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.
Mar 19, 2014

Education in Rural Schools

Muchimbale Community School
Muchimbale Community School

2014 has brought hope for thousnads of orphaned and vulnerable rural children in the Southern Province of Zambia. We are now reaching out to twenty six schools in four Chiefdoms, spanning a radius of 200 kilometres from our base at Mukuni Village. Over ten thousand children have access to advanced education and many more have access to improved water and health facilities.

The latest development is taking place at Muchimbale Community School, in the Nyawa Chiefdom, thanks to a generous donor. The school is very remote and has little support from the outside world. Last year The Butterfly Tree installed a bore hole and latrines, completed a teacher’s house and initiated a feeding programme. This year a further donation will enable us to restore an old classroom, purchase books and equipment and introduce a sustainable income-generating activity at the school.

Further progress can be seen at Katapazi Basic School with the opening of a special education unit, another one is currently being constructed at Simango Basic School in the Musokotwane Chiefdom, making four in total. Rural children in Zambia, with special needs, have no access to education. Chunga Community School classroom will shortly be completed and our aim is to also build a second classroom at Ndele Community School.

In addition some 400 individual orphans are receiving sponsorhip and three students are currently attedning training colleges in Livingstone

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Jan 29, 2014

More Schools Have Gardens

Children at Ndele Village collect vegetables
Children at Ndele Village collect vegetables

Thanks to a very generous donor we have been able to provide seeds for additional schools in remote village of Zambia. These schools are in the Mukuni and Nyawa Chiefdoms in the Kazungula District of Southern Province. Twelve schools in total have created s school garden to grow seeds, which will provide a sustainable feeding program for pupils who often having only one meal per day.

The crops include maize, which will be dried and stored to make a porridge, beans and vegetables. Beans provide a much needed source of protein. Having feeding programs has proved to improve both the performance and attendance of vulnerable children.

At Mukuni Basic School where there is a feeding program lastest school results have been excellent.Reports show that virtually all grade seven and nine pupils, many of which are on The Butterfly Tree orphan sponsorship programme, have passed their exams. Mukuni Basic School received the best result for the Kazungula District. Our supporters must take some of the credit for this due to the increase in text books donated to classes where previously one text book had to be shared between forty pupils. In addition a number of volunteers, gave extra tuition to grade seven and nine pupils prior to their exams. A generous offer from a US donor will provide the schools with further reading material. 

Providing funds for this vital project is invaluable, hunger is prevalant amongst school children. A donation of seeds can make a huge difference!

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Jan 29, 2014

Success for Orphans

Mukuni Basic School Pupils
Mukuni Basic School Pupils

The Butterfly Tree is having great success with our education projects at Mukuni. Latest reports show that virtually all grade seven and nine pupils, many of which are on our orphan sponsorship program, have passed their exams. Mukuni Basic School received the best result for the Kazungula District. Our supporters must take some of the credit for this due to the increase in text books donated to classes where previously one text book had to be shared between forty pupils. In addition a number of volunteers,have extra tuition to grade seven and nine pupils prior to their exams. A generous offer from another will provide the schools with further reading material.

Despite our efforts to support the universal fight against malaria more needs to be done to overcome this destructive disease. Malaria is the biggest killer of man. According to the World Health Organisation an estimated 3.4 billion people are at risk on malaria, of which 1.2 billion are at high risk. 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, which of course includes Zambia. We provide mosquito nets to children in remote villages.

This year we aim to increase our malaria prevention support, further expand our peer education project for HIV Prevention and open more special education units for children who are unable to attend school. As always we are very grateful for your support and hope that we can encourage more donors and volunteers to join The Butterfly Tree. Our entire team in both the UK and Zambia still consists of volunteers, most of them have been with us since 2006!

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