VANCOUVER, CANADA – DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE – COMMUNITY CHANGE AGENTS

We completed our third Iziko Labahlali – Hearth of the Community program at the Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre July 2012, with 22 new participants and some audits from previous programs.We also checked in on the goals acheived by the first group from a year ago. It was exciting to see them accomplish over 80% of their individual
goals as well as making progress on the other goals they had listed.

SOUTH AFRICA – WATCH FOR THE NEXT IZIKO LABAHLALI EVENTS COMING UP!

The next sessions of the Iziko Labahlali Program will run in August of 2012 in Cradock, Eastern Cape, Bergnek, Limpopo and Malungeni, Eastern Cape. It will be an exciting trip and we are looking forward to meeting new members of the family. Watch the BLOG for progress and the reports on each event.

BERGNEK, LIMPOPO

The first group in the community of Bergnek, Limpopo attended the Iziko Labahlali program. We are looking forward to working with the 25 people who attended the initial program in the community. Watch the BLOG for the latest updates from members of the group. Watch the BLOG for more information and updates.

CRADOCK, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

In the last two weeks of October 2011 we gathered a group from the original 40 participants of the
Iziko Labahlali program and went through the a review and update of the concepts and skills they had
learned in the program to help them develop ideas and create additional opportunities in Cradock.
Some great ideas are already percolating and we will certainly post updates to what the
community is up to next. Your support is welcomed and very much appreciated.

Vancouver, Canada – Downtown East Side – August 2011

The first of our Iziko Labahlali program in Canada took place the first week of August 2011 at the Ray-Cam Community Centre in Vancouver.

14 young leaders ranging in age from 14-20 chose to participate in the first Iziko Labahlali at
the Ray-Cam Centre. The group was diverse, made up of young people from around the world. The youngest being 14 recently from Iraq and the oldest turned 20 the second day of the program on August 6th.

Iziko Labahlali means “Hearth of the Community”. The program is structured to enable participants of all ages to take a journey through their own lives, using art, paint, words, activities and challenges. We start by creating a picture of how we got to where we each are today and how we arrived at this point. The participants as a group then discovered ‘new’ things about themselves and other members of their community that they may not have known or paid attention to previously. We talk about ‘seeing’ people; recognizing the light in each of the people around us and ourselves and creating a pathway to begin, one step at a time, on our journey into our future selves.

Supporting Stronger Communities in South Africa

The My Arms Wide Open® Foundation provides support for mothers, children, and youth in South Africa, as well as in indigenous and aboriginal communities in other parts of the world, to create and manifest sustainable, autonomous and responsible businesses and economic activity within their communities.

Read More

Supporting Stronger Communities in South Africa (2)

The My Arms Wide Open® Foundation provides support for mothers, children, and youth in South Africa, as well as in indigenous and aboriginal communities in other parts of the world, to create and manifest sustainable,autonomous and responsible businesses and economic activity within their communities.

Read More

Supporting Stronger Communities in South Africa (1)

The My Arms Wide Open® Foundation provides support for mothers, children, and youth in South Africa, as well as in indigenous and aboriginal communities in other parts of the world, to create and manifest sustainable,autonomous and responsible businesses and economic activity within their communities.

Read More

Support our current initiatives:

Water4Kids

Meeting Basic Needs

Donate Now

One Brick at a Time

Building Homes for Families

Donate Now

Iziko Labahlali

Hearth of the Community

Donate Now

Pads4Girls

It's about a Girl

Donate Now

Vertical Food Gardens

Providing Kids with the Food they Need

Donate Now

2,500 Opportunties

Sponsor a Child

Donate now

45.089

People we’ve served

145

Countries we’ve worked in

100%

Public donations going towards projects

12.908

Public events maintained

Where to find us

Locate Us.

Or contact us directly:

Contact Us

"It is my belief that it is the courageous of heart who choose to do what is uncommon in thought and action who will spark the creation of a global community that lives in harmony with compassion and understanding, birthing the cradle that will sustain all life into the future."

- Warren T. Te Brugge -