Arizona Businessman an Unlikely Hero in Rural South African Township

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How does one Arizona businessman, using his own money to date, make a difference to the lives of rural South Africa's mothers and children? Driven by passion, experience and a solid business plan, Warren Te Brugge is doing just that. He has committed to developing and supporting more than 1,000 individuals and families over the next 3 years to establish, run and maintain community focused businesses. For his early efforts and success he has been named Township Hero.

“Our mission is to rebuild 25 communities and to mentor and support more than 1,000 individuals and families over the next 3 years to establish, run and maintain community focused businesses”, says Te Brugge.

The community of Cradock, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa is undergoing a metamorphose thanks to the efforts of Canadian businessman Warren Te Brugge. In recognition of his early transformative work with a group of community members including women and youth in this small Eastern Cape Province community, Mr. Te Brugge was recently bestowed the honour of Township Hero.

Driven by a passion to make a difference, Te Brugge and his foundation, My Arms Wide Open™ (MAWO), has set out on a path to provide support and collaboration with mothers and youth in South Africa, enabling them to build sustainable communities and responsible, profitable businesses. To date, MAWO has been entirely self-funded by Mr. Te Brugge.

“Our mission is to rebuild 25 communities and to mentor and support more than 1,000 individuals and families over the next 3 years to establish, run and maintain community focused businesses”, says Te Brugge. “We’ve had huge success in beginning the process with 18 individuals and have committed to mentoring and supporting them over the next 5 years as we transfer skills enabling them to become completely self-reliant.”

MAWO will also work closely and collaborate with community leaders like established business leaders, pastors, teachers, nurses, and indigenous practitioners, who are equally important in the rebuilding process.

Mr. Te Brugge has recently returned from Cape Town after helping establish three businesses in Cradock and planting the seeds for several more. He expects to be back in December. MAWO’s goal is to raise an investment trust fund of $100 million. Mr.Te Brugge is actively seeking global financial partners.

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