Jun 8, 2020


Locally made masks using medically approved design
Locally made masks using medically approved design

I am pleased to report that despite the magnitude of the coronavirus pandemic our new financial year has got off to a positive start. This is mostly thanks to the continual support of our loyal donors and the success of the 2.6 challenge.

The  2.6 Challenge which took place on the 24th April was very well supported even though we had only one week to prepare. The Trustees, all did activities except for one who managed her 91- year old mother’s activity, walking up and down the garden 26 times, which raised a substantial amount of money.

Most of our volunteers took part, one kindly held free visual exercise classes, asking people to donate. 24 people participated, several of them donors, including the entire family of five! My young neighbours, age 6 and 9, heroically cycled 26 kms. Some people walked 2.6 miles and 5.2 miles, others ran up and down steps 26 times, danced to the song ‘Happy’ 26 times, and a 2.6 minutes headstand.

A huge thanks to everyone who took part, to our donors, and the new ones we gathered along the way! The funds raised are being used to support Zambia through the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of it will provide soap, buckets with taps, bowls, hand sanitising gel and disinfectant for schools. Pupils in grades 7, 9 and 12 who are sitting examinations later this year returned to school on the 1st June.

Twenty schools are being helped. There are 70 schools in the Kazungula District, therefore we are seeking further support as they are not permitted to open without adequate protection for pupils and teachers. We are also providing rural health centres with PPE equipment as the only form of protection medical workers have are gloves.

Two of the youths that were on The Butterfly Tree orphan sponsorship programme are producing masks to donate to schools and communities. Both tailors, they are making medically approved masks out of colourful cotton chitengi material.

To date there are 1,087cases of COVID-19 mostly in Lusaka and border towns. Zambia has eight borders, which makes in difficult when truck drivers are passing through daily. However, the Ministry of Health is testing the drivers and if found to be positive they must go to a designated quarantine area. It is hoped that the rural areas will be less affected.

We will continue to support rural schools and clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic, more donations will be greatly appreciated.

May 5, 2020


Mambova Junior Secondary School
Mambova Junior Secondary School

April 25th marked World Malaria Day. This year the World Health Organisation, with seleced partners, is promoting a grassroots campaign called ‘Zero malaria starts with me.

The Butterfly Tree has been providing support to Zambia for malaria prevention since 2007, offering interventions that are proving to reduce the number of cases of malaria and helping to save lives.

With the current COVID-19 global pandemic malaria must not be overlooked. In 2018 there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria and 405,000 deaths, down from 416,000 in 2017, showing that interventions are working. Sadly, 67% of deaths were children under the age of five.

Thanks to the tremendous support we have received The Butterfly Tree now has now has malaria prevention programmes in Mukuni, Nyawa, Sekute and Moomba Chiefdoms, in the Kazungula District of Southern Province. Universal coverage is provided with the use of mosquito nets, a safe insecticidal coating, which is painted inside dwellings, and larvicide. The latter when placed in ponds and streams prevents larva from developing into mosquitos.

Our ‘mosquito nets for schools' programme is helping to provide protection for children above five years, as this age group rarely get selected bu the Ministry of Heaslth as priority is given to pregnant women and under-fives. Every pupils and teacher is given a mosquito net and takes ownership, and monitoring takes place in order to track new cases of malaria.To date we have donated nets to thousands of children at River View, Sikaunzwe, Kauwe, Kamwi, Chuunga and Mambova Schools, this has considerabley reduced the number of malaria cases. Three more schools have recently been covered - Bunsanga, Chilaba and Malimba

We are delighted to have been selected for the second year running by a national women's group in the UK as one of their two charities of the year for 2020-21.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this vital programme.

Apr 14, 2020


Boarding House for Girls - River View School
Boarding House for Girls - River View School

Amid the alarming, shocking and disturbing daily news due to the COVID-19 global pandemic I would like to bring you some good news. At the end of March we completed another financial year for The Butterfly Tree, and I am delighted to inform you that 2019-20 was by far the best year since the founding of the charity in 2006. We not only doubled last year’s donations but completed more projects than ever before, as well as providing emergency food relief to thousands of people affected by Zambia’s worst drought in 30 years.

Our Annual Report and Accounts will be published in due course.

In the meantime, these are some of the many Orphan Education Support projects your generous donations enabled us to do:

Science lab – Nyawa Secondary School

1×2 classroom block – Muyunda Community School

1×2 classroom block and latrines – Kawewa Junior School

New satellite junior school – Kazungula

1×2 classroom block & 2 boarding houses – River View Secondary School

Boarding house for girls – Mukuni Secondary School

Donations of desks and textbooks to rural schools

Nakawa pre-school farm project

Funding for 5 boreholes in schools

Construction of 22 community houses for orphans

Sponsorship of hundreds or orphans at schools and colleges

Food distibution to some 10,000 households for orphans and vulnerable children

We cannot express enough how grateful we are for your tremendous support that has enabled us to achieve so much. Every donation, large and small, has contributed to the ongoing success of The Butterfly Tree.

CORVID-19 has reached Zambia, as of today there are 45 known cases. In the past few weeks we started an awareness campaign to circulate details, to remote areas in Zambia, of the pandemic and advice on how to prevent contracting it. This is mainly to target rural communities that may not have heard of the coronavirus, due to having no mobile phones or internet access.

Please continue to suppor this vital project, which is helping to improve the lives of so many orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia.


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