Oct 6, 2020

SCHOOLS REOPEN AND MORE ORPHANS SPONSORED

Elina, completing high school to attending college
Elina, completing high school to attending college

After months of staying at home due the coronavirus pandemic, with no laptops or computers to access online education, Zambian children are back in school. From June to late August only examination grades were allowed to attend education facilities, but now under strict safety guidelines schools are operating and the children are eager to learn.

The Butterfly Tree continues to donate soap, hand sanitising gel and disinfectant to schools and clinics. The Zambian government stated that masks are compulsory, and that parents and guardians must provide them. Though they cost only 50 cents for many parents this is not possible. After a year of drought, followed by COVID-19, which has resulted in the international tourist industry for Livingstone, Victoria Falls and Kazungula, coming to standstill, poverty levels have increased.

River View, our flagship school has opened its doors to 1,500 pupils and has been highly commended by the Ministries of Health and Education thanks to our support. The new satellite school, opened this year, has enabled more children to access education in Kazungula. Being close to the border to Botswana this area has a high prevalence of HIV – it is imperative that children are education to prevent them being enticed into prostitution and trafficking. It is hoped that the new bridge linking Zambia to Botswana will prevent truck drivers having to stay overnight in Kazungula.

Hunger continues to be an issue therefore we are providing pupils that are boarding at both River View and Mukuni with food. Throughout this challenging year we have ensured that all orphans and vulnerable children, under The Butterfly Tree sponsorship, receive regular bags of maize. Due to the weak economy we can now purchase a bag of maize for just $10.

I am pleased to say that we are sponsoring more orphans this term, thanks to new sponsors offering support. In addition to Mukuni, children at N’gandu, Kamwi, Ndele, River View and Kazungula Boarding School are being helped. A further 6 students are being sponsored at universities and colleges as a result of receiving a grant, which has enabled five girls to do a one-year diploma course in Livingstone. Thousands more vulnerable children are gaining a sound education.

The Butterfly Tree is currently expanding Musokotwane Secondary School with the addition of a 1x3 classroom block, a science labe, boarding houses and toilets. A new water system will provide a food production unit to enhance their sustainable feeding programme.

Mindful that the demand for donations is escalating everyway I cannot thank enough every one of our donors who continue to support The Butterfly Tree and some of Zambia’s 1.2 million orphans. Numerous lives have been transformed and these vulnerable children have hope!

Oct 1, 2020

COVID-19 DONATIONS ENABLE SCHOOLS TO REOPEN

Food donations - Mukuni Village
Food donations - Mukuni Village

The World Health Organisation states that hunger in developing countries is increasing due to the impact COVID-19 is having on communities. This is very apparent where we are based in Zambia - people depend on tourism as their only source of income. Those working in lodges, hotels, activities and curio markets have had no work nor done any business since March.

Thanks to the support we have received hundreds of households in the Villages of Mukuni, N'gandu and Kamwi, situated in close proximity to the Victoria Falls, have received bags of maize, the staple diet of Zambians, to ease the situation. In addition, orphans and vulnerable children are being supported and given extra food. We have also helped schools to create sustainable feeding programmes and helping those pupils that are boarding.

Last month the Zambian government announced that all schools and learning facilities could reeopen. Previously only those in examination grades were permitted to attend to school. However, strict measures must be adhered to and with the weak economy many schools were unable to provide PPE to keep the children and teachers safe.

The donations from this project have enabled us to purchase soap, hand sanitsing gel and disinfectant for schools in the Kazungula District. Our flagship school, River View, has opened its doors to 1,500 pupils and last week officers from both the Ministry of Health and Education visited the site. They commended the school for the precautions they had put in place and thanked The Butterfly Tree for providing the neccessary supplies. 

Parents are supposed to provide masks for their children, but sadly for many this has not been possbile. Though a mask costs only 50 cents, their priority is providing food. Singawamba School reported that out of 560 pupils, 283 were unable to provide masks and were not allowed to attend school. More donations are needed so that we can ensure that all children are back in education after a;read missing several months this year.

We are extremely grateful to the donors who have supported this cause and aim to continue raising funds and awareness until the pandemic eases. In total 21 schools and 30 clinics have received help so far.

Sep 3, 2020

COVID-19 SUPPORT HELPS ZAMBIA COMMUNITIES

FAMILY IN KAMWI HAVE NO FOOD IN THEIR GARDEN
FAMILY IN KAMWI HAVE NO FOOD IN THEIR GARDEN

COVID-19 continues to dominate World News and though the number of cases is reducing in some regions, others are still increasing. While the focus is on finding a vaccine millions of people around the world are suffering from severe hunger due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report forecast from the United Nations ‘Across the planet, the COVID-19 pandemic could tip over 130 million more people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.

Sadly, Zambia is one of the countries where hunger is increasing, most especially in the area where we are based near Livingstone. Tourists normally flock to see the might Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site, throughout the year, but like most countries Zambia’s tourism has come to a standstill.

Mukuni Village income is primarily from tourism. The traditional Leya people welcome visitors to learn about the culture of the Leya people and gain an insight into a traditional nomadic way of like. Members of the community worked at nearby lodges and hotels, or for tour operators, others run the white-water rafting and gorge swing adventures. In addition, there are two normally bustling markets, one in Mukuni and one by the Victoria Falls. Their arts and crafts are renowned, consisting of beautiful wood carvings, basketry, and jewellery. The sale of these items feeds families and pay for medicines and school fees. Though the markets have reopened there are very few customers.

Hunger in Mukuni Village and their surrounding communities was becoming critical, but now thanks to your donations many families have food. Hundreds of bags of ground maize, the staple diet of Zambians, have been distributed to those most in need. A 25kg bag of maize, costs just $10 and will feed a family of four for three weeks.

Besides food distribution we continue to provide rural schools and clinics with PPE. It is mandatory for all pupils and teachers to wear masks and for the school to provide soap, hand sanitizing gel and disinfectant. Unfortunately due to the extreme poverty funds are not available. We have provided all these items to 21 schools and 30 clinics as well as infrared thermometers

Thank you to everyone who has supported this vital appeal, please keep the donations coming to enable vulnerable people in Zambia to have food and protection from coronavirus.

Distribution of ground maize - Kamwi Village
Distribution of ground maize - Kamwi Village
 
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