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
It's for me
It's for me

You've heard us talk about how important having access to good, nutritious food is, to breaking the cycle of poverty for many rural communities and communities in the developing world is before. We're taking the next steps in connecting the access to that food to the sustainability of the community itself, by creating economic activity around our vertical food gardens, named My World in a Garden. 

It's a system

My World in a Garden is connected directly to the GirlStuff.Period project because the menstrual kits get girls back to school, and it’s the food from our gardens that keep girls in school after they return.

The connecting key to making these projects work, is water.

Without water, we can't grow the gardens and without water our girls can't wash their reusable, washable menstrual pads to help keep themselves healthy. So, as you can see, it's all connected. Each of the projects and initiatives we are running and supporting for the long term, give the women and children in the community a hand up and a way to earn money from what they are doing to help themselves, their families and their community ultimately grow and thrive.

It's a long road, and it's worth it

By connecting the gardens to the other activities in the community it reminds people of how important each aspect is. As Maria, one of ladies that works in GirlStuff.Period and also helped build the first vertical garden in Bergnek says, "I'm not just a worker or a gardener, I'm a nourisher, a care-giver, and I love all the children in my community because I was once them, and I didn't have someone to look after me." 

If you look at the other causes in My Arms Wide Open you'll see how each contributes to this project, My World in a Garden - Sister Walls, and how we're listening to the community and addressing the needs they have prioritized. The latest projects here on GlobalGiving are 'Pads AGAINST Bullying' and ‘A health Clinic for 1,200 Women and Children’ and they each have an aspect that connects them back to the My World in a Garden – Sister Walls project such as in the case of the Bergnek Clinic, the water catchment system will support another Vertical Garden and the number of vertical gardens will thus grow again and feed more children.

We ask that you at least take a look our other projects and perhaps forward the projects 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 My World in a Garden -  Sister Walls 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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For The Children
For The Children

We've been asked on a number of occasions why our support in communities is so focused on girls and women. As you already know, from reading our past reports, there is a direct connection between our GirlStuff.Period project and this project, My World in a Garden - Sister Walls. You might remember, we learned to connect the two projects on the ground, when we realized we could get girls back in school but needed to connect them with the food their families needed in order to keep them in school.

To answer the question posed in the subject of this report, I'd like to share some information with you as to why the focus we have is so important for developing and struggling communities.

This is what else we've learned

What we’ve learned first-hand, in our time in communities and international development, is that when we invest in women there is a substantially bigger benefit to the overall community than when we invest the same resources in men. This is supported by decades of development data from around the world. 

According to the OECD.org, women’s economic participation and their ownership and control of productive assets speeds up development, helps overcome poverty, reduces inequalities and improves children’s nutrition, health, and school attendance. Women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men.

With even a few years of primary education, women have better economic prospects, fewer and healthier children, and better chances of sending their own children to school. If girls’ education continues to secondary level, they will be better equipped to make informed choices about their lives.

As a part of this, keeping girls in school is critical to development outcomes and the sustainable success of development efforts. With even a few years of primary education, women have better economic prospects, fewer and healthier children, and better chances of sending their own children to school. If girls’ education continues to secondary level, they will be better equipped to make informed choices about their lives.

Agents of Change

Women are agents of change in their families, communities and countries. Increasing the voice and participation of women in politics is essential for advancing issues of importance to women on national agendas, with benefits for both women and men.

As a global family, it is in all of our best interests to help and support girls to become contributing members of their communities and the future leaders in the countries. Girls in Africa are not asking us to do it all for them, they are simply asking us all to help them be afforded the same opportunities boys are.

Let’s help Girls in Africa. Spread the word. Educate your Friends and Family. Donate today.

It's about a girl
It's about a girl
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Thank you for helping feed me
Thank you for helping feed me

Where did we go?

It's been a while since we last communicated through our GG Portal and we want to apologize for the extended absence. Unfortunately, our server was hijacked last year and it took as some time to recover it. Good news is, we are back on track and have put additional security measures in place to prevent that happening again and at the same time we also had our web site updated. Take a look and see what you think. We'd love your feedback and insights.

Since we last had a chance to send you an update the Bergnek Community gardeners have been working hard on increasing production and looking at new opportunities. The most exciting of which, is an opportunity the gardeners uncovered to be able to purchase a plot of land adjacent to the community.

Why is that so exciting, you ask?

Well, with water regulations in South Africa, you can't transport water across property lines without a special permit, however if the community acquires the land they not only get more land to work with, they also get a really sustainable and reliable water source that can supply both their crops and the community, because after the acquisition It will be a contiguous part of the community. With water scarcity being top of mind for so many in Africa, this is a big win. Our next project is to help the agricultural team in Bergnek compete the acquisition, and we’ll be sure to keep you, our wonderful supporters and donors, in the loop on developments.

More to come

There is a lot more to come, as you can hear and your generosity has helped get us to the point we are at now. Help us spread the word and take next steps. Please consider forwarding this report to at least 2 of your friends and family.

You should be proud of how you’ve helped the Bergnek Community. We think you are each, pretty amazing!

Help make 2017 another great year for Bergnek

When our server was hijacked we were extremely fortunate to receive the we donation needed to get The Bergnek Water Project done. Now we are moving on to the next phases of the project that deal with healthcare and small business.

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. Please remember to forward this report to at least 2 of your friends and family. 

With our deepest Gratitude,

The My Arms Wide Open Family of Communities

P.S. Watch for us on GlobalGiving Bonus Day, July 14, 2017

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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

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Franz and his crew in the small plot
Franz and his crew in the small plot

Meeting needs

As we enter winter and complete this growing season fro now, Franz who heads up the My World In a Garden, Bergnek operation is looking to increase engagement in the community as well as production. He's doing that with a very limited budget and so diversifying the methods used to grow food have been playing a big part in his strategy.

Open beds

This year he tried some open beds to take advantage of the land available while being extremely conscious of the very low water supply.

"Although our success with our wall has been good, I decided to try some open bed plots this year, while we still have some rainfall, to increase our production without putting any additional strain on our very limited water supply", says Franz. "The good news is we are able to do a small plot and attract more people in the village to get involved", adds Franz.

Strategy for the Spring and rainy season in October

Franz has been thinking about how to increase production enough to create a surplus over the needs of the community, so that he can turn the My World In a Garden undertaking into a viable business. This is important if he is to turn the project into a sustainable business and not just keep it as a ‘garden pantry’ for the community.

We are impressed at how well Franz designs his strategy and how conscious he is of not just get output but creating the outputs originally designed into the program. The outcomes included a sustainable business and employment for 3-7 full time people. Franz is well on his way.

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 Franz growing in 2016 by DONATING 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, men 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

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