Jewelry Making & Mimosas for a Cause Oct 8, 2017

We are excited to announce our upcoming event, Jewelry Making and Mimosas for a Cause, to benefit the kids we support in Nigeria

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

Where: Jewelry Creations Workshop – 1400 Northeast 131st Street, North Miami, Fl 33161

Link to the tickets and for more information:

This is a one-day only, 2-hour class where students will have the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that they can take home, wear and show off their new metalsmithing skills! Students will be creating beautiful wire pendants. They will learn what it takes to bend, shape and form amazing designs as well as incorporate beads for a bright pop of color! The best part? (other than the jewelry, of course!) Every dime raised from the event is being donated to benefit orphan children in Nigeria.

Mangoes to Share began as a Miami based community project in 2013 by Anna Milaeva. Its initial focus was on feeding the homeless with neighbors’ mango surplus. Volunteers would meet and collect upwards of 500 pounds of mangoes in a single afternoon to donate to the hungry. As the nonprofit gained momentum, Anna realized there was more they could do. In the last four years the organization has grown, now focusing its efforts to work with underprivileged communities to alleviate hunger and poverty. Partnering with the Lovatt Foundation, an umbrella for a group of small-scale Nigerian community projects based in Kano, Nigeria, Mangoes to Share will have an even greater impact. The Lovatt Foundation has helped over 500 displaced people to re-start their lives. They’ve built 6 homes for young orphans whose families were murdered. They focus on sustainable food growing practices, traditional education, literacy, arts and long-term recovery of the children.

We’d love if you could share our event with your contacts and on your social media.

About Jewelry Creations Workshop:

Instagram: @jewelrycreationsworkshop

Twitter: @JCW_Miami

At Jewelry Creations Workshop we educate individuals in the art of jewelry making and empower originals (you) under a creative and collaborative workspace where students, designers, and professionals can come together to learn, create and share. Our North Miami studio offers jewelry classes, which are tailored specially to each student. Classes are taught by trained professionals, our director, Steven Brownlee, resident instructors, and visiting instructors on a rotating basis that cater to all levels and interests.

Thank you in advance!


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

Our first Fit for Food Boot Camp & Health Fair was a success!

Many thanks to all the Sponsors, Volunteers and Participants for supporting us at the first FUNd-rasing event.

Together we transformed our small gathering into a BIG success!!! We were able to send $2000 to the orphanages to support over 120 kids. It feels amazing to be able to help these kids in such a meaningful way.

Here are the links to the ALBUM 1 and ALBUM 2 to check out the pictures

At the Lovatt Foundation .Org they are mighty excited, imagining how many trees can go in while they still have rain, and how those trees will keep the children engaged in gardening even when the season changes the annual crops to dry stumble.

They have BIG plans for these funds and want to share their excitement and plans with all the supporters in the US:

(1) PERMACULTURE FOR KIDS: They had been in contact with a Nigerian friend who installs solar generators as his business. As his hobby he has a permaculture project going on at his home. He is willing to come to one of the orphanage homes in Kano and teach permaculture to the children and staff. He is also willing to add some cuttings of plants like grapes which are otherwise regarded as exotic in Northern Nigeria just because no one has seriously gotten into their cultivation. He will be doing that in November and from one house they expect the knowledge to spread to others.

(2) NURSERIES FOR KIDS: They have been thinking about using the money most efficiently for the greater good. The first of 5 orphan houses has a good water supply and its inhabitants are the most advanced in terms of having their own gardens, crops and orchards. They can host children from other houses for some workshops with experts, and develop some intensive nurseries of fruiting trees and vines, ready for next rainy season planting. COB1 in Maiduguri and COB5 in Kano would have the nurseries and the input of some special advisors who are experienced in permaculture and agronomy in the region.

(3) BEE KEEPING PROJECT FOR KIDS: Fiona, the founder of The Lovatt Foundation started a group on Facebook called BEES Nigeria. The local beekeepers have an excellent range of honeys that they collect using age-old methods. Through the network, she have found some traditional beekeepers who would help the children of COB5, Kano make a traditional hive and then help them with getting it populated and productive. Honey has massive health benefits and it is used medicinally. So this way the kids will expand into the bee keeping too! About $100 will go to the materials, tuition and support at one home and then hopefully they can expand that idea across the rest of the houses.

ALL these plans and ideas for the 5 orphanages will be funded with our first contribution of $2000!!!

How exciting!!! The money goes a long way for these kids and this is just the beginning.

Stay tuned for future events, sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, and please don’t forget to share our page with your friends and family!
Sharing is Caring and Caring makes us happy!


Effective Altruism Movement

At Mangoes to Share we believe in Effective Altruism Movement.

What is that???

According to Wikipedia – Effective altruism is a Philosophy and a Social movement that applies evidence and reason to determining the most effective ways to improve the world. Effective altruism encourages individuals to consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact, based on their values.

Effective Altruism is basically changing the way we are doing GOOD in the Wolrd

Quoting straight from the Effective Altruism Project Website:

“Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most?

Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.

But it’s no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It’s about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can.”

There are so many things that can be done to make this world a better place. There are infinite causes to support, projects to initiate and choices to make. We are often faced with the dilemma of wanting to help someone but not knowing how to do it.

This is where Effective Altruism steps in. It helps us to pick causes that bring the greatest positive impact with lowest resources necessary. Often we don’t need much to help. Just a seed capital of $25-$30 to start a small business can change the life of the whole family.

Imagine if the life of that family is changed and parents are able to send their children to school to get educated and therefore to be able to positively influence their own environment in the future, instead of turning to crime or war for solutions. If we  look at the big picture the potential impact of those $25 is immeasurable.

Here is a perfect example shown by the Lovatt Foundation applying this principle in the way they help Internally Displaced People In Nigeria. In the past couple of years the Lovatt Foundation, through their Emergency Care, IDPs Project, has helped over 500 people to relocate, open their own businesses and start new lives with very little funds. Only $135 per family covers rent, clothes, essential items, and a small business start-up capital for 6 months! The program has a lot of success and most of the people become self-sufficient again within those initial 6 months.

When “helping” is done right, meaning when the funds are not spent on the red tape, corrupt government functionaries, outdated development models made by big NGOs, and other wasteful outlets, little resources can go a long way, particularly in very poor areas.

That is why at Mangoes to Share we focus on helping in a SMART way, we pick projects and partnerships with like-minded organizations and explore grassroots fundraising methods as well as our community connections to do the best possible good with the least resources.

For more information and our future plans please contact us, we love to chat and create new connections!!!

Here is more in depth information on EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM



Mangoes to Share in the Press

Mangoes to Share is becoming famous!!! :

Watch out for an interview with Oprah in our near future! (joke 😉 )

Here are some press articles we have gathered since the creation of the organization. If you meet anyone interested in publishing a story on the work we do please send them our way!!!





Educating for Peace


At Mangoes to Share We place a lot of focus on Education and recognize that Education leads to peace by boosting confidence & hope, promoting independent thinking, inspiring problem solving skills, and building communication skills by opening doors, by reducing poverty, and by increasing conscious political involvement. Education reduces support of terrorism & militancy, builds empathy & tolerance and cultivates respect.

Not all education is created equal though. We believe in “hands-on” education, which teaches life skills and promotes unity instead of separation. We believe in education that teaches tolerance and respect for different cultures, worldviews and the environment. And that is WHY we want to focus on projects promoting this type of educational approach.

Fortunately We are not the only ones who think this way!!!

Here are some resources on the topic for more information on the possibilities of achieving world peace through education:

Global Partnership for Education 

Harvard Graduate School of Education

J.Krishnamurti Online

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

Crisis In Nigeria

WHAT is going on in Nigeria and WHY do we want to help there?

Unfortunately conflicts involving extreme violence, sectarian wars, ethnic cleansing, food insecurity, refugee crises, and other horrors are widespread on our planet right now. There are more than 60,000,000 (sixty million)!!!! refugees worldwide and those include Internally Displaced People who are refugees in their own countries. If you take a look at international reports on these issues you will get depressed and won’t get out of bed for a month.

The fact is that we cannot help everyone at once and get involved with all the causes. If the UN and other big international organizations are failing to solve the issues, how can WE do it? Well, all we can do is to pick a cause that is closest to our hearts and that makes sense to us and do as much as possible to be part of the solution. The ideal of course is to use Effective Altruism Principles or simply make sure that the help we are providing is accomplishing the most good for the world with our limited time, energy, and resources.

Mangoes to Share picked the Lovatt Foundation as its first Project Partner because it qualifies in all of the above. Crisis in North Nigeria is ongoing and the worst it has been in decades, the Lovatt Foundation is a grassroots organization which operates on the ground and knows the true necessities of the people, and therefore is able to accomplish the most with the least resources. It doesn’t have bureaucratic governance or overhead costs like most organizations do, and 100% of ALL the funds go to the necessities of the orphans and internally displaced people.

We are very humbled and excited to be able to do our tiny part and help in the best possible way. Please check out our PROJECTS to know more.

And if you would like to understand what exactly is going on in Nigeria and don’t mind “graphic content” here is the link to the wonderful article in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE.

We live in a connected world and is our duty to be the solution…

Food Security through Edible Gardens

According to the World Health Organization, Food Security is achieved when “all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.”

According to Hunger Statistics – Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth. The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.

AND to top off these gloomy statistics and make it even more ridiculous – while 1 in 9 people goes hungry worldwide, HALF of US produce is thrown away!!! The demand for “perfect” fruit and vegetables means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry. Meaning the set-up of our food system in the US is exacerbating the problem by making the produce even more expensive and scarce.

So what is the solution? What can we do to start changing this set-up for the better, either for ourselves or for the communities we are currently helping?

One of the immediate, cost-conscious and relatively easy solutions is creating Edible Gardens. We can plant edible gardens in our homes to become more food independent and save resources or to plant them in communities that face poverty and are food insecure. (Mangoes to Share chooses to help implementing edible gardens in Kano, North Nigeria, where food is extremely scarce and expensive)

According to the Resiliency Institute, benefits of Edible Gardens are countless:

  • Provides fresh local food to the community and individuals, which helps with achieving food security. It breaks the vicious cycle of the present system based on expensive fossil fuels for transportation and corrects poor food management and unavailability of fresh food for millions of people in the world
  • Ecological restoration
  • Reduces or eliminates lawn maintenance costs (in relatively well-off communities where lawns exist)
  • Creates a community park
  • Serves as an outdoor classroom or educational resource
  • Connects people to food and nature
  • Increases wildlife biodiversity and habitat

In cases of extreme poverty Edible Gardens literally FEED COUNTLESS STARVING PEOPLE in the US and abroad!

Here are a couple of perfect examples:

  • Los Angeles residents are facing difficult challenges in securing nutritious and affordable food. Gas prices are around $4 per gallon and food prices are among the highest in the United States. In L.A. County, 16 percent of residents are living below the poverty level, according to the 2010 US Census. As the city braces itself to face these challenges, farming in the city can provide jobs, nutrition, and hope to some of L.A.’s poorest communities. READ MORE HERE.


  • The challenge of food security is often seen  exclusively as one of feeding an ever-growing human population. Worryingly, food production has constantly failed to keep up with population growth. But now the problem is much more than just one of scale. The nature of the challenge, too, is changing. Not only has the human population been increasing, it is also changing from being predominantly rural as more people flock to urban centers. As a way of easing the food shortage, many urban households, particularly the poor, have taken to growing food on small plots.Today, if you take a walk through some of the residential estates in Nairobi such as Ngara, Eastleigh and Buru Buru, you might be forgiven for thinking that a green revolution is under way. READ MORE HERE.

If you research the topic, there are countless articles about these practices. This trend is becoming more and more mainstream. As mentioned before, to give our little grain of sand, Mangoes to Share partnered up with The Lovatt Foundation to raise funds to plant edible gardens in 5 orphanages for children run by the Foundation.

We also hope that the money we collect will be enough to set up a nursery for the cultivation and propagation of plants, ready for planting the next season!!

If you want to know more please check out our projects, event page and keep up with the future updates!

Our dream is that one day Global Food Security will be achieved and all people at all times will have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.

You say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one :)… I hope some day YOU will join us!