One brick at a time

by My Arms Wide Open
Feb 5, 2014

A Community with a BIG idea

Do you need to carry your water?
Do you need to carry your water?

In our most recent report we talked about the progress we've been making with the One Brick at A Time program. We call it a program because it is actually a series of projects that lead to the outcome the community of Bergnek has established as their intent and goal for the program overall.

Latest Updates

Over the holiday season the application with Engineers without Borders proceeded from the local chapter level in the United States to the National level. The community has been proactive and responsive to the questions they've been asked and additional information required to support the proposal and things are looking very favorable for an overall approval very soon. We will certainly be posting more on this as soon as news becomes available.

The BIG idea

Unemployment is a huge problem in Bergnek and South Africa as a whole, for that matter. To address unemployment in Bergnek, Bergnek Community Projects and My Arms Wide Open® support the community to establish projects that connect over the immediate, medium and long term. The One Brick at A Time initiative is one that is more long term, and has a number of nearer term objectives included in it, such as the collaboration with Engineers Without Borders. Each project within the program will not only transfer additional skills into the community it will also provide additional employment in Bergnek, and help to generate the resources to address other priorities within the community including health-care and housing needs.

The program starts by addressing water access and distribution. The community needs a reliable power source and a larger water capacity. This is being addressed using solar-based pumps that can pump the volume available, which is more than the current pump can handle. The next project in the program addresses sanitation needs, particularly for children and the elderly. From there we extend infrastructure and with the increased water capacity have the ability to begin a brick making business to generate revenue and to enable the community to build much needed housing and a healthcare centre.

As you can tell, this is a BIG idea and the Bergnek community is intent on making it a reality.

Help this BIG idea manifest in Bergnek

Help us to get more and more people involved in the One Brick At a Time Program, which provides a direct benefit to the children and people of the Bergnek community in rural Limpopo, South Africa. Please forward our reports/emails and ask friends and family if they would like to support the My Arms Wide Open's programs.

Can you make a new donation today or perhaps set up a monthly or quarterly recurring donation? Please consider it and take action today. The girls, women and children we serve are grateful for all of the support you have already given them.

Another form of contributing: There are also opportunities for you to join us in Africa to work alongside these truly wonderful people in the Bergnek community. Take a look at the EcoTravel link below for more information. 

Thank you for your continued support of the women, girls and children of the My Arms Wide Open communities.

The need for proper houses in Bergnek
The need for proper houses in Bergnek



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My Arms Wide Open

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Warren Te Brugge
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
$635 raised of $90,000 goal
12 donations
$89,365 to go
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