We're really moving now!2
Posted for Bergnek Community Projects Cooperative
by Warren Te Brugge on Aug 05 2016, last modified on Aug 05 2016.
My Arms Wide Open has been working with the Bergnek Community for the past 6 years. During that time we have run our Iziko Labahlali mindset program, established Bergnek Community Projects Coop and established a successful business employing 8 women within the community, called GirlStuff.Period. GirlStuff…
My Arms Wide Open has been working with the Bergnek Community for the past 6 years. During that time we have run our Iziko Labahlali mindset program, established Bergnek Community Projects Coop and established a successful business employing 8 women within the community, called GirlStuff.Period. GirlStuff manufactures reusable / washable menstrual supplies, and is growing and headed towards real sustainability. The community members and My Arms Wide Open, also built the first ‘My World In a Garden®’ vertical garden and established a vegetable business. Our first project in the community was to reactivate a well and install a pump in a secured bunker to get water directly into the community.
It is now time for the next phases and gratefully, our partners Engineers Without Borders, Houston chapter, and Citizen's Media and the I3 Investment Cooperative, from Whistler British Columbia, Canada who also brought is the Impact Economy Summit, are working with My Arms Wide Open® - www.myarmswideopen.org and Bergnek Community Projects to continue development in the community.
EWB is completing the expansion of the water project we started in 2011, and I3 is working with us to raise funds and support the community initiatives the community is undertaking to enable communications and establish additional entrepreneurial opportunities in the community. This includes expanding the vegetable business, getting the brick-making business, One Brick at a Time, off the ground, building a community clinic and implementing a community based wi-fi and network, among other initiatives. The community based network will support the community initiatives and enable an Open Value Network to be established to support autonomous management of all community initiatives as well as much need access to communications with the outside world for the community.
The projects are being showcased at the World Social Forum 2016, taking place in Montreal Canada working with a collaborative group called M.O.V.E and lead by I3 who is representing us all on the ground in Montreal. If you would like to get involved and support the projects, please visit, Support Bergnek Projects here to donate: