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.
Nov 26, 2014

Fundraising at Christmas

Special Education Unit - Simango School
Special Education Unit - Simango School

The build up to Christmas is truly under way – festive lights illuminating the high streets, TV and radio media advertising the latest computer games and supermarket crammed with treats. With so much turmoil happening around the globe, the raging wars, the natural disasters and the Ebola crisis, to mention but a few, it’s hard to get enthusiastic about Christmas. The unwanted gifts, the over indulgence, the unnecessary stress it all creates is it really worth it? There are so many good causes that need supporting and this is the perfect time for giving.

A recent quote from one of our orphan sponsors sums it up: ‘With all the excess involved in Christmas and even everyday spending on silly things, it is genuinely a delight to give money to people who really need it.’

This month The Butterfly Tree has received some amazing donations and grants. The money will be used to build a 1×2 classroom block and latrines for Ndele Primary School and a health post at Muchimbale. Mukuni Special Education class will get additional meterials and stationery to help the children with learning difficulties. 

Children wih special needs really do struggle, there are no facilities in rural villages. In addition to the one at Mukuni The Butterfly Tree has added three further units at Riverview, Katapazi and Simango Schools. By attaching an extra classroom solely for this purpose the Ministry of Education has provided skilled teachers. Children with Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and interlectual impairment are now receiving a basic education.

As always orphans are at the forefront of our work. It is imperitave that they receive a sound education to help them to improve their situation in life. Your support has helped us to reach out to thousands of orphaned an vulnerable children in Zambia.

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Nov 18, 2014

Rainy Season brings new cases of Malaria

Under-Fives Clinic, Simango Rural Health Centre
Under-Fives Clinic, Simango Rural Health Centre

November is the start of the rainy season in Zambia. After six months with barely a drop of rain shed over the parched land, the rains are a welcome sight for farmers and rural communities. This is the time for planting maize and other crops needed to provide the staple diet for the majority of Zambians.

Sadly the rain also increases the risk of contracting malaria, the biggest killer of man. Damp moist environments are  breeding grounds for mosquito, especially in rural areas. Without protection many lives can be lost to malaria.

The Butterfly Tree is currently focusing on malaria prevention, providing methods of protection in addition to educational workshops. The village Chuunga has already reported four new cases of malaria and unless the government carry out the residual spraying many more new cases will appear. Last year Chuunga was one of the worst hit villages with as many as forty five new cases reported per month.

A small donation can help save lives. For just $10 an insecicide-treated bednet can protect a chlid. Of the deaths that occur from malaria 75% are children under the age of five in sub-Sahara Africa. We are committed to helping these vulnerable children, but desperately need more funds to continue with our malaria prevention program. 

We have new innovative methods in place all of which can help to save lives. With Christmas fast approaching please consider donating a mosquito for a child in Zambia.

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Oct 9, 2014

September Newsletter for Orphan Education Support

New football kits for Mukuni School
New football kits for Mukuni School

The Butterfly Tree has come a long way since 2006, gaining a sound reputation for transparency, attracting a global following, as well as continuing to be run by a team of dedicated and hard-working volunteers. After recently spending three weeks in Zambia there is so much to report, so many stories to tell and many people to thank.

The start of the trip was spent hosting a Commissioner from our major donor organisation, For three days we revisited schools that have been developed for orphans and vulnerable children. These included Kamwi, Ndele, Mukuni, Machenje, Matengu and Silelo schools, and ended with a visit to the newly opened clinic at Mahalulu. The Commissioner saw first-hand how far we have reached, the challenges we face and met our wonderful team of volunteers.

Further development is taking place at Nampuyani school, where a new borehole and latrines have been added and the classrooms have been restored. Previously the only source of water was collected from bacteria infected shallow wells. The three hour drive to Nampuyani was tough, driving across river beds and a little too close for comfort to bush fires! However the joy of seeing children pumping safe clean water, was both humbling and overwhelming, and well worth the effort.

Muchimbale School, also in the Nyawa Chiefdom, underwent extensive development in 2013. Now thanks to further funding a health post is to be added to reduce the distance that this community has to walk to seek medical attention. Moving on the Musokotwane Chiefdom Simango School, with some 750 pupils, has the addition of a Special Education unit. In all these schools there is a high percentage of orphans.

As always I was given a substantial amount of items to distribute, which included medical supplies, knitted items and football jerseys, complete with 15 footballs. In addition we received 130 t-shirts impregnated with mosquito nets from Portugal. These are to be given to a remote community where there is a high prevalence of malaria and also to our Zambia volunteers. We are continuing our campaign to help the fight against malaria and to prevent further new cases in these rural villages.

We are currently sponsoring over 350 individual orphans as well as helping thousandes more with their education. It was wonderful to see that some of the ones we started sponsoring in 2006 are about to sit their grade 12 exams, after which they will complete their high school education.

Thank you to everyone for all your support – without you, none of this could have happened!

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