Successful drilling of a borehole - Chikwama
Despite the distressing events that are taking place all around us, I am pleased to say that The Butterfly Tree is doing really well. We are continuing to run the charity as normal and some restrictions have been lifted in Zambia, which has enabled to us to move forward with certain projects that had been put on hold.
I am thrilled to announce that The Butterfly Tree is the winner for ‘Volunteering Abroad Specialist of the year 2020‘, for United Kingdom, at the Travel and Hospitality Awards. Every year the charity welcomes volunteers, donors, and visitors from all over the world to help with our fundamental projects in Zambia.
This is an amazing accolade to receive and I would like to dedicate this award to our local team, without them none of this could happen. If I am not in Zambia Mupotola, Martin, Presley, and Natasha look after the volunteers and visitors, and organise volunteering experiences for them.
Due to the impact that COVID-19 is having on Zambia, most especially those communities close to the mighty Victoria Falls that rely heavily on tourism, we are helping with food distribution and food security.
We are currently providing bags of maize for 300 orphans and 1,000 bags to vulnerable people in Mukuni and surrounding villages. The village is famous for cultural tours and the selling of a variety of local curious. Sadly, until the pandemic passes, they have no source of income.
In the next few weeks we will be adding 5 water reticulation systems in schools in the Kazungula District, thanks to a grant award received earlier this year. These are to support school gardens, which will provide sustainable feeding programmes. In addition, thirty schools are to receive seeds to grow a variety of nutritious vegetables, such as pumpkins and sweet potatoes, for their feeding programmes. Surplus vegetables will be sold to the community with profits being utilised to support orphans and for the purchase of school supplies.
Without a supply of water nothing can be grown. The dry season in the Southern Province of Zambia lasts from the end of April until November. Schools and communities that rely on rivers and streams have a serious problem in periods of drought. 2019 saw the worst drought in Zambia for over 30 years, hunger was widespread, and in some areas, it progressed to famine. Fortunately, the rains finally broke in January this year.
A grant application for an ambitious project for 200 women in Musokotwane and surrounding villages has recently been approved. This will be based on products from mango trees, that grow profusely in rural areas. It will provide extra nutrition during the dry season, as well as a sustainable income-generating activity for these women to support their families.
This project will also receive a borehole. Last week we drilled four boreholes (wells), three for schools and one for a community. As soon as the drilling company is available, we have six more to drill, five for schools and one for a new settlement area, using funds from the grant award.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to donate to our vital projects in Zambia during these challenging times. The support has been both humbling and overwhelming.
Sustainable project for 200 women - Musokowane
Distribution of ground maize to orphans