and……the 6 months later update – accomplishments and future plans

Dear supporters and friends of Mangoes to Share!

This is an update for all of you who collaborated and supported us at the first *fit for food boot camp* in Miami. Thanks to you we were able to send $2000 to the Lovatt Foundation in Nigeria 6 months ago. Here is what they have accomplished so far:

(Fiona, the founder of the Lovatt Foundation, is the master mind behind their project focused on gaining food independence for the kids. She is explaining in detail all their accomplishments and dreams as well as some challenges. This is her original email)

” Dear Mangoes to Share,

The $2000 you sent in September. has been spread across 5 houses for kids, with each house choosing particular projects to solve issues of food security in their locale.

So far, in the past 6 months, every house has developed vegetable plots and a growing library of books on vegetable gardens, organic farming, horticulture and landscape gardening. Three houses have planted many fruit trees within their compounds (some of them are mangoes!).
COB 1 has an established orchard planted by the children. Although there is a borehole on site (water), a generator was needed to pump the water into a reservoir and the children have hand watered twice a day. Your paid for fuel.

They have two goats now you paid for and the animals have an enclosure you funded that was built by the children.
They lost their chickens in the cold month, but they will purchase new ones as the season warms up.COB2 was a large community house of widows and their children living in an abandoned private hospital. They designed a chicken tractor and paid a carpenter to build it for them. A pump was added to their borehole and they converted the carpark (that wasn’t sealed) into a vegetable garden. You paid for seeds, tools, manure, birds, materials, and the repairs to the pump. Unfortunately this house has since closed because the owner of the land wanted it back and did not want to give it to the children anymore, and the various families have made other arrangements to relocate. The tools and tractor have been saved by one of the teachers for COB6 when we open it.
COB3 has done well with animals… a ram and two ewes now have two lambs, a Billy and two nannies have two kids. There are countless chicks from the original hens.

Sadly some of the trees and veggie plots got drowned when a neighbour’s pipes burst and flooded a quarter of the section. So frustrating to be in a parched place and then to have a flood. So the kids rolled up their sleeves and started again. You have paid for trees, tools, animals, and the fencing to protect the gardens from the animals.COB4 Another round of books, tools, seeds and manure and a dream of hens to come.

COB 5 had the most difficult water situation and you paid for a water tank, some pipes to the mains and a pump. A nursery guy came for several weekly lessons on raising trees from seed and you paid for the organic fruit that the children ate as seed savers extraordinaire. Nothing is wasted from their kitchen scraps. All seeds are either potted up with the manure and compost you paid for, or broadcast in beds and later pricked out. A carpenter was employed for the construction of their chicken tractor and they also keep pigeons for the nitrogen. The nursery is for getting trees planted out in the street as a gift for everyone to enjoy in due course.
More things we dream about doing with the new donations:

N70K (SEVENTY THOUSAND NAIRA = approximately $155us) is the quote we have from a traditional bee keeper who is willing to come with all the materials to make a traditional hive and set it up with bees. These hives are hoisted high into trees and left for six months. They yield highly and we would love to have the highly medicinal honey available. One hive per house would be fantastic. ($750 for 5 houses or $900 for 6 if we open COB 6).

Another $50 would mean that the beekeeper can return for the collection of honey twice and show us all how to continue on our own ($250).

There is always the educational element in what we are doing with this money. The Children learn skills and apply them with the added bonus that they heal from their various sorrows by tending to plants and animals with loving kindness and also provide for themselves in the future and be independent.

We would love to add another 30 edible trees to each of the 4 remaining sites @ $3/tree = 120×$3 =$360

Water Pump and borehole for COB would cost $700 so we can use it for irrigation of the new edible growth.
Sending you a lot of love and light as always and thank you very much for your continuous support.”
After receiving the above email we shared it with one of the organizations that supports us here in Miami, FUNDACION CDEI MIAMI, and they decided to generously help paying for the “dream” items on the list. They IMMEDIATELY donated funds so we can accomplish all of the above in the next few months!!!
This is so exciting and here at Mangoes to Share we are thanking Fundacion CDEI Miami for their generous contribution. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Thanks for believing in our mission so we can continue supporting our friends from Lovatt Foundation .Org .and dream together to make a difference in the lives of their children in Nigeria.

With your contribution we will be able to accomplish the following:

$1025 – to pay for a traditional bee keeper to set up 5 orphanage homes with traditional bee hives, which yield highly and will provide medicinal honey for the children.
$150 – to pay for 50 edible trees @ $3/tree to plant this spring
$125 – to pay for educational materials on gardening and bee keeping
$700 – to pay for a borehole and a pump to provide a source of water for one of the houses so children can plant their food.

Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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