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One brick at a time

by My Arms Wide Open
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GirlStuffPeriod.org
GirlStuffPeriod.org

Basic needs aren't being met for girls

Each of the projects we undertake, revolves around a common theme. Women and Girls. The biggest challenge we face in our experience is not just striving for and attaining equality, it is more importantly equity in how equal opportunities and changes are applied.

GirlStuffPeriod.org and Pads against Bullying support girls getting back into school, by providing menstrual supplies they don’t have and can’t afford. Think about it this way; If you can't afford food every day, why would you be able to afford menstrual supplies?

My World in a Garden helps keep them in school by providing some of the food they need and otherwise would have to go out and find. The health clinic provides support for girls, expectant mothers, mothers, children and other community members. One Brick at a Time helps to create employment, focused on women in the community.

It's Fall in the Southern Hemisphere

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 because we didn't get our school. 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!

Getting the pump ready for moving water
Getting the pump ready for moving water

Each of our projects revolves around a common theme. Women. GirlStuffPeriod.org and Pads against Bullying support girls getting back into school, by providing menstrual supplies they don’t have or can’t afford. My World in a Garden helps keep them in school by providing the food they need. The health clinic provides support for girls, expectant mothers, mothers, children and other community members. One Brick at a Time helps to create employment, focused on women.  

In this report we are sharing Rainet's story with you.

I can be successful. I am a woman

Rainet has been living in Bergnek since it was established by the ANC government in 1996, when the government moved farm workers off the farms into their own towns and villages.

Rainet wanted to share why she lives in Bergnek and has remained there.

We can be successful

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. Remember $1 = R13. You can help for just $15.

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.

Rainet K.

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#DontTalkTakeAction #GirlPower

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!

It really is about these little people
It really is about these little people

Since our last update, we've been very busy making some noise through our 5 Day Challenge initiative to raise money for the community clinic, under the One Brick at a Time program.

The year is coming to an end fast and you will see more information from us on our activities to support initiatives within the Bergnek Community. Like any community there is more than one need and right now we're focusing on the clinic, which as you know from previous updates is linked to so much more within the community.

5 Day Challenge

The MAWO Clinic Challenge started this week, and the goal is to raise $3,000 in 5 days to save 1,000 children by building the health clinic in Bergnek.

The health clinic has been one of our top priorities in Bergnek, South Africa to help give the community the necessary support that they need to cure life-threatening diseases and move towards sustainability.

What does the clinic do for Bergnek?

My Arms Wide Open will provide a healthcare clinic within the community that can provide basic healthcare for children, pre- and post-natal care and birthing support; the community will not have to suffer the loss of more children and can give other children basic healthcare to grow up healthier.

Having a clinic in the community will provide healthcare to 1,800 community members, of which 1,200 are women and children. It will also help to ensure that the 50 children born in the community each year arrive healthy and have the services needed to help keep them healthy.

What if you were born in Bergnek?

Picture yourself living in a rural community that is 30 miles from the nearest healthcare facility. On top of this you don't even have access to a car to get your children or yourself to health services when you need them. Your community barely has enough water for people to survive and there are no employment opportunities to change that. Children have already died here because of the lack of basic healthcare. You can help Bergnek change that.

They really do only have us to help them!

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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The pitter patter of little feet
The pitter patter of little feet

We are making progress

As you are aware we are working on a number of sub-projects, under the 'One Brick at a Time' main project. The most important of which is the Bergnek Community Clinic. 

What's happened so far

Last year we went ahead and purchased the land where the Bergnek Community Clinic will be located. We also had the preliminary design done for clinic building, that will include a space for the GirlStuffPeriod.org business to move into. The reason we chose to co-locate the clinic and the menstrual products business is that the education that is provided and delivered by the GirlStuffPeriod.org team is health related and address proper use and care of menstrual products and supplies as well as education about healthy reproductive practices.

Co-locating the two services can only serve to increase access to the products and medical services as well as provide mothers and mothers-to-be with the knowledge and support they need.

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
$1,696 raised of $90,000 goal
 
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