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.
Jan 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Brian training to become a pilot
Brian training to become a pilot

2016 was a very succussful year for The Butterfly Tree. So much has been achieved that it is impossible to write about everything, so for today I would like to share with you an amazing success story about Brian. We started sponsoring Brian in grade 8 at Mukuni Basic School, after he had achieved good results in grade 7. When he later took his exams at the end of grade 9 he did so well that the government offered Brian a place at a High School, where he would have to board, and I was asked to sponsor him. However, in 2007 we had built and opened the High School at Mukuni Village, so that orphaned and rural pupils could afford to complete their education. Consequently I was reluctant to approve this, especially as boarding school fees are obviously much higher. 

Unfortunately I had to explain to Brian that we could sponsor two more orphans for the extra money needed to send him to boarding school, and that I could not grant him this opportunity. It was a difficult decision knowing that he would excel at a more advanced school than Mukuni. However, though at first disappointed, he accepted it and completed high school in 2015.

Attending High School at Mukuni Village was challenging for Brian, but proved to be hugely beneficial. During this time some American tourists visited the school and met Brian. After they learnt that he wanted to be a pilot they offered to sponsor him. Coming from a humble background this was an incredible opportunity for Brian, he has embraced it and I am sure he will do exceeding well.

In his own words:

‘Thank you so much Jane, I am and will always be grateful for your help. I remember when I wrote my grade nine exams and qualified to go to a boarding school but things never worked that way, I got mentally disturbed such that it affected my performance during my high school and my final results from secondary. I am humbled that even when I had to repeat to grade 11 you still continued to help me, and today by the grace of God I am pursuing my career to become an airline pilot. I am very sure my Teachers are proud and very soon will be very proud to say ”one of our own is now pilot” and that is my desire to inspire my brothers and sisters that it is not about the environment but the mindset of an individual. Always grateful and humbled’. Brian

I would like to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to everyone of our orphan sponsors, and all our donors, fundraisers and volunteers from around the world and to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year.

 

 

 

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Dec 28, 2016

More Support needed for Malaria Prevention

Distribution of Mosquito Nets - Kafekwa Village
Distribution of Mosquito Nets - Kafekwa Village

Thank to everyone who has supported our malaria prevention project during the past year. We have had a great deal of success in reducing the number of cases of malaria in the Mukuni Chiefdom. This is due to the extensive funding we have raised to provide mosquito nets and a safe insecticide coating inside mud hut dwellings and the health centre. In addition we used Larvicide granules to treat ponds and areas of stagnant water. This product is harmless to fish, animals and the environment, but does prevent the larva developing into mosquito.

Our base is close to the Zambezi River in The Kazungula District of Zambia. This area recorded the nation's second highest number of cases of malaria between January and June this year. The highest number of cases were recorded in the Ndola District, in the Central Province. A staggering 64,000 cases of malaria occured during this past season.

Although there are a number of large organisations tackling malaria quite clearly more needs to be done. Drug resistance is building and new strains of malaria are appearing. According to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who certified the products we are using, these are the most superior currently available globally. We are delighted to be the first charity in the world to use these products and to fund a project that can help save lives.

As yet, we have covered only a small area, but the Zambian government has declared that the products are highly effectie in fighting the malaria vector. We have the full support of the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Centre.

In addition we will continue to provide mosquito nets to give maximum protection against this dealy discease, which takes the life of a child every sixty seconds.

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Dec 27, 2016

More Schools Receiving Support

Kazungula Boarding School Garden
Kazungula Boarding School Garden

Thank you to all the donors who have supporded our Seeds for Life project in Zambia. I am delighted to say that we have been able to expand our support to more rural schools who get very little help from the outside world. 

The past two years the areas where we work haxe experienced drought, hunger has been common place, especially amongst school children who have to walk long distances to school. The importance of school meals in these outreach communities cannot be underestimated. As long as the school has a source of water maize and other vegetables can be grown to support a feeding program. When we develop or expand a school the first facility we look at is that of water. 

If there is a nearby stream then treddle pumps can be used to pump water to irrigate the gardens. Unfortunately this same water is oftern the only main source of drinking water, hence the high number of cases of diarrhoeal cases in children. This year we have donated four bore holes, also known as wells, to River View, Nguba and Mayala rural schools and Kazungula Boarding School. As a result a further 2,600 children now have access to safe drinking water.

The new school year in Zambia starts in January, which is also the rainy season and a good time to plant seeds for the feeding program. Though each rural school is supposed to be provided with supplies from the World Food Program, this can be inconsistent. At times the schools receive only enough ground maize for one or two terms, leaving a shortfall for the remaining terms. 

By helping the schools to create their own garden they can meet the shortfall and help more vulnerable children. It also creates sustainibility as any surplus food can be sold within the community.

With Christmas now behind us, and the realisation that we have been fortunate enough to celebrate it with traditonal meals such as turkey and all its trimmings, with your donations we can now help those less fortunate than we are.

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