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My World in a Garden - Sister Walls

by My Arms Wide Open
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My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
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My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls
My World in a Garden - Sister Walls

'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

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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.

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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!

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Preparing the soil for the wall
Preparing the soil for the wall

It's raining

Right now, in Bergnek it's the spring rainy season and it's time to get the gardens growing again after the long dry winter. We technically started preparations at the beginning of October and I can't believe it's already November. Time moves so quickly and yet we still have little tummies to fill with good healthy food. 

It may be raining in Bergnek, right now, but that water goes away really quickly as the summer approaches in just 6 short weeks in the southern hemisphere. As we wrote in the last update, The My World in a Garden vertical vegetable gardens are so important to produce food in small spaces and where there is either a dire shortage of water or a huge excess of water. The gardens also provide the food needed to support the young girls and young women in our GirlStuffPeriod.org programs, as you know, and the continued support of the program is vital in the lives of the people we work alongside and serve.

#DontTalkTakeAction

We're using the #DontTalkTakeAction hashtag to promote our yearend giving cycle and you are key in the process. Refer us to your friends, family and co-workers. If you have a corporate giving program at work where you can make a donation through your company, please, make that donation to the families of the My Arms Wide Open communities. #DontTalkTakeAction

How many My World In a Garden walls does it take to feed 1,000 children?

The answer is simple. We can properly feed one hundred and fifty (150) children from each forty-foot (40') wall and that means we need seven (7) of those to get healthy food to all the kids in Bergnek. We've become really GREAT at building our My World in a Garden vertical gardens and can now build a wall with all the drip systems and plants for just under $2,000. Guess what? we need 6 more, so we are looking to raise $12,000 before yearend.

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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 One Brick at a Time 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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It's ALWAYS about a kid
It's ALWAYS about a kid

An update from the field

It's winter in South Africa, and we are starting to prepare for spring at the end of September, early October. The My World in a Garden vertical vegetable gardens are so important to produce food in small spaces and where there is either a dire shortage of water or a huge excess of water. The gardens also provide the food needed to support the young girls and young women in our GirlStuffPeriod.org programs, as you know, and the continued support of the program is vital in the lives of the people we work alongside and serve.

Word Gets Around

I have been advising on other agricultural and community projects in other parts of the world In Cambodia the vertical gardens are attracting attention for their ability to get the vegetable plants off the ground and under cover. Why is this so important? Well in the monsoon season parts of Asia, including Cambodia, have so much water, the plants drown. the vertical garden concept can enable smallholder Cambodian farmers to grow produce even in the monsoon season, because their crops will be above the flooding they experience each year during a monsoon.

The polar opposite problem our farmers experience in South Africa and yet the same solution. 

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 One Brick at a Time 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 World in a Garden Update

We are winding down another season in South Africa, and it is time for us to start planning for the spring season in October this year… yes, Bergnek is in the other hemisphere from Canada, the UK and the US.

There has been a lot going on this past season, that has a direct impact on our gardens and the need for more of them. The drought and water scarcity in South Africa, have been a critical issue for not only rural communities, but city communities as well. In Bergnek, the garden has been challenged even more so, as we have waited for Eskom, the power utility in South Africa, to prioritize the community and get the power turned on to the new pump that was installed on the 3rdwell. Ah! Life in Africa!

In March we participated in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign March 1-15, and we had some very good participation, and this month we are participating in the Mother’s Day Challenge, which ends next weekend. The women of Bergnek have set some wonderful goals for themselves in the 2018 year, and as a result we will have a greater need for new My World in a Garden, food walls. You already know that when we help girls get back to school through the GirlStuffPeriod.org programs, the biggest challenge we have is then keeping them in school, and providing fresh food goes a long way to them staying in school through Grade 12.

Key Goals

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!

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Building Gardens provides Food and Education
Building Gardens provides Food and Education

Where is the water?

You may have seen the news about the City of Cape Town in South Africa, running out of water within the next 60-90 days. Yes! Just 60 DAYS!! It is a scary thought, especially when they are predicting that most of South Africa will run out of water in the next 17 years. and it is not just South Africa, this is happening worldwide.

More than ever, the efforts to secure water sources in the community of Bergnek, is at the top of our priority list. The water not only supplies residents with water for drinking and sponge baths, it also supplies our vertical and other gardens with the water needed to grow food and help keep girls in school. 

Bergnek is fortunate enough to have water sources available, all we have to do is get them activated and that's where you come in, in helping the community install alternative power sources to get the pumps running. With that in mind I'd thought I'd share the notes from the most recent Community Water Council meeting in Bergnek.

Timing

In our last meeting with the water council and project team, we had some important updates. Every two weeks we meet with the Bergnek Water Council on a conference call and then once a quarter we have a more significant update and discussion to address any challenges that have arisen for the community. 

Agenda: Project Status & Updates – Next Steps

  • Looking at alternatives for power source – Due to ESKOM's lengthy delays (12-14 months) we may need to use solar panels to power the pump and return the transformer back to ESKOM. -- Warren
  • To stay abreast of progress, it is necessary for us to schedule more group calls. as opposed to the direct calls to individual members of the Bergnek Water and Maintenance Councils. There are personal costs to having the conference call, whether that is for airtime or data on their cell phones, so we need to be creative in how we achieve this.
  • Skype call might be better – if they have data.
  • If the community/MAWO assigns a person from the community, EWB- Central Houston can call them on a regular basis to get the updates. Receiving calls are free.
  • We need to know weekly if all the tanks are being filed up a formal log needs to be maintained that indicates how much water are people able to get now compared to before. Isaac should handle the system logs, as he is the person most involved. Isaac, Josef, & Japi are operating the system with Pete assisting them.
  • Currently only one transformer is working (other side of the road is not working) - Contact ESKOM and Polokwane Maintenance.
  • Pump update: When the electrical pump is working, it is running with the timer for 12 hours. After 12 hours, it fills “1.5 bars” (~38,000 liters) on the tank. The old electrical pump (751) fills 1 bar of the tank – With the help of the diesel pump (611) (next to the electrical pump), the rest of the tank can be filled in an additional 12 hours.
  • Big tank gets full in 1 day (24 hours)
  • It is possible to have more than 2 water runs for a week but most of the taps do not close and the water gets wasted on the ground, so the community is running the pumps with less time. We need to have distribution system checked and maintained.
  • The pulleys are not working for the smaller tanks, so they are not being used.
  • Keith will give EWBCH new contact information for community members to call.
  • Shasi will organize the next call with the community member(s) after receiving the contact information.

Giving you insight into the process

I thought I'd share this information with you all to give you a broader context and insight into what happens in the communities we support. Although the community members work diligently to ensure projects are kept on track and the daily and weekly work is being done, they often times are met with challenges outside of their control or influence.

When we are invited into communities, we make a long-term commitment to work alongside them. We do this because there is no quick fix to the issues they face. The solutions take time to implement and time for us to train and update training for community members as they learn new skills and we move to the next stages of the initiatives and 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 One Brick at a Time 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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Project Leader:
Warren Te Brugge
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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