Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages

 
$23,920
$1,080
Raised
Remaining
Aug 17, 2011

August 2011 Project Report

Building Sustainable Schools
Building Sustainable Schools

We  have  just  received  our  figures  for  2010-­‐2011  and  I  am  delighted  to  say  that  we  have  raised  an amazing   £270,000   (US$445,000);   this   is   our   best   year   to   date.   All   the   money   has   gone   directly   into   our   grassroots   projects  in  Zambia.  Our  annual  report  and  accounts  will  shortly  be  circulated.Despite   a   quiet   start   to   the   new   financial   year   our   funds   have   had   a   great   boost   from   both   individuals   and   corporate   who   have   visited   Mukuni   Village   in   the   past   few   months.   Having   gone   to  the   village  as   part   of   a   cultural   tour,   many   took   the   opportunity   to   visit   The   Butterfly   Tree   projects.   Donations   of   blankets,   sports   balls,   stationery   and   clothing   have   helped   a   number   of   vulnerable   people.   Two   companies,   Brady   Italy   and   Canon   Australia   have   generously   offered   ongoing   support.   Others   came   in   individual   donations   and   orphan   sponsorship  from  the  UK,  US, Europe  and  Australia.


The  three  schools  we  are  currently  building,  two  in  the  Musokatwane  Chiefdom  and  one  in  Mukuni,  are well   under  way  and  should  all  be  completed  by  the  end  of  this  year  ready  to  open  in  January  2012.  This has  been   made  possible  thanks  to  grant  aid  from  Jersey  Overseas  Aid  Commission.  We  are  now  reaching out  to  fifteen   schools  in  the  Kazungula  District  in  addition  to  three  clinics  and  a  number  of  rural  villages.

 

Many   existing   donors   have   generously   continued   their   support   to   sponsor   orphans.   The   first   of   the   sponsored  orphans  have  now  completed  grade  twelve  and  our  aim  is  to  source  the  funds  so  they  can  go onto   further   education.   The   Mukuni   Village   Fund   in   South   Australia   is   now   sponsoring   fifty   orphans  through   The   Butterfly   Tree   program.   However   many   more   sponsors   are   needed.   Due   to   the   global   recession   and   lack   of   employment   in   these   outreach   villages   far   too   many   children,   even   those   with   parents,   have   failed   to   pay   their   school   fees.   We   have   increased   our   support   to   keep   them   in   school.   This   summer   we   have   seven   volunteers   who   are   working   at   the   Mukuni   schools   to   tackle   the   HIV/AIDS   problems   and   improve   the   education  standards  and  also  some  of  them will be working with women's groups.

 

This  month  I  was  invited  to  Zurich  to  receive  a  substantial  donation  from  ENRC  Marketing  AG.  Unknown  to  us   their   employees   had   held   a   fundraising   campaign   and   the   beneficiary   was   to   be   an   NGO   working   in   one   of   the   many   countries   where   their   company   operates.   After   sifting   through   hundreds  of   charitable   organisations,  amazingly  The  Butterfly  Tree  was  selected  for  having  the  best  record of  proven  transparency   and   for   the   fact   that   we   are   all   volunteers   both   in   the   UK   and   Zambia.   The   male   employees   had   to   grow   mustaches  and  beards,  all  the  staff  gave  generously with matched funding provided by ENRC's head office in  London.  This  was  an  amazing  achievement  especially  as  it  took only  one  month  from  concept  to  reaching   their   target.   The   funds   raised   totalled   US   $27,000   and will be used to build a teachers house at Mukuni   Village,   five   community   houses   for   orphans   in   the   Chiefdom  and   to   support   our   HIV/AIDS   programmes   for   children,  which  include  peer  education,  workshops  and feeding  programs.

 

Saga, whos charitable trust is one of our major donors, are  challenging  their  employees  to  raise  funds  to   build a  bore  hole  and  a  shelter  for  boarders  at  Mukuni  who  have  to  long  distances  to  walk  to  school.  This   means  that  they  can  remain  close  to  the  school  during  the  week  and  return  home  at  the  weekend.    

                                                     
Next  month,  after  winning  a  team  place,  we  are  to  participate  in  Cyclothon  UK,  a  cycle  challenge  initiated  by   Victor   Umbugu   of   VU   Ltd   and   former   England   rugby   prop.   The   event   is   to   be   held   at   Brands   Hatch   on   15th   September.  Our team, The Flying Butts, need your support.  Donations  would  be greatly  appreciated  and  can   be  sent  to  The  Butterfly  Tree,  3  Gannaway  Court,  Norton  Lindsey,  Warwick CV35  8JR  or  made  using  our  Just   Giving  webpage:  http://www.justgiving.com/clythothonuk.  If  you  are  in the area  any  time  during  the  day  or   from   4pm   onwards   when   the   excitement   reaches   a   peak,   please   go  and   support   the   team   and   see   many   of   the  International  Rugby  players  taking  part.  We  are grateful to  CRB  Solutions,  Academy  Leasing  and  Geddes   and  Associates  who  are  our  three  of  our  main  sponsors.

 
Thank   you   to   all   the   individuals,   corporate,   schools,   clubs,   volunteers   and   philanthropies   who   have   given   so   generously  to  our  grassroots  projects,  which  have  improved  the  lives  of  thousands  of  children and  vulnerable   communities  in  Zambia.                   

Warmest  regards,     

 
Jane Kaye-Bailey

School Children
School Children
Mukuni Pre-School
Mukuni Pre-School

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Jun 2, 2011

Success of Orphan Sponsorship Through The Butterfly Tree

Peter and Mishek
Peter and Mishek

Peter Liyungu was the first orphan to be accepted on The Butterfly Tree orphan sponsorship program, some five years ago, when we first started operating in Mukuni Village back in 2006. At the time Peter had lost both parents and despite being very intelligent, had lost interest in his education and no access to funds to continue his education. A sponsor was sought and this transformed his life; as there was no high school at Mukuni Peter wanted to go to boarding school and subsequently attended Zimba High. We are also sponsoring his younger brother Mishek.

I am delighted to say that after four years Peter has completed grade twelve and did exceedingly well in his exams.  In his own words Peter wished to thank his sponsors.

"It is my pleasure to show my gratitude and say thank you for opening up my life to a dream come true. You are my father and my mother who would have done the same if they were alive. It takes a strong soul to take up the work of someone else.

I must let you know that I have made it through my senior secondary with 16 points which gives me the opportunity to apply for university. It is because of you that I have achieved this, your contribution to my education and my life in all was not in vain and once more thank you for making my dream come true."

To date The Butterfly Tree has sponsored over 400 individual orphans in addition to providing nutritional feeding programs, classrooms, teachers’ houses and bore holes holes. Our healthcare projects including HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, boosted by a recent donation from Viking River Cruises, are all for the benefit of these vulnerable children. One of the great things about working in these rural communities is that when we can assist with the orphans’ education, there is always someone who will offer to be a guardian, whether it be a family member, a friend or even a teacher. This is by far more preferable than having to leave their village and be placed in an orphanage in town.

There are over 700,000 orphans in Zambia alone and they desperately need your support. Education is the only way they can get out of the cycle of poverty to enable them to better their situation. For as little as $180 USD or  £110 per annum or just $15 or £10 per month a child’s life can be transformed. The money is used to pay for school and exam fees, books, shoes, uniform and school bag. In addition to this the children receive a daily nutritional meal, such as the one at Mukuni, sponsored by Cunninghams. The Butterfly Tree provides educational workshops, using interactive DVD’s donated by TME, teaching the pupils about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, malaria, teenage pregnancy, drugs and alcohol.

If you would like to sponsor and orphan like Peter or Mishek and make another child’s dream come true, please click on the DONATE button or contact jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk.

Listen to the orphans singing with the Mukuni Basic Choir on Youtube  

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Peter
Peter
Helping the Children
Helping the Children

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Mar 3, 2011

New Schools for Zambia

Silelo school children
Silelo school children

The new year has gotten off to a great start with many more donors offering to sponsor an orphan, fundraisers organizing events as well as volunteers planning their trips to Mukuni. There are so many ways that you can get involved without having to break the bank. What has helped us considerably are the number of donors who have offered on going support, which has enabled The Butterfly Tree to continue feeding programs in schools, malaria prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention in clinics and sponsorship for initiatives such as the Mukuni pre-school.

Over the next few months we will start work on three new schools in very remote areas - one in the village of Malima in the Mukuni Chiefdom and the other two in Matengu and Silelo in the Musokotwane Chiefdon, a new area of expansion for the charity. Each community has impressively attempted to create an educational environment for their children using mud hut structures and untrained teachers.To assist them The Butterfly Tree is to build three classrooms, six teachers’ houses, twelve pit-latrines with the addition of a bore hole at Malima. These community schools will then become basic schools with trained teachers provided by the government. Education is the key and without it these vulnerable people will not move forward. Once the rainy season is over in March our work will commence and we look forward to what we hope will be another beneficial year for education in Zambia.

We are delighted that so many people are giving up their time to provide vital funds for our work in Zambia and are grateful to everyone for donating time and funds to help us. Without this support we could not have achieved so much. Thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children are now receiving an education, have access to safe clean drinking water and improved health facilities.

Mukabalengu attending school
Mukabalengu attending school
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Mukuni Village
Mukuni Village

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Nov 27, 2010

New School Facilities

Mukuni Basic School
Mukuni Basic School

     Education is the key and the only way to overcome poverty, hunger and disease. Thanks to a substantial grant from Jersey Overseas Aid Commission we have been able to advance the education in five schools in the Kazungula District of Zambia. All of these schools are in remote areas and receive very little assistant from the outside world. With the addition of a 1×2 classroom, teacher’s house and latrines Kamwi Basic School has been able to add extra grades, which means that children no longer have to walk several miles to Mukuni. Simasimbi Basic School has been given the same development as Kamwi; the school becomes inaccessible during the rainy season making it even more beneficial to have improved facilities.

     The children of Mandandi used a simple mud hut as a school, where they were taught by untrained teachers. The addition of a brand new school has been welcomed by the community, trained teachers will be provided by the government for the opening in the new year. A new pre-school classroom has been built for the children of Machenje Village, with the aim of being supported by the community through income-generating activities. The flagship of the all our constructions is the new 1×3 classroom block, complete with an office and storerooms at Mukuni Basic School. The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission funding also included a much needed staff house for the clinic at N’songwe Village. This is the third clinic we are supporting.

     I had to deal with one of the most heartbreaking stories I have encountered in almost five years of working in Zambia. Elvis and Vincent were born two months’ premature after their mother went into labour at seven months and died in childbirth with a third baby. The Butterfly Tree has offered to support these helpless infants who need four tins of formula a week. Dealing with this case reconfirmed just how vulnerable these people are and how desperately they need our help. Advancing the health and education facilities will hopefully reduce the number of these distressing cases. The support we have received this year has been overwhelming, as you can see your donations have been used to make a difference to the lives of many people, please continue this vital support.

Help us to help more of these vulnerable children and sponsor a child today.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Butterfly Tree

New Pre-School Machenje Village
New Pre-School Machenje Village

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Oct 11, 2010

Orphan Education Sponsorship

Learning to play the guitar
Learning to play the guitar

Children have no choice where they are born and when you are born into a Zambian family the chances of losing your parents at an early sage are very high. The HIV and AIDS  in Zambia pandemic has infected or affected almost every family. One in six adults have the HIV virus and 710,000 children have been left orphaned. What happens to these orphans? The luckier ones have family members who look after them, others have guardians, while the unlucky ones who have lost everyone close to them, have to fend for themselves. Many of the have to drop out of school as they can no longer afford the school fees and need to earn money to buy food.

The Butterfly Tree orphan education sponsorship program has given hope to almost 400 children and the numbers are rising. Last month an association in Australia - the Mukuni Village Inc. generously offered to sponsor twenty orphans in addition to the 30 they sponsored last year. This has given the program a huge boost. We have many donors sponsoring between one and ten orphans, some have been with us since 2006 coming from several different countries. We are extremely grateful for this support and hope that this continues as we need many more people to sponsor an orphan.

Virtually all of our projects in education, health and community work are for the benefit of these vulnerable children. By offering them a chance to go to school, eat a nutritious meal and drink safe, clean water they have a chance in life. Education is the most important aspect of an orphan’s life. Our aim is to get as many of these orphans back into education as possible and to build classrooms in areas where there are no schools. Ten schools in the Mukuni Chiefdom are receiving our support and it is hoped, funds permitting, that we can develop schools in the Musokotwane Chiefdom in 2011.

In December we had our first school leavers after completing their A levels at the high school built by the charity. Although unemployment is extremely high one young man who had been on our orphan sonsorship program secured a job with Sun International. Victor Simango works as a security officer at the Zambezi Sun Hotel alongside the Victoria Falls and is very grateful to his sponsor who gave him the chance to improve his situation. Help us to help more of these vulnerable children.

Thank you for your continued support.


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Frank Maiolo

Monument, Colorado United States

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