One brick at a time

by My Arms Wide Open
Vetted
Bergnek Limpopo
Bergnek Limpopo

It really is happening! In this report we’d like to update you on the progress of the Bergnek Water Project.

The electrical lines have been installed for both new pumps. This was completed just a week ago. The next step is to finalize the contractor for the actual pump installations as well as securing the pumps in pump house like we did with our first pump. This will all take place during the first two weeks of September.

What’s happening on the ground

As we talk with member of the community, we realize how grateful and unbelievably patient the people of Bergnek are. They’ve waited a long time for the new pumps to be installed and the wells to be reactivated.

What you also realize though is that they want to continue creating opportunities and solving more problems. As Kholofelo, who desperately wants to become an electrician says;

‘I want people to have more access to good jobs. I think the next step of our project should be to get water in the house, so we can have water when we need it.’

 Samuel, who lives in the community with his family as well adds;

‘If we can get the right amount of water and make bricks I can have my dream of building good houses for the people.’

There is so much more to do and your generosity has helped get us to the point we are at now. Help us spread the word and take next steps.

Please. Donate.

What will water enable the Bergnek Community to do?

For the residents of Bergnek, getting access to enough water to meet basic needs will have a direct impact on child development, nutrition and better health. As we work alongside the community to increase capacity, with your help, they will be able to grow more food and ultimately build more homes, a health clinic and a brick making factory. All of this will create employment on the community and literally save lives.

Help make 2016 a great year for Bergnek and DONATE 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 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

Waiting for Water
Waiting for Water
Getting water for the week
Getting water for the week

One Brick at a Time

Almost there

The biggest steps in getting infrastructure built in the Bergnek community has been to get the water supply to acceptable levels, increasing distribution points and having the electricity in place to run additional pumps. Each of these steps has taken some significant ‘gymnastics’ skills to get into place and we are almost there.

What’s happening on the ground

Over the two years we have been working towards getting this all done there have been delays, changes and demands put on the community, but we are almost there.

We have most of the funds committed for the project to proceed and work has actually started in laying the lines to supply the power we will need for the new pumps. This work beings next week and will end at the end of July.

“I can’t believe we will actually have water for everybody in the village now, we have suffered for such a long time. Thank you!” says Isaak, who runs the existing pump for a few hours each week when there is water available.

Once the power lines are in place the My arms Wide Open and Engineers Without Borders teams will be on the ground for the actual pump installation in august and September of this year. We are relieved that the Bergnek community will finally have access to the water they need.

Please. Donate.

What will water enable the Bergnek Community to do?

For the residents of Bergnek, getting access to enough water to meet basic needs will have a direct impact on child development, nutrition and better health. As we work alongside the community to increase capacity, with your help, they will be able to grow more food and ultimately build more homes, a health clinic and a brick making factory. All of this will create employment on the community and literally save lives.

Help make 2016 a great year for Bergnek and DONATE 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 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

#Water4Kids #Gardens4Kids
#Water4Kids #Gardens4Kids

It’s all connected

You’ve heard us talk about the importance of the ‘One Brick at a Time’ project for the people of Bergnek. From an intellectual perspective it is easy to understand why this is so important. However, from an emotional perspective it is hard for us to imagine the loss of a family member due to the lack of water and simple medical services. I say this as we have access to both in our own circumstance and reality here in North America. When we think about water, what is it that comes to mind for you first? What do you associate water with in your everyday life?

For most, we think of quenching our thirst, washing ourselves, clothes and dishes, a swimming pool, or a water park, perhaps. The fact is we associate water with positive, social experiences.

Now let’s dig a bit deeper. Water sustains life, it is used to grow our food, to was our food, it is used to create electricity in lots of places. It is used and consumed in every aspect of our daily lives.

The current reality of Bergnek

In Bergnek, the thought of water creates stress, angst and fear. Why?

Well, the reality for the people of Bergnek is they don’t know from day to day if they will even have water. And if they don’t, then what are they to do about their children being thirsty or cooking the little food they have. So, the thought of water can mean thirst, hunger, pain and suffering, all things their children and themselves have experienced before and are afraid they might have to experience again, today and tomorrow. That is scary for anyone to have to go through.

In South Africa right now, the entire country is experiencing a sever drought to the point where major cities have even been without water for a few days at a time. This is creating fear for the people of the Bergnek community. Last week, in a call with members of the community, people where in tears as the two pumps we do have working in the community are being run a few days less, due to the water shortage. Isaac, the pump operator, says that he is afraid because the people think it is his fault. Fear create abnormal and irrational behavior and we are working as smartly as we can with what we have to keep the situation in check. We need your help.

So we are asking you to help us get the Bergnek Water Project underway sooner rather than later, by making a donation to the cause. We’ve already had to delay the project and know that the children, the people of Bergnek, can’t afford to have that happen any more. Please help us by supporting the project now. 

I wonder of we could survive in Bergnek? 

Please. Donate.

What will water enable the Bergnek Community to do?

For the residents of Bergnek, getting access to enough water to meet basic needs will have a direct impact on child development, nutrition and better health. As we work alongside the community to increase capacity, with your help, they will be able to grow more food and ultimately build more homes, a health clinic and a brick making factory. All of this will create employment on the community and literally save lives.

Let’s start 2016 with a huge effort and DONATE 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 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

Help Maria and her Brother
Help Maria and her Brother

Grateful for all I have in my life

I always love this time of year, as the world around us changes displaying the most brilliant and beautiful colours. Snow is coming for some of us and we're ready to trick and treat. Before we know it it will be thanksgiving, here in the US and on to the Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or simply the Holiday Season depending on your belief system. The one thing that seems to be common at this time of the year is the focus on family, friends and gratitude.

I am truly grateful to be in the circumstances I am in, here in North America.

The current reality of Bergnek

Currently the residents of the little community of Bergnek, in Limpopo South Africa have a water supply that provides them with approximately 5 litres (just over a gallon) of water per person, per day, to meet all their individual water needs each day.

During the month of December we are hoping to get new distribution piping and two new wells activated to increase the water supply to 15 litres (approx. 4 gallons) per person per day.

Let's put that in perspective; the average North American uses 176 Gallons of water per day = 666 litres of water per day. In fact, the EPA suggests it is even higher than that, providing a number of around 400 gallons a day for all of our needs.

I wonder of we could survive in Bergnek? 

How about making a new donation today?

We really want and the Bergnek community needs us to get this project going the first two weeks of December. We need a total of $5,000 to get the full funding released for the project.

What will water enable the Bergnek Community to do?

For the residents of Bergnek, getting access to enough water to meet basic needs will have a direct impact on child development, nutrition and better health. As we work alongside the community to increase capacity, with your help, they will be able to grow more food and ultimately build more homes, a health clinic and a brick making factory. All of this will create employment on the community and literally save lives.

Get your donation tax deduction for 2015 and DONATE NOW!

We really want and the Bergnek community needs us to get this project going the first two weeks of December. 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 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

Imagine having to get your water like this?
Imagine having to get your water like this?

How you can help to dig a water distribution trench in Africa?

You might ask, 'How can I possibly help dig a trench a continent away?' What's this trench for anyway? The simple answer is you really can help by donating to the project to pay the community members to dig the trench.

What's the trench for? Well, the trench is to extend the water distribution system in the Bergnek community, taking them off the critical list and getting them to the WHO minimum recommended amount of 50 litres per person per day.

So will it be 'BLUE' or 'GREEN'? Make a donation today!

What does the project look like?

Pick a trench on the town map! You'll see the 'BLUE' or ‘GREEN' lines on the map we've included in this update of the trenches that need to be dug out for the new water distribution lines that we hope to start in September of this year, and then to complete this part of the project in October and November with the tremendous help and support of Engineers Without Borders, Houston Chapter

You may know, from our previous reports, that a lot of work has been done by the members of the Bergnek Community and its supporters to get us to this point. Now we are in the critical stages of the 1st phase of the 'One Brick at a Time' project. Without solving the core need for water, we can't go on to address sanitation, house building and an healthcare clinic,

There’s work to do and YOUR Contributions and DONATIONS MAKE the DIFFERENCE

You can support the My Arms Wide Open, ‘One Brick at a Time’ project and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and families we serve, by making a donation now or setting up a monthly recurring donation as well as sharing this report with your family and friends.

Please Donate Now!

We are grateful for your support. The women, men, girls and children of the My Arms Wide Open communities extend a warm smile and echo our gratitude for your support.


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My Arms Wide Open

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
Website: http:/​/​myarmswideopen.org
Project Leader:
Warren Te Brugge
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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