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My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period

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My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period
The ladies
The ladies

It's fall in the southern hemisphere and as our children in North America are really excited that summer holidays are about to begin, in Southern Africa our children are into the swing of the new school year, that runs from late January through early December.

Why is the fall, or autumn, as it is known down south, such an important time? Well, with school only having just started up for the year, we want to keep as many girls as we can, that are working on grade 8 and above, in school so that they don't miss any opportunities that are sure to be presented at schools across South Africa during the school year.

What does that mean?

What Rainet, Queen, Suzie, and Anna will tell you is that they have personally experienced what happens when you are not at school as a girl in South Africa because you couldn’t afford food every day, let alone the cost of menstrual supplies. Here are some of their thoughts on from a recent call we did. Here’s what Suzie had to say:

“When I was at school If fell so far behind because we are poor, and I had to miss school when my period came because we had no money for tampons or pads. I fell so far behind because I couldn’t understand what the others had learned when I was away. Eventually, I stopped going to school because I felt I was not smart enough. 

I learned now, that it wasn’t my fault, but it was still my life and what happened. I’m happy now, I am one of the people in GirlStuffPeriod because I can help other girls and I feel good about my work.”

                                                      - Suzie, GirlStuffPeriod.org -

People living on other continents in developed countries don’t understand what girls go through in developing countries, because their privileged circumstance gets them or gives them all the basic things they need and take for granted. 

Queen added to the conversation: 

“A lot of people look at us and say we are not so good. Really, we are good, and we work hard too. I have three little children and I love them so much; I will do anything and everything to help them. I wish I had a chance to learn more. More about me, but I did what others said was a way to have a little bit of money and I got pregnant so I could get the money from the government. I want my children to have a better chance.” 

                                                         - Queen, GirlStuffPeriod.org -

These are talented and very smart young women, who haven’t had the opportunities they deserve and that is what the My Arms Wide Open team, strives to do. Give girls more opportunities to learn, thrive and grow. 

Take a look at Rainet, Queen, Suzie, and Anna’s site at GirlStuffPeriod[dot]org and see their work. 

Each of the Bergnek ladies wants a chance to be successful, they have the potential. Help us to help them, please.

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#DontTalkTakeAction

There are multiple ways for you to help and support girls in the program and we are counting on you and the people you know to take action.

Share your Excitement

We ask that you forward this project report to 2 friends or begin your own fundraising page for the cause here on GlobalGiving.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and for all you, as a donor, have already done to create positive change in the Bergnek community, and are always grateful for you our supporters, and especially for those of you who give to the GirlStuffPeriod project every month. Thank you for your contributions, your messages and for sharing the work we do with the wonderful people of Bergnek. We appreciate you and the people of Bergnek most certainly do too. 

We won't give up on the communities we serve, and we know you won't either!

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I am Rainet. I.AM.WOMAN.
I am Rainet. I.AM.WOMAN.

A message from Rainet:

My name is Rainet Katjedi, and I was born in Bergnek. I still live in Bergnek, with all the challenges and hard times we have, because this is where my family is. We are a big family, with my Grandfather, my mom, brothers and sisters and my aunts. We all live together so that we can support each other, to survive. 

Our life is hard and sometimes very harsh, but we keep working. In 2011 I was lucky to meet My Arms Wide Open, and Mr. Warren. He is like a dad for me. I remember we all did the course together, to learn how to think about our problems and how to help ourselves. I was really lucky because me and my friends got the idea to make the menstruation supplies for the girls to come back to school. Not all of us had a chance, but us 8 did. We are working hard to make this business profit and grow. While we do it we make the pads for girls and it helps them stay in the school and learn maths and science. We have learned we can do it and we can be successful. 

Come to our site at GirlStuffPeriod[dot]org and see our work. Each time we work, we get more professional.

Each of us Bergnek ladies want a chance to be successful, we learned we have lots of potential. Help us to help some more girls, please.

Thank you

Rainet

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#DontTalkTakeAction

There are multiple ways for you to help and support girls in the program and we are counting on you and the people you know to take action.

Share your Excitement

We ask that you forward this project report to 2 friends or begin your own fundraising page for the cause here on GlobalGiving.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and for all you, as a donor, have already done to create positive change in the Bergnek community, and are always grateful for you our supporters, and especially for those of you who give to the GirlStuff.Period project every month. Thank you for your contributions, your messages and for sharing the work we do with the wonderful people of Bergnek. We appreciate you and the people of Bergnek most certainly do too. 

We won't give up on the communities we serve, and we know you won't either!

'Tis the Season to be Jolly!

We've worked hard to keep things moving in our rural and local communities this year. You may have seen our messages when we participated in the GlobalGiving matching campaign recently as well as the messages we've sent you throughout the year.

We are using this report to let you know that we are grateful for your support all year long and it is because of people like you that we are able to do the work we do. Our team is small, and our hearts are BIG! We know, from our own personal experiences growing up as girls in rural Africa, what it feels like not to have access to basic healthcare support, food and water, and so we give you a BIG thank you for helping us to make progress towards solving these problems for the members of the Bergnek Community.

Keabetswe and the rest of the Bergnek Community Foundation and My Arms Wide Open teams in South Africa

#DontTalkTakeAction

There are multiple ways for you to help and support the program and we are counting on you and the people you know to take action.

Share your Excitement

We ask that you forward this project report to 2 friends or begin your own fundraising page for the cause here on GlobalGiving.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and for all you, as a donor, have already done to create positive change in the Bergnek community, and are always grateful for you our supporters, and especially for those of you who give to the Community projects every year, and for sharing the work we do with the wonderful people of Bergnek. We appreciate you and the people of Bergnek most certainly do too. 

We won't give up on the communities we serve, and we know you won't either!

Rainet
Rainet

In our last update, we talked about the new website for GirlStuff.Period. Have you had a chance to take a look at it yet? You can find it at GirlStuffPeriod[dot]org. 

The mission of GirlStuffPeriod is to support girls by providing them with the menstrual products they need to be able to stay in school and this be exposed to the same opportunities boys in schools are. 

Where it started

The GirlStuffPeriod #PadsAgainstBullying program started in support of the Sebotsi combined school, which is the only school in the Bergnek community, however the program has also provided pads to schools in Soweto, Cradock and other areas in South Africa.

Key component: Your Support

This year we want to bring our menstrual kits to more girls in need over the holiday season and the ladies of GirlStuffPeriod, Suzie, Queen, Rainet and their team, are gearing up to support up to 5,000 girls over the next few months leading into the holidays and when girls return to school in January.

Key component: Food

In support of #PadsAgainstBullying, we have recently begun a project to build an additional ‘My World in a Garden’, vertical vegetable garden at one of the schools. This is important, as having food available for girls to take home is a key component of the program, because the girls are responsible for gathering food for families and if we didn't provide access to some food, they would not be able to attend school fulltime.

KeyComponent: #DontTalkTakeAction

This is an exciting update and as you can see there are multiple ways for you to help and support girls in the program and we are counting on you and the people you know to take action.

Share your Excitement

We ask that you forward this project report to 2 friends or begin your own fundraising page for the cause here on GlobalGiving.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and for all you, as a donor, have already done to create positive change in the Bergnek community, and are always grateful for you our supporters, and especially for those of you who give to the GirlStuff.Period project every month. Thank you for your contributions, your messages and for sharing the work we do with the wonderful people of Bergnek. We appreciate you and the people of Bergnek most certainly do too. 

We won't give up on the communities we serve, and we know you won't either!

Loading menstrual kits for dustribution
Loading menstrual kits for dustribution

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The GirlStuff.Period business is Growing

As we let you all know in our last update, the GirlStuffPeriod.org website is up and running and we are now working on marketing the site to help the GirlStuff.Period team land more sales and grow the business by bringing in new customers and referrals from our on-line and social networking marketing efforts.

Making some updates

The team is excited about the new site and the new opportunities it brings to grow the business. As part of this the team is looking at creating some new designs and potential new products related to the current menstrual kit line. As a loyal supporter of the GirlStuffPeriod business and team, we will be sure to give you a sneak preview before we go to market with any new products and designs. Look out for our updates and newsletters.

Share your Excitement

We ask that you forward this project report to 2 friends or begin your own fundraising page for the cause here on GlobalGiving.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and for all you, as a donor, have already done to create positive change in the Bergnek community, and are always grateful for you our supporters, and especially for those of you who give to the GirlStuff.Period project every month. Thank you for your contributions, your messages and for sharing the work we do with the wonderful people of Bergnek. We appreciate you and the people of Bergnek most certainly do too. 

We won't give up on the communities we serve, and we know you won't either!

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My Arms Wide Open

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Warren Te Brugge
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