National Foundation Works With South Africa's Mothers to Build Sustainability

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"My Arms Wide Open" is a national charity working with mothers, grandmothers and children in South Africa to build and sustain their communities. Over the next 3 years, MAWO expects to help over 1000 families establish, run and maintain their own business. MAWO operates from the core philosophy that with stronger families, communities emerge as a solid foundation for society.

“The vision is to help families break the chains of their parents’ past prejudice, to be able to preserve their cultures, and to think and make decisions for themselves,” says Warren Te Brugge, president of Manzimvula Ventures.

Manzimvula Ventures announces the recent launch of My Arms Wide Open (MAWO), a registered national charity that works with mothers and children in South Africa to build sustainable communities and responsible business. MAWO operates from the core philosophy that with stronger families, communities emerge as a solid foundation for society.

The Foundation focuses on working with mothers, children and community members to teach skills such as coping, mentoring, personal understanding and leadership. Even the Go-Go’s or grandmothers are involved in the process. MAWO works to foster self-reliance and preserve culture, enabling communities and businesses to manage available resources and build sustainably.

“The vision is to help families break the chains of their parents’ past prejudice, to be able to preserve their cultures, and to think and make decisions for themselves,” says Warren Te Brugge, president of Manzimvula Ventures. “Change isn’t going to happen in my lifetime; it’s going to take three or four generations to take hold. But it’s going to start in my lifetime.”

MAWO’s mission is to develop and support more than 1,000 individuals and/or families over the next 3 years to establish, run and maintain their own businesses. This work will refine curriculums and give whole communities access to communication tools, micro-banking, resource management, and business support functions. “Through My Arms Wide Open, we can engage the people of South Africa to grow and learn to interact and embrace all the members of their communities to identify, accept and focus on the good in the people around them”, says Te Brugge.

Initiatives include low-interest loans for fledgling micro-businesses; education toward construction, agricultural and resource-management skills; teaching coping skills to community workers; and a mentorship program for community leaders. Te Brugge feels that training community leaders to be guides for their community enables them to support the establishment of businesses, while providing ongoing commitment.

Mr. Te Brugge and his son, Kyle, are leaving for South Africa on August 3rd to work with 20 young people. They will also visit two rural communities that MAWO would like to work with to re-build. For more info: http://www.myarmswideopen.org.

About Manzimvula Ventures

Manzimvula, from the South African word meaning “place of water”, “new life” was founded in 1998 by Warren T. Te Brugge as a Management Consulting firm providing services to organizations worldwide.

Manzimvula’s purpose is to support organizations that choose to build socially responsible and profitable enterprises to profoundly impact their organizational communities and the individuals they affect in a compassionate and sustainable manner. Manzimvula collaborates with clients first as individuals then the organization at large, enabling them to build strong and sustainable foundations. This support helps them to capitalize on their uniqueness, strengths and unseen opportunities to create a culture of success.

Manzimvula’s projects include Management Consulting, Project Management, Product Regulatory work, Corporate and Tax Structure, Operational Infrastructure, Technology and Human Capital acquisition in both North America and foreign markets.

"The Manzimvula Mission is to be the spark that ignites the hearts and minds of Social Entrepreneurs around the World."

Manzimvula is proud to be designated a Certified B Corporation™.

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