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.
Feb 12, 2016

Thousands of Orphans Have a Better Life

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Orphans at N'gandu School, Mukuni Chiefdom

It is almost ten years since The Butterfly Tree started its orphan support program in Zambia, to date around 1,000 individual orphans have received a sound basic education. Many pupils have since completed high school, others are attending college, while a number have sought employment.

Within a short time of working on this project we realised that it is not only education that the orphans in these remote villages need. Besides going to school they must have safe water to drink, access to better healthcare, improved housing conditions, and sanitation facilities. Consequently we created a holistic approach to the welfare of these vulnerable children by adding bore holes and latrines in schools, building clinics and providing support for malaria and HIV prevention.

Every family has been affected by the HIV pandemic, which has resulted in leaving 1.2 million orphans without one or both parents. Our workshops helped to build confidence and create peer educators who can then go on to teach HIV prevention in schools. This is proving to be the most successful method.

Our holistic approach has enabled us to reach out to several thousand children in the Mukuni, Musokotwane, Sekute and Nyawa Chiefdoms. We have built entire new schools in areas where children had never attended school. Virtually every project we do is for the benefit of the orphans.

In September 2012 when HRH The Princess Royal visited our projects at Mukuni Village, at the end of her tour she said ‘working with orphans is not easy, but you seem to have got it right.'

Now as we approach our second decade our aim is to expand into other Chiefdoms and communities that receive little help. We are delighted to tell you that we have been able to sustain our ability to run the charity both in the UK and Zambia entirely by volunteers, with the addition of Frank Maiolo who helps with this orphan support program in the USA. Most of them have been with us since 2006, and thanks to their dedication and commitment these orphans have a much better chance in life.

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Jan 12, 2016

Water for School Gardens

Simsumuku School welcomes new bore hole
Simsumuku School welcomes new bore hole

In 2015 Zambia was ranked as the third Hungriest country in the world.

The staple diet for most Zambians in maize, which is rain dependent. Due to the unpredicatable global weather patterns in recent years, most countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have been suffering from drought. Zambia is no exception. Last year poor rains caused the crops to perish in rural communities in the Southern Province, resulting in much hunger, especially amonst school children. Unfortunately this year the same pattern appears to be happening, unseasonably high temperatures and low rainfall are being reported.

To help alleviate this problem The Butterfly Tree donates wells to school so that they can grow crops such as sorghum, which are less rain dependent. In addition we provide seeds for beans and vegetables, as well as fertilizer. Sixteen schools have received donations in November 2015. One school, Muchambile, has also been given sunflower seeds to create a sustainable income-generating activity for the school. Sunflower oil will be produced and sold to members of the community and local shops. All profits will be used to buy much needed stationery and books for the pupils.

As part of the Seeds for Life project we raise funds for bore holes (wells). We are delighted to tell you that the charity has raised enough money to install three bore holes and hand pumps for Siachubuki, Bunsanga and Simsimuku rural schools in 2015, making a total of 17 in recent years. This will not only porovide safe drinking water, but also enough water to irrigate crops and vegetables for the school feeding programs.

Because of the recent drought towards the end of last year the streams and rivers were completely dry. Prior to the installation of a bore hole the pupils at Simsimuku School were digging holes in the mud to try and sourse drinking water. Now they have an abundance of water and will shortly be able to provide a daily nutritious meal for the growing children.

This project is vital for rual schools in a country that sufers high levels of poverty, malnutrition, HIV and AIDS and malaria. A small donation can feed an entire school.

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Jan 8, 2016

Advancement for Orphans

New Bore Hole for Simsimuku School
New Bore Hole for Simsimuku School

Everything we do revolves around the welfare of the Zambia orphans. 1.2 million children have lost one or both parents through HIV and AIDS, malaria and poverty related issues.

We take a holistic approach when working with orphans and rural communities, looking to see how their water, food, health and education facilites can be improved. We have made tremendous progress in many areas, most especially by adding bore holes (wells) in schools, most recently to Siachabuki and Simuka. With the prolonged drought, which has caused considerable food shortages throughout the Southern Province, bore holes are essential, not only to provide safe drinking water, but also to enable irrigation for school gardens. This year fifteen schools have received seeds and fertilizers to develop sustainable feeding programs.

Major projects completed in 2015 include the school development at N’gandu with the addition of a 1×3 classroom block, two teacher's houses and latrines. Other schools that recently received funding are River View, who were given desks and text books, and 100 pupils received school bags containing all their educational needs. Kasiya School has new latrines, a teacher’s house has been restored at Kamwi and a new 1×2 classroom block at N’dele.

In December a number of orphans, being sponsored by the charity, completed school and will receive their results in March 2016. Charity Muuya, completed her third year at Teacher's Training College and will be volunteering for The Butterfly Tree while she await employment. Over the Christmas period we have engaged school leavers, who were sponsored by The Butterfly Tree, and having been trained as peer educators, to run HIV prevention workshops.

We are reaching out to 29 schools in four Chiefdoms. Thousands of orphans and vulnerable children, throughout the Kazungula and Livingstone Districts, now have access to improved water supplies, feeding programmes, better education and healthcare.

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