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.
Jan 8, 2016

Superior Malaria Prevention Product for Zambia

Family homes are coated with Mozzimort
Family homes are coated with Mozzimort

 

AREAS TARGETED FOR MALARIA PREVENTION

This year we have been able to increase our support to help the fight against malaria. In November we started distributing the first of the new Vectorcide products in the Mukuni and Sekute Chiefdoms, providing improved protection against malaria.There had been a reduction in new cases of malaria in the Mukuni Chiefdom up until the end of 2014. This was mainly due to the widespread coverage of mosquito nets, which we had donated.

However in 2015, not only Mukuni, but most areas in the Southern Province of Zambia and Zimbabwe, recorded an alarming increase in cases of malaria. This was due to a number of reasons:

  1. Lack of mosquito net distribution
  2. Villages not receiving Indoor Residual Spraying
  3. Drug resistance

The Butterfly Tree carried out the process of applying the coating inside dwellings in targeted areas of the Mukuni Chiefdom. Chuunga, which records the highest number of cases of malaria, does not get any support from the Ministry of Health. They have never conducted Indoor Residual Spraying in this area, which is an hour and forty minute drive through rocky and hilly terrain, from Mukuni Village. It becomes inaccessible during the rainy season.

Siafwebafweba and Kamwi areas were also covered. The surrounding villages are close to a stream and consequently there is a high record of malaria cases.

A total of 740 structures were coated with the addition of the health facilities. A further 289 dwellings were coated in Simoonga area in the Sekute Chiefdom.

The programme was readily accepted by the communities as it will last for two years, and is not harmful to humans and animals as is the case with Indoor Residual Spraying.

 

To date over 1,000 households have been coated with Mozzimort, a safe insecticidal paint.

In addition we are using Larvicide granules, in known breeding areas, to prevent larva developing into mosquito. Our aim is to raise funds and awareness in order to distribute these products throughout Zambia.

To assist us with this program we invited local volunteers to be trained in the use of the products.

It is hoped that the charity can obtain further funding for more areas that have high prevalence of malaria in order to protect children from contracting malaria.

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Oct 27, 2015

SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS

KAMWI TWINS - VINCENT AND ELVIS
KAMWI TWINS - VINCENT AND ELVIS

There are 1.2 million orphans in Zambia, primarily as a result of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. All the work done by The Butterfly Tree in Zambia is designed to improve the welfare of these vulnerable children. Every school we work in has orphans - Mukuni Village has the highest number with a staggering 600 children, over 50%, losing one or both parents!

In October 2010 I had to deal with one of the most heartbreaking situations I have ever encountered. Baby boys, Elvis and Vincent, were born two months premature, after their mother went into early labour. She died during childbirth with a third baby. The hospital could not help them, so when they were just two weeks old, each weighing less than 3lbs, they were sent home, to the remote village of  Kamwi. The Butterfly Tree has supported these vulnerable boys ever since. I am overjoyed to tell you that this month they are celebrating their fifth birthday!

Our program has helped hundreds of orphans, and has enabled them to stay with their friends instead of having to go into orphanages. The first orphan we ever sponsored was Peter Liyungu, who went on to complete high school and is now being sponsored to go to college. Peter and another sponsored orphan called Charity, recently did their work experience at Mukuni and will shortly become qualified teachers. Josias, who has already gained his certificate, is volunteering at N'dele School, whicle awaiting a permanent teaching post.

To prevent new cases of HIV we fund workshops in schools. This project teaches peer educators all about the dangers of HIV, sex education, teenage pregnancies and alcohol issues. Once trained these young educators visit other schools and teach the pupils everything they know about HIV prevention. We are seeing very good results.

As always education is the key to overcoming poverty and its related issues. Your support has enabled us to pay for school and exam fees, buy uniforms, school shoes, bags and books. We are very grateful to all our sponsors, the guardians who look after the orphans and the volunteers who oversee the welfare of these very special children.

 

 

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Oct 21, 2015

Supporting Feeding Programs

School Meals
School Meals

Next month sees the start of the rainy season in Zambia. After several months without of drop of rain the parched African terrain is desperate for water. The communities are praying for good rains as last year the rains were so poor that all the maize crops perished in the Southern Province region.

Good nutrition is essential for early growth, but when your family is so poor there is never enough food to go round, with some families surviving on just one meal per day. Maize is the staple diet of Zambian people, but unfortunately it is rain dependent. Consequently we are looking at alternative crops that need less water, such a millet. One school is pioneering the use of breadfruit, which is highly nutritious and needs little water. If this is successful we will offer it to other schools.

To date we have supported fourteen schools to have sustainable feeding programs. Our evaluation has proved that the pupils perform better and attend daily if there is food available. If they have to walk several miles on an empty stomach it is comforting to know that there will be food available school. The World Food Program is supposed to provide maize to make into a porridge for every school in Zambia. Sadly this is not always the case, far too often it is only provided for one of the three terms per year, and on some ocassions the food is rotten when it is delivered to the school.

In the 21st century no child should be hungry, and yet according to the World Food Program Organization there are 795 million hungry people, of which 75% are in the rural areas of Africa and Asia. Zambia is one of these countries and the reason why, in our own small way, we aim to help alleviate hunger in children.

Funds for seeds and fertilizers are needed for schools for this forthcoming growing season. We are very grateful for your support.

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