The Butterfly Tree

The Butterfly Tree's aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable people living in remote villages in Zambia. To advance the education and improve the facilities in rural schools, giving every child a chance to be educated. To protect the health of patients by developing the rural clinics offering support sevices, medical supplies and equipment. To relieve poverty and improve the living conditions of socially disadvantaged communities teaching them how to become sustainable.
May 5, 2015

Orphan Success

Peter Liyungu
Peter Liyungu

In 2006 shortly after I founded The Butterfly Tree I met Peter Liyungu, a Zambian orphan, who had to live in a rural village after losing both his parents. Both Peter and his brother Mishek stayed with their aunt in Mukuni Village. Though the aunt was able to look after the boys she could not afford to edcuate them, and Peter was becoming troublesome.

The Butterfly Tree starting sponsoring Peter's education and the following year Mishek was also included on the Orphan Support Program. At the time there were no rural high schools in the Kazungula District so Peter was offered a chance to go to boarding school. By the time Mishek passed his examinations to attend high school The Butterfly Tree had funded the first rural high school in the Dtirct, of which Mishek was able to attend.

In 2012 Peter completed high school with glowing results, follwed by Mishek two years later. Peter tried to raise funds for a further education course, doing peace work to earn some money. I was so impressed that Peter had made an effort to support himself that through the charity we were able to help him to go to Livingstone Teacher's Training College.

Peter is in his second year at the college and this coming school term, which starts on May 10th, Peter will do his work experience at the very same school he atteneded back in 2006. It is hoped that we can also find a suitable course for Mishek.

It is wonderful to know that these gifted young men have reached so far thanks to generous funding received through our Orphan Support Programs. Thousands of rural children in Zambia are now receiving a sound education, others like Peter are doing teaching, agriculture, and forward and clearing courses. Some are now in employment and able to support their own families and community.

The donations received through the Orphan Support Program can change a child's life and help to alleviate poverty and its related issues.

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Apr 28, 2015

World Malaria Day 2015

Malaria protection is vital for young children
Malaria protection is vital for young children

The theme for World Malaria Day 2015 is ‘Many Voices, a single Theme‘. All over the world governments and organizations are helping the fight against malaria. Half the world’s population (3.2 billion) are at risk of contracting malaria,most especially in poor countries such as Zambia.

Malaria is the biggest killer of man. 198 million cases and a staggering 584,000 deaths were recorded in 2013. 

The Butterfly Tree is about to launch our most ambitious project to date. A new innovative malaria prevention method will shortly be available in Zambia and beyond, which will initiated by our organisation.

Working alongside a UK corporate who has funded the development of the products, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mozzimort and Mozzimort Larvicide are reputed to be superior products for malaria prevention. These products have now been approved in Zambia by the Ministry of Health, the Zambian Malaria Control Centre and the Environmental Management Agency.

We have been granted the Licence to import the products into Zambia. Our aim is to distribute these interventions into remote communities and also make them available to the tourism, agriculture, mining and other industries to prevent absenteeism from work as well as saving lives. One of our major donors, Saga Charitable Trust, is supporting this project.

Mosquito nets will continue to be used as an effective method for malaria prevention. The new products will provide further protection, Mozzimort being an alternative to Indoor Residual Spraying.

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Mar 24, 2015

Crops Fail Due to Lack of Rain

Dry Stream Due To Lack Of Rain
Dry Stream Due To Lack Of Rain

March sees the start of The Butterfly Tree’s tenth year working to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. Despite having considerable success we now have to address two fundamental projects, Water and Food, to avoid a major crisis currently threatening the lives and livelihoods of numerous people living in the areas of our work.

The rainy season in Zambia starts in November and ends in April. Some parts of Zambia have recorded good rains, sadly this is not the case in the Southern Province, where very little rain has fallen. Now the peak growing season is coming to an end and for many villages and schools there is no maize. Crops have failed to grow, resulting in a shortage of food, hunger is already apparent which will get worse over the coming months.

Water, so essential for all forms of life, is in short supply. Rivers and streams, normally flowing at this time of year, are dry. Many remote communities still have no access to safe water and have to rely on streams. We need to identify these areas and raise funds to provide additional bore holes. Fortunately all the schools we work in now have bore holes to provide safe drinking water.

If the crisis continues it is hoped that the Zambian government will send maize from the north of Zambia to the affected southern region. In the meantime The Butterfly Tree will provide further seeds and fertilizer for school feeding programms, to enable them to grow beans, rape and cabbages using bore whole water for irrigation.

All of our work has had a big impact in these rural villages, but none more so than water projects. We need to provide more bore hole to improve health issues, reduce the number of diarrhoeal cases and to deliver a supply of water to irrigate for school gardens.

Donations for seeds and fertilizewr are urgnetly needed.

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