transformation and be agents of social change.  Xanopia is a business entity as well as an organization that aims at improving lives of women and children, mainly in disadvantaged areas.

Xanopia is a regional partner of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) for Africa.  This collaboration is seen as a significant step in achieving women’s economic empowerment in Africa and across the Commonwealth.

As a result of our partnership the GirlStuff Business has gained exposure to new opportunities and audiences. The most recent of which was a presentation to a large group of business, education and community leaders in KwaZula Natal. This is being followed by another meeting in Johannesburg. Take a look at some of the pictures we’ve included from the events. 

We will need help

As with any increase or business growth, especially a new and fledgling business like this, it will take an additional requirement for funds to get things to where they need to be to efficiently fill the new orders we have received.

Make a new donation today? Making a donation of $25 right now, will help children and families in need, in the Bergnek Community. Making it a recurring donation will support the girls of Bergnek all year long.

We really need your support!

Help make 2016 a BIG year for the GirlStuff Team and DONATE NOW! 

GRATITUDE

Whatever you decide, please do it today and pass along this message to your friends and family and anyone who might be able to help! The girls, women and children we serve extend a warm smile and heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your support. We are all grateful for your support.

With our deepest Gratitude,

The My Arms Wide Open Family of Communities

Members of the Xanopia team and partners
Members of the Xanopia team and partners
The presentation
The presentation
Jul 27, 2016

We need more opportunities to grow...

My World In a Garden
My World In a Garden

Who are the people working the gardens in Bergnek?

Meeting needs

In this update we would like to introduce you to meet one of the people in Bergnek, that benefits from My World In a Garden and histhoughts about the community he lives in and the aspirations he has for himself.

Rudolf S.

Where do you live Rudolf? Tell us about your family?

We live in a shack that is divided into two rooms that 5 of us live in. We have one parent and us four children. My mother is unemployed and has no income.

Do you work or do chores?

I am not working as I am staying in school to complete my grade 12. My chores are all about my family and so I am responsible for making sure my siblings all go to school. I also help the other children with their homework.

What are your skills? What would you like to do?

I am really good at teaching people mathematics and geography. I love to work with financial data

What are your goals?

When I grow up I want to become a Chartered Accountant. I will be really happy to see real business come to our community.

What is your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge is to be without opportunities and to come from disadvantaged families. We need more opportunities to come to our community. The GirlsStuff and the Gardens are a start but we need them to me more.

As you can tell, there is a long way to go in the community and the My World In a Garden, vertical gardens are but a start. The community desperately needs help to create additional opportunities and to make the gardens a viable and successful business.

How about making a new donation today? Making a donation of $25 right now, will help children and families in need, in the Bergnek Community. Making it a recurring donation will feed the children of Bergnek all year long.

This coming year we are determined to build three more walls in Bergnek at strategic locations in the community that enable the elderly community members to tend the walls and get their vegetables without too far of a walk.

Each wall costs around $3,500 to build, in rural South Africa. We really need your support!

Let’s keep the My World In a Garden vertical gardens growing in 2016 by DONATING NOW!                  

GRATITUDE

Whatever you decide, please do it today! The girls, women and children we serve extend a warm smile and heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your support. We are all grateful for your support.

With our deepest Gratitude,

The My Arms Wide Open Family of Communities

My House
My House
Jul 27, 2016

Progress report: More Water for More People

Bergnek Limpopo
Bergnek Limpopo

It really is happening! In this report we’d like to update you on the progress of the Bergnek Water Project.

The electrical lines have been installed for both new pumps. This was completed just a week ago. The next step is to finalize the contractor for the actual pump installations as well as securing the pumps in pump house like we did with our first pump. This will all take place during the first two weeks of September.

What’s happening on the ground

As we talk with member of the community, we realize how grateful and unbelievably patient the people of Bergnek are. They’ve waited a long time for the new pumps to be installed and the wells to be reactivated.

What you also realize though is that they want to continue creating opportunities and solving more problems. As Kholofelo, who desperately wants to become an electrician says;

‘I want people to have more access to good jobs. I think the next step of our project should be to get water in the house, so we can have water when we need it.’

 Samuel, who lives in the community with his family as well adds;

‘If we can get the right amount of water and make bricks I can have my dream of building good houses for the people.’

There is so much more to do and your generosity has helped get us to the point we are at now. Help us spread the word and take next steps.

Please. Donate.

What will water enable the Bergnek Community to do?

For the residents of Bergnek, getting access to enough water to meet basic needs will have a direct impact on child development, nutrition and better health. As we work alongside the community to increase capacity, with your help, they will be able to grow more food and ultimately build more homes, a health clinic and a brick making factory. All of this will create employment on the community and literally save lives.

Help make 2016 a great year for Bergnek and DONATE NOW!                  

The Bergnek community needs us to get this project done. We need a total of $5,000 to get the full funding released for the project.

GRATITUDE

Whatever you decide, please do it today! The girls, women and children we serve extend a warm smile and heartfelt ‘thank you’ for your support. We are all grateful for your support.

With our deepest Gratitude,

The My Arms Wide Open Family of Communities

Waiting for Water
Waiting for Water
 
   

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