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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
The new equipment and machines arrive in Bergnek
The new equipment and machines arrive in Bergnek

Things are happening in a BIG way

Things are starting to happen in a BIG way at GirlStuff.Period, in South Africa. With the assistance of our donors and supporters like you, we have made progress in the setting up of the business, equipment purchases and we are participating in the Lunapads.com and AFRIPads #Pads4Oprah campaign. See the details below. The My Arms Wide Open® team works as a volunteer organization supporting the causes and the initiatives identified by the communities themselves that we are invited into. Without the financial support that each of you, our donors, provide our work would be that much more difficult and we would have to wait to assist the people we do. We are grateful for each of you and all of our supporters.

New Equipment, Empowering the Women of Bergnek

Good News!! This month we have been able to put the first of the equipment needs in place in Bergnek.

Working with our global network of supporters we were able to make additional purchases and expand marketing this month. We have added:

  • An additional industrial sewing machine;
  • An industrial surger; and
  • A shrink wrap machine for the packaging of our the GirlStuff.Period Menstrual Kits.
  • Produced the flyer's, instructions and business cards for the business.


The new machines now put us into a position to begin producing and finishing our own products. Up to know GirlStuff.Period has been working to perfect making the menstrual kits and having them finished by third parties as we did not yet have a surger. Now they are in a position to complete the entire production process on their own. We already have orders coming in and are receiving support from some large organizations across the country. 

Pads4Oprah

With the support of LunaPads.com and AFRIPads, My Arms Wide Open and GirlStuff.Period are participating in an international campaign to get the attention of Oprah Winfrey and the OWN network. We believe that with the support of Oprah Winfrey's and her organizations in Canada and the US we can have a direct and powerful impact on the lives of thousands of girls and women in many developing countries. Watch for our campaigns and news releases as well as pictures and video's of our activities. This month in South Africa we will be distributing 400 kits to girls in rural and urban schools in South Africa and we ask you to spread the news and re-tweet with the tags #Pads4Oprah #GirlStuffPeriod #MyArmsWideOpen #Lunapads and #AFRIPads

Let's keep our GirlStuff.Period program moving and GROWING

The funding we have to date has certainly allowed us to move forward, however we still need your support. Please pass the word around, get friends involved, and get involved directly if you choose to, as a volunteer and experience it for yourself.

 


Setting up
Setting up
Our Campaign #Pads4Oprah
Our Campaign #Pads4Oprah
Bergnek GirlStuff.Period Kit Recipients
Bergnek GirlStuff.Period Kit Recipients

Thank you! for your gracious and generous support of GirlStuff.Period in the GlobalGiving Girl Effect Challenge 2012!!

The My Arms Wide Open team works as a volunteer group to support the causes and the initiatives identified by the communities we are invited into, to work with. Without the financial support that each of you provide, our work would be that much more difficult and we would have to wait to assist the people we do. We are grateful for you and all of supporters.

Although we did not achieve the results we wanted in the 2012 Girl Effect Challenge we did receive contributions and donations from over 80 people like you in the month of November. As a result of your generosity we will be in a position to add at least one used surger (over locker) to the GirlStuff.Period business in Bergnek, Limpopo in the New Year.

Although the Girl Effect Challenge 2012 is over, we certainly are not done yet and are continuing to seek out and find new donations to get the women of Bergnek, Limpopo all they need to build GirlStuff.Period into a strong and sustainable women owned and operated community business.  

Each contribution gets the women of Bergnek closer to realizing their goal and if you are considering making monthly donations to a cause, we urge you to make a monthly donation to GirlStuff.Period. Remember all it takes is $10 to give 2 girls the opportunity to positively change their lives and get the education they deserve.

Thank you for the support you have already given GirlStuff.Period

From each of our families at My Arms Wide Open and the women of Bergnek, we wish you a very happy and blessed holiday season!!

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The Girls of Bergnek
The Girls of Bergnek

We have just returned from a trip to Bergnek, Limpopo in South Africa which was extremely successful.

Gratitude

We are grateful for each of you, our supporters and donors, in this initial phase of the project. We are also so grateful for Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens, co-founders of Lunapads.com® and Pads4Girls, who have not only contributed financially to the women and girls of Bergnek, they have also been an inspiration and wonderful mentors in supporting the women of Bergnek and My Arms Wide Open every step of the way without hesitation to get GirlStuff.Period up and running. 

The initial phase of the project has been to supply pre-made kits to the girls in the community of Bergnek and a small inventory, while teaching the women of Bergnek how to make the menstrual kits and run their business. This first order of 250 kits and the starting inventory were supplied through the generous donations of our supporters and the wonderful people at Pads4Girls affiliate, AFRIPads, in Uganda.

As with each of the community businesses My Arms Wide Open® supports, we are committed to working right along side GirlStuff.Period for a minimum of 5 years to ensure they have the support and skills they need to create and sustain a successful business, a community-based business that makes and supplies washable, reusable menstrual products so that young girls can stay in school.

People are talking

We’ve been spreading the word with the people we meet and talk to and have already received commitments of support from the Polokwane regional councilor, July Mokwenjama and the teachers in the local schools. In addition to that we have already started receiving orders from a number of people and organizations for GirlStuff.Period Menstrual Kits. The demand is here and very evident.

How can you help?

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There are still needs. My Arms Wide Open has been able to provide GirlStuff.Period with the raw materials and supplies to manufacture approximately 1,000 menstrual kits working with the machinery they currently have.

In order for GirlStuff.Period to be able to build a sustainable business that can meet the demand in the local market they need the funds to do the following:

  • Supply an additional 2,500 menstrual kits
  • Purchase 2 more industrial sewing machines
  • Purchase 2 industrial surgers (over-locking) machines
  • Purchase raw materials • Marketing support
  • Lease or build their own work space

Thank you for your continued support. Your contributions have made a significant difference in the lives of the girls in Bergnek already. Keep spreading the word so that the women of Bergnek can fully establish a sustainable businesses of their own to supply menstrual kits to girls and women across South Africa.

Please forward this message and join our mailing list to stay updated.

Bergnek School Pads4Girls
Bergnek School Pads4Girls
Learning to make menstrual kits GirlStuff.Period
Learning to make menstrual kits GirlStuff.Period

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Since our last update we have made real progress!!

We are in discussions with another Pads4Girls partner in Africa who will now supply our first Pads4Girls kits at a much lower cost than we first anticipated. Initially we believed that each kit would cost us $30. In the last two weeks we have learned that by working with one of the Pads4Girls partners we will be able to reduce our costs to under $15 enabling us to support twice as many girls with the funds we have raised to date, with your support.

The really exciting part of the news is that we are also going to be training two groups to manufacture the pads and underwear themselves and distribute them to other communities in South Africa.

This development will not only help us keep girls in school because they have the menstrual supplies they need it will also provide much needed employment within the communities of Bergnek, Limpopo and Cradock, Eastern Cape.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

- Nelson Mandela

Please help us by forwarding this update to friends, family and people you believe could help using e-mail or social media. Every message and action helps the communities we serve with your support to create the future they want for themselves and their families.

Open your Heart - Be a Part of the Solution

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Grade 5, 6, and 7 girls in Cradock South Africa
Grade 5, 6, and 7 girls in Cradock South Africa

We are happy to report that our Pads4Girls Program has received some additional support from our supplier and collaborator, Lunapads.com, who have committed to $1,000 to support our overall goal!! This generous support will allow us to make the first delivery of menstrual products to 50 girls in the community of Bergnek in the near future. 

We need your help in spreading he word and putting out the message on Social Media to help us pick up momentum on Facebook and Twitter (@MyArmsWideOpen) - see the links below and go to the profiles and "Like" us or "Friend" as and send out a message asking your friends to support the program.

A BIG part of this program is about creating opportunity. Opportunities for young women who have the ability to change the way they see themselves and their communities. Opportunities for them to create the future they want for themselves and their children. To do that, the first step is to support them in every way we can to complete their schooling. In addition to that we provide them with other programs to build belief in themselves and add skills, which include our Iziko Labahlali program. You can find more information on the My Arms Wide Open website under the Cause: "My Mentor My Coach".

Ultimately we want to provide the opportunity for the girls we are supporting to create a business around Pads4Girls and produce the products they need locally. This will enable them to be able to produce the same quality for a lower price and create a sustainable business.

Please spread the word and help to keep girls in school. We are grateful for your continued support.

A Community Circle discussion in Bergnek
A Community Circle discussion in Bergnek

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My Arms Wide Open

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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Warren Te Brugge
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