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From water, comes hope; hope sustains life

At: Mali Date: July 28th, 2017 Time:4:01 am

From Water, Comes Hope; Hope Sustains Life

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

 

You may be a feminist..

 

Equality and Opportunity

Do you believe that we should all have access to the same opportunities? Do believe that boys and girls should be treated equally and fairly? Well if you answered yes to these questions, you may just be a true feminist.

The women of GirlStuff create access to opportunities for girls

The holiday season, a couple of months ago, was a particularly tough one with the severe drought going on in South Africa and with schools closed for the season there was no new activity for the GirlStuff business. Since schools have returned from the break GirlStuff has received enquiries for school uniforms from a school in an adjacent community. We are hoping this turns into an order to keep things moving. We also experienced a 'lull' in new donations which put the halt on manufacturing menstrual kits for girls who cannot afford to purchase the kits themselves.

Although this sounds like a sad situation, which it is, the women of GirlStuff never give up and are working to close more sales so that they can generate the extra cash to help those in need who can’t afford to buy anything, let alone menstrual kits. These amazing women go without a lot and work hard to help their communities as well as to make girls and their parents aware of the products they produce and sell and why they re so passionate about the mission that they are on.

By working to help girls stay in school every school day of each month, the girls are present to have the choice to take advantage of opportunities that are offered to students as well being able to achieve good grades in the STEM subjects, which they miss out on when missing to many days of school.

Why do they need to make Menstrual Kits for girls?

When we look at our own circumstance in a developed country we often don’t understand how a menstrual kit could make such a huge difference in the life of a girl. When you consider that many of the families in the My Arms Wide Open community of families do not have enough money for three meals a day, then you can start to understand why they can't afford menstrual supplies.

Give girls a chance to take advantage of opportunities they are missing out on.

How about making a new donation today? Making a donation of $25 right now, could change the life of a girl for the rest of her life. Think about that? What an amazing gift that would be to a girl, or any child.

The women of the GirlStuff Cooperative in Bergnek, are determined to expand into other communities in 2016 and they need yours and my help to do it. Money that we raise through your donations will go towards raw materials and additional equipment to be able to set up locations in other communities, to employ additional women.

Industrial sewing machines cost around $1,000 each for a good used machine. In addition to that the GirlStuff team also needs to purchase surgers and raw materials.

Let’s start 2016 with a huge effort and DONATE 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

 

 

Healthy nutrition = Healthy. Thriving. Children

Healthy Food = Healthy Brain = More Opportunities

The next step in the My Arms Wide Open’s My World My Garden cause and program aims to make more food available to more children and the seniors within the Bergnek Community, My World in a Garden, vertical gardens.

Seniors?

Yes, we specifically called out Seniors in the Bergnek Community. Why? Well, it is more often than the Grandparents who are looking after and raising the children on a day to day basis. The GoGo’s (As Granma’s are affectionately known) really do keep the community alive and running. They look after all children, not just their own relatives and it is critical that they have healthy nutrition to be able to meet the challenge. It is also crucial for children to maintain the bond between the aged and youth, helping children to ground themselves and know that they are taken care of by their GoGo’s.

No small task 

At this time of the year, it is peak summer in Bergnek and with the lack of water the community is struggling to keep the gardens going. South Africa in general is experiencing a major draught across the country to the point that even Johannesburg metro had to go with out water for a few days last month. We are asking you to support our 'One Brick at at Time' and the My World in a Garden projects as we need the water project to be completed so that we can help the community feed more of the children and families in the community.

With that being said we need additional vertical gardens in Bergnek so that we can ultimately turn the gardens into a full time entrepreneurial opportunity for members of the community, as well. It is by no means a small feat to build and sustain these gardens systems that until now are supported and maintained so willingly members of the community who give their time and scarce financial resources to support and sustain the My World in a Garden vertical gardens.

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 start 2016 with a huge effort and DONATE 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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