Dec 29, 2020

FOOD PRODUCTION UNITS IN SCHOOLS

Water Reticulation Systems in Schools
Water Reticulation Systems in Schools

As 2020, with all its challenges, comes to an end, schools in Zambia have hope for a better future. After the severe drought of 2019, the rains this year have come in abundance, just in time for planting, which traditionally starts on Christmas Day.

Thanks to receiving a substantial grant award earlier this year, The Butterfly Tree has donated seeds, fertilizer, and gardening tools to 25 schools in the Kazungula District. The Ministry of Education states that all schools must initiate a food production unit to sustain a feeding programme for their pupils. This is not easy when the poverty levels, made worse by the drought and COVID-19, are so extreme. As a result, many pupils are failing to pay school fees and only have one meal per day.

The food production units will not only provide a sustainable feeding programme, but surplus crops and vegetables will be sold to the community. Prophets from the sales will be used to pay school fees and uniforms for orphans and vulnerable children, and to purchase educational supplies.

Each school received a variety of seeds, including maize, the staple diet of Zambians, sorghum, which is less rain dependent than maize, and a mixture of nutritious vegetables.

Five of the biggest schools in the Kazungula District, River View, Singwamba, Katapazi, Matengu and Chaba received water reticulation systems, also funded by the grant aid, and an additional one at Musokotwane Secondary School, from a private donor. The solar powered submersible pump and storage tank will provide a constant supply of water during the dry season.

We are extremely grateful for the grant, which has boosted our “Seeds for Life” project and for all the individual donations which have enabled us to reach out to more rural schools. Our aim for 2021 is to raise more funds in order to supply additonal schools with water systems to assist for invaluable food production units, especially during the 6 month 'dry' period from April to November.

Wishing all our volunteers, donors, and beneficiaries a healthy and peaceful New Year.

Water Storage Tank
Water Storage Tank

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Dec 23, 2020

MORE SCHOOL CHILDREN PROTECTED FROM MALARIA

Mosquito net distribution - Malimba School
Mosquito net distribution - Malimba School
Every two minutes a child dies from malaria. According to UNICEF, malaria there are 2,500 deaths each day, these are mostly children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. Zambia has a high prevalence of malaria.
The Butterfly Tree has provided tens of thousands of mosquito nets in rural areas throughout the Kazungula District. In 2017 a project, pioneered by the charity called ‘mosquito nets for schools’, was launched after learning that school children were contracting malaria due to lack of protection. Priority is usually given to pregnant women and children under the age of five.
To date the charity has donated mosquito nets to 13 schools in the Kazungula District, the most recent being Moomba in a reemote area, some km from our base near Livingstone, Siamasimbi, Ndele and Chuunga Schools.
In 2015, The Butterfly Tree initiated a safe innovation to protect people from malaria, which is highly effective in reducing the number of cases. A safe insecticidal coating is painted on the inside of dwellings, when a mosquito lands on a wall, it will pierce the surface, ingest the chemical and will fly off die. In addition, larvicide granules are dispersed in ponds and streams to prevent larva from developing into mosquitos. Both interventions are safe to humans, animals and fish. This has proved to be highly effective in reducing cases of malaria in areas of distribution in Mukuni, Nyawa and Moomba Chiefdoms.
The rainy season has started in Zambia and this is the time when malaria is most prevalent. The festive season we are appealing for donations to buy more mosquito nets for school children. I would like to thank everyone who has made a donation and wish all our supporters a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.
A mosquito costs just £6 or $9 and could save a child's life.

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Dec 21, 2020

MORE SCHOOL CHILDREN PROTECTED FROM MALARIA

Mosquito net distribution - Malimba School
Mosquito net distribution - Malimba School

Malaria prevention - Every two minutes a child dies from malaria. According to UNICEF, malaria there are 2,500 deaths each day, these are mostly children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. Zambia has a high prevalence of malaria.

The Butterfly Tree has provided tens of thousands of mosquito nets in rural areas throughout the Kazungula District. In 2017 ‘mosquito nets for schools’ launched by the charity after learning that school children were contracting malaria due to lack of protection. Priority is usually given to pregnant women and children under the age of five. To date the charity has donated mosquito nets to 13 schools in the Kazungula District. The most recent being Moomba, Siamasimbi, Chuunga and Ndele Schools, all in remote areas where malaria is prevalent.

 In 2015, The Butterfly Tree initiated a safe innovation to protect people from malaria, which is highly effective in reducing the number of cases. A safe insecticidal coating is painted on the inside of dwellings, when a mosquito lands on a wall, it will pierce the surface, ingest the chemical and will fly off die. In addition, larvicide granules are dispersed in ponds and streams to prevent larva from developing into mosquitos. Both interventions are safe to humans, animals and fish. This has proved to be highly effective in reducing cases of malaria in areas of distribution in Mukuni, Nyawa and Moomba Chiefdoms.

To further help the global fight against malaria The Butterfly Tree has been working with a film company who specialise in medical aid. They have produced a wonderful, animated video on malaria prevention, after which The Butterfly Tree had it translated into the local Tokalya language. 

The film has since been circulated to all health facilities in the Kazungula District and is one of their major methods use to sensitize the people and for facilities that do not have any equipment mobiles phone communication is being used.

This Christmas we are appealing for donations for malaria prevention - a mosquito costs just £6 or $9. 100% of your donation will go directly to the cause. Thank you to everyone who has supported our malaria prevention programme in Zambia.

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