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.
Feb 18, 2015

Increase in Malaria

Young boy recovering from Malaria
Young boy recovering from Malaria

Malaria prevention remains a major priority. We are in the final stages of getting the full licenses for the new malaria products from the UK. Due a recent visit to Zambia I was saddened to learn that malaria is again on the increase in the Southern Province. We will step up our programmes, supply more mosquito nets and malaria educational workshops.

Last year our Zambia team reported that the repellent t-shirts, which were donated by a Portuguese company have really helped. None of them have had malaria these past few months nor been bitten by mosquitos. 100 repellent t-shirts are being used by children from Mahalulu Primary School, at the end of the raniy season in April we will do a full evaluation with the medical officer at the local clinic to see the effectiveness of the t-shirts.

We are working with the Zambian Minitry of Heatlh and the Malaria Control Centre to help the fight against malaria. In some areas there has been a substantial improvement, whereas areas that have not been sprayed are reporting new cases of malaria.

Children are our main concern and we will endeavour to provide protection whenever funds permit. We work closely with the rual clinic staff to monitor areas where we have distributed mosquito nets. A UK Rotary Club has kindly donated a motorcycle and kit for Mrs Meseke, our Environmental Officer, which will enable her to reach remote malaria ‘hot spots’. A private donor funded her training and running costs.

We need more funds to support the fight against malaria. Just $10 can buy a bednet, which could save a child's life.

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Feb 18, 2015

Maize Crops

Maize
Maize

I have just returned from Zambia after visiting many of the schools we support. It was the middle of the rainy season and it was wonderful to see healthy maize growing in the fields. The poor rural communities are dependent on rain water for the maize crops as they do not have irrigation systems. In some areas were the early rains were infrequent the crops are growing slowly, whereas in other areas the growth is stronger.

With your recent donations we have been able to add three more schools to the twelve we had already given seeds to. Kauwe, Muchimbale and Namuyani Schools in the Nyawe Chiefdom will received seeds to grow vegetables to suppliment the school's feeding program. It is too late to grown maize but at least they can grown tomatoes, cabbage, beans and pumpkins.

Due to the high poverty levels in these remote villages, families cannot send their children to school with packed lunches. Threfore it is imperative for schools to provide one meal a day. The World Food Program provisons are inconsistent and are often sent for only one term per year.

Maize is the staple diet for Zambians and provides a source of energy if not highly nutritioua. Ground nuts (peanuts) are a good source of protein and leafy green vegetables provide the neccessary vitiamins. Seasonal fruits can be found on the local trees and bushes, the mango being the most nutritious. Due to the long dry season there is only one crop of mangos.

Our aim is to set up a local enterprise for school leavers to use dried mangos, and to make tea with the view of supplying the hotels and lodges in the Victoria Falls region.

Please keep donating so that we can reach out to more schools and communities.

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Jan 9, 2015

Feeding Programs for Schools

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N'dele Community School Garden

The new school year in Zambia starts in January. Next week pupils will walk to school, a distance of ten miles each way for some children living in rural areas. For most families is it not possible to provide a packed lunch for their children, and in especially poor communities the chldren will not receive breakfast. Therefore it is imperiative to have feeding programs in schools.

For many years The Butterfly Tree provides vital seeds and fertilizer for outreach schools, which has proved to be a great success. Maize, beans and vegetables are grown during the rainy season (November - April). Fresh maize is eaten during this period and at the end of the season it is dried and stored for the 'dry' months from May to October.

Our evaluation has shown a great improvement in both attendence and performance at the schools we support.The gardens are attended by teachers and pupils, water from the wells we have provided helps to irrigate the vegetables when the rains are insufficient, but the maize needs plenty of rain throughout the season. Too little rain can produce poor crops.

Funds have provided seeds and fertilizer for the following schools: N’gandu Basic School, Kamwi Basic School, Siamasimbi Basic School, Katapazi Basic School, Libala Basic School, Mahalululu Basic School, Mulindi Basic School, Manyemuyemu Basic School, N’dele Primary School, Malima Community School, Chuunga Community School, Mubiana Community School.

This year with your help we aim to add a further twelve rural schools to the program to alleviate hunger amongst school children. Just $10 could make the difference to a child's life. 

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