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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
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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GirlStuff.Period New Logo
GirlStuff.Period New Logo

GirlStuff.Period Update

It's time to give you an update on the work we are doing In GirlStuff.Period.

In March we participated in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign March 1-15, and although we had some very good participation, we did not achieve our goal of landing in the top 4, to receive additional funds from the campaign. Nonetheless we are still able to move ahead with some of the goals the ladies of GirlStuff.Period in Bergnek have set for themselves in the 2018 year.

It's not over

The exciting part is that for Mother’s Day we get another chance to achieve our current goals in the GlobalGiving Mother’s Day Campaign, running May 1-13, 2018.

Here's what the ladies of Bergnek would like to achieve, with your support of course, this year. The key goals the GirlStuff.Period team has set for this year are:

  1. To grow the business to a point where it turns the corner on sustainability, and;
  2. To grow revenues and profits enough to be able to distribute 5,000 menstrual pads every school semester to young girls in South Africa.

What will this achieve for the Girls in South Africa that need GirlStuff.Period’s help? It helps to:

  • End bullying at school for girls
  • Educate them on health and family planning
  • Give them access to food daily via the My World, My Garden program
  • Finds them employment within and outside GirlStuff.Period
  • Build successful businesses via the My Business, My Community program
  • Teach them how to give back to their communities 
  • Make underdeveloped communities in South Africa sustainable 

Taking The Next Step

The exciting news is that, as a result of your efforts and support, we have been working hard behind the scenes to develop the website for GirlStuff.Period, and it has now been launched and is official. Join our newsletter here to get more news about what we are doing in each of the My Arms Wide Open projects.

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!

Opportunities
Opportunities

We're bringing in partners

We've really only just begun our work on the Pads Against Bullying (PAB) project, which is an off shoot of our GirlStuff.Period initiative, and we are already seeing some great interest from partners and organizations in our network. We talked about this opportunity last month in the PAB initiative, and feel it is important that all of our supporters are aware of the potential impact this program can offer for the girls and women in the communities we serve.

Last month, iCollege, a Cape Town based college course provider has given the students and people unemployed in Bergnek the opportunity to do a college course in Polokwane, that is 45km away from Bergnek, for free. We are speaking to the kids in the community and seeing who'd like to apply for the courses.

iCollege offers accredited and skills-based training with National SETA accredited courses and International courses and is a Member of the Association of Private Providers of Education, Training and Development, in South Africa.

Goal Setting

An added benefit to this opportunity is that it gives the kids currently working to graduate an added incentive to do well in their upcoming year end exams, so that they qualify for the courses and receive the scholarship.

More Opportunities for Girls

We will be raising the funds to support the kids transport to and from the campus daily as part of the Pads Against Bullying project campaign, as the goal of the project is to help keep girls in school and offer them more opportunities to thrive and change their circumstances.

NEW: Web Site for GirlStuff.Period

Towards the end of this month look for our announcement and launch GirlStuff.Period's very own web site. We are excited and the women of GirlStuff.Period are even more so.

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 always grateful for you our supporters, and especially for those of you who give to the Pads Against Bullying 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, and we know that you won’t either!

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It's about girls rights to the same opportunities

We're Expanding our Reach

This quarter we're excited to be taking next steps and have increased our awareness campaigns on both Google Ads and in Social Media. What we are doing to create awareness of this important project and the GirlStuff.Period business is to address the issues girls face separately, so that they don’t get lost in the 'noise'. 

A Conversation with Anna

You've heard from Anna, the face of GirlStuff.Period and about her story in some of our previous reports. This past month while talking to her, we got into a conversation about the issues girls face. Anna, made some interesting comments regarding the issues. She noted that when we talk about ALL the issues, it's as if one becomes more important or less important than another. There just seems to be too much going on. Anna, feels we should deal with one at a time because they are all important in a girl’s life, and each has a real impact on self-esteem and a girls’ performance at school or at home, away from school. She's speaking from her own experience and we agree.

Where to Start?

We asked Anna to pick a topic she felt was a good one to start with and she chose bullying as she felt, from her personal perspective that if the bullying was dealt with, she would have at least had a chance to deal with the others one by one after that. Anna, is not a girl that gives up very easily and so if she feels this way, what about girls who feel less confident than she does?

Pads AGAINST Bullying

This discussion has resulted in our first new campaign here on GlobalGiving called, 'Pads AGAINST Bullying', and we ask that you look out for our ads and blogs related to the campaign and forward them to friends or begin your own fundraising page for the cause here on GlobalGiving.

We 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 people like Anna. We appreciate you and Anna most certainly does.

 

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