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I.Am.Woman.

At: Mali Date: March 7th, 2019 Time:5:25 pm

A message from Rainet My name is Rainet Katjedi, and I was born in Bergnek. I work in the GirlStuffPeriod business. 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 … Continue reading I.Am.Woman.


Where is the water?

At: Mali Date: June 29th, 2018 Time:10:20 am

You may have seen the news about the City of Cape Town in South Africa, running out of water within the next 60-90 days. Yes! Just 60 DAYS!! It is a scary thought, especially when they are predicting that most of South Africa will run out of water in the next 17 years. and it is not … Continue reading Where is the water?


One Brick at a Time Update

At: Mali Date: May 1st, 2018 Time:4:26 pm

Welcome to the latest report from our infrastructure project in Bergnek, Limpopo, South Africa! We are grateful for those of you supporting the projects under the One Brick at a Time initiative and welcome our newest donors to the projects. Having patience is a lot easier said than done What is always so inspiring to … Continue reading One Brick at a Time Update


My World My Garden Sister Walls

At: Mali Date: April 18th, 2018 Time:9:53 am

Food security is a challenge the world over in both developing and developed countries.  The challenge is not that we cannot provide food. “We” can provide instant gratification, but this is a short term and band-aid solution. The challenge is being able to provide sustainable food sources. In many cases, a shortage of arable land … Continue reading My World My Garden Sister Walls


Girl Fund Campaign and Exciting GirlStuff.Period Update

At: Mali Date: April 8th, 2018 Time:5:10 pm

In the work we do as an organization there is a connection across all of our initiatives, as well between communities. In March we participated in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign March 1-15, enabling the GirlStuff.Period team to move ahead with some of the goals they have set for themselves in the 2018 year. The key … Continue reading Girl Fund Campaign and Exciting GirlStuff.Period Update


What’s new with GirlStuff.Period!

At: Mali Date: March 11th, 2018 Time:11:21 am

We are now bringing the program to a whole new level. We are so excited to tell you more about all that is coming!   Our plans for 2018 Prior to My Arms Wide Open, only 10% of girls in South Africa passed 8th grade and went on to graduate. The main reason behind that … Continue reading What’s new with GirlStuff.Period!


How do we manage initiatives on an ongoing basis with One Brick at a Time?

At: Mali Date: February 5th, 2018 Time:2:57 pm

We’ve received some questions relating to how we manage projects and initiatives once they have been operationalized and so we thought we share the information from the last call. Timing In our last meeting with the water council and project team, we had some important updates. Every two weeks we meet with the Bergnek Water … Continue reading How do we manage initiatives on an ongoing basis with One Brick at a Time?


Travel to Africa

At: Mali Date: July 28th, 2017 Time:4:05 am

Travel to Africa. Build vertical vegetable gardens yourselves. As everyone who is familiar with our organization knows, sustainable development is a key requirement for My Arms Wide Open along side family values and ongoing community support. As we look to innovation and inclusiveness we’ve found a great new way to help you get involved on … Continue reading Travel to Africa


Bergnek- July 2017

At: Mali Date: July 28th, 2017 Time:3:55 am

You may be wondering just what the women of Bergnek have been up to…   It’s been a while since we last communicated through our GG Portal and we apologize for the absence. Unfortunately, our email server was hijacked last year and it took as some time to recover it. Good news is, we are … Continue reading Bergnek- July 2017


Global Giving Updates

At: Mali Date: July 28th, 2017 Time:3:48 am

GirlStuff A NEW PARTNERSHIP In our previous update we shared the need to expand the GirlStuff business. We are delighted to announce a new partnership with an amazing group of people lead by Farzana Patel and her Xanopia organization. Xanopia works to provide a full turnkey solution to socio economic problems by empowering women to … Continue reading Global Giving Updates