Providing seeds for vulnerable women and girls in Zambia will provide them with a sustainable income-generating activity to help overcome the many issues relating to poverty. One in six adults have the HIV virus leaving thousands of widows and orphaned children. The female population suffer most and rarely have sufficient food to provide for their family, girls remain at home to look after their siblings. Having a vegetable garden will produce food for the family and for sale at a market.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Mukuni Chiefdom and other rural communities in Zambia have been decimated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, leaving 710,000 orphaned children. Women bare the brunt of this, many left widowed with no income and several children to support. Grandmothers lose their children and are left with orphaned grandchildren. Girls drop out of school due to lack of funds, having to care for their younger siblings. Hunger is common with insufficient food to suffice a growing family.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Butterfly Tree supports these rural communities by providing improved health, education, water and community facilities. Women are the ones helping to make the change but have little or no income. Girls need education to overcome their hardships and be involved with our HIV and AIDS and prevention and teenage pregnancy programs. Provding seeds will give them an opportunity to not only produce sufficient food for the family but will give them a sustainable income-generating activity.
Potential Long Term Impact
The long-term effect will be tangible - if income is available more girls can be educated both academically and for HIV and AIDS prevention. This will reduce the number of new cases of the HIV virus and early pregnancies in teenage girls. Producing food will alleviate hunger and provide other members of the community with fresh nutritious vegetables.
Total Funding Received to Date: $509
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,491
Total Funding Goal: $2,000