For the past six years The Butterfly Tree has sponsored over 500 individual orphans and helped several thousand more by improving education and health facilities in 16 schools. As a result of the global recession and ever-increasing food prices more children than ever are failing to pay their school and exam fees and are dropping out of school. Our aim is to reinstate them as soon as possible.
Over the past few months we have introduced our own peer education program to teach HIV prevention in rural schools. The group, now fully trained, are reaching out to other schools in remote villages.
This year for the first we have been able to send some of the orphans we have sponsored since 2006 for further education. Livingstone is the tourism capitol of Zambia and job opportunities are available. Fifteen students are attending catering college studying hotel management and food and beverage, Three more are taking a teaching course and two on a computer course. This will give them a far greater chance of seeking employment.
Two of the first orphans we sponsored are working as security guards at a stunning lodge overlooking the Victoria Falls.
As always our aim is to provide a good education for these vulnerable Zambian children.
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