Jan 9, 2020

HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN PROTECTED AGAINST MALARIA

Kamwi Junior School Pupils Receive Mosquito Nets
Kamwi Junior School Pupils Receive Mosquito Nets

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION THERE WERE:

  • 228 MILLION MALARIA CASES WORLDWIDE IN 2018
  • 405,000 MALRIA DEATHS WORLDWIDE IN 2018

The rainy season in Zambia is underway, which provides much needed respite from the severe drought that has been affecting the Western, Southern and parts of the Eastern Provinces. Rivers and streams are filling up, providing a source of water for communities and animals. Unfortunately, this is also the start of the malaria season.

During the past few months The Butterfly Tree has continued to increase the support in schools so that children are protected from malaria. Our 'mosquito nets for schools' has expanded and the following schools have each received a full allocation. Mambova Junior Secondary and Chuunga and Kamwi Primary Schools. Each pupil and teacher take ownership of the net to prevent contracting malaria. Records are kept at the school and we monitor the programme to see if there has been any absenteeism from school as a result of malaria.

The previous three schools, River View, Sikaunzwe and Kawewa, that have recieived a donation have not reported any cases of malaria since receiving our support.

Last month, we provided advanced protection for an area called Singwamba in Nyawa Chiefdom. The region has one of the highest prevelances of malaria in the Kazungula District. A team of local people, supervised by The Butterfly Tree's volunteer Environmental Officer, applied safe insecticidal coating to 364 dwellings. This should provide protection for up to two years.

In addition every pond, stream and areas of stagnant water were treated with a safe larvicide, which prohibits the larva from developing into mosquitos. Both products are harmless to humans and dwellings.

The World Health Organisation states that 70% of the world's malaria cases are concentrated in just 11 countries, Zambia is not included in this list. This proves that Zambia is making progess in helping to eliminate malaria. We will continue to raise funds and awareness, and would like to thank everyone who has supported this project. 

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Jan 8, 2020

MANY CHILDREN HAVE IMPROVED ACCESS TO EDUCATION

New school for the remote village of Muyunda
New school for the remote village of Muyunda

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS!

I have always believed that ‘every child has a right to education.’ After working in the rural areas of Zambia for almost fourteen years it is apparent that there are still far too many children unable to attend school, despite education being free up to grade seven. From grade eight upwards school and examination fees are required, as well as uniforms, shoes, books and educational materials.

In many areas of the Kazungula District I observe children being taught in traditional dwellings with only an untrained teacher from the community attempting to teach them the curriculum. Since 2006 we have built entire new schools, and expanded others, for one sole purpose – to provide advanced educational facilities for orphans and vulnerable children living in one of the poorest countries in the world.

The Zambian school year has just ended – throughout 2019 The Butterfly Tree constructed and developed more rural schools than ever before. According to the Ministry of Education we are the biggest contributor to education in the entire Kazungula District. The following projects have now been completed.

  • River View Secondary School – addition of 1×2 classroom block & 2 boarding houses
  • Muyunda – new community school, classroom block, borehole and latrines
  • Nyawa Secondary School – addition of a science lab
  • Nakawa Pre-school – complete facility for early learners – borehole, classroom and latrines
  • Kawewa Primary School – 1×2 classroom block and latrines
  • Mukuni Secondary School – addition of a boarding house
  • Bunsanga Community School – addition of latrines complete the school

The two boarding houses at River View, and one at Mukuni, will allow more pupils from outreach villages to attend high school. We have also donated numerous desks, textbooks, equipment and much more. Chilaba school received a borehole with funding in place to provide clean water for four more schools.

In addition, we are sponsoring some 250 orphans from six schools, more grade 12 pupils completed school this month. We have funded nine students at colleges and universities – Esther and Lillian gained their teaching certificates. Four sponsored youths are now certified builders and have constructed the above boarding houses and latrines. Natasha, previously on sponsorship, is a main member of The Butterfly Tree team and runs the orphan support programme.

Supporting the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 our aim for 2020 is to build and expand more rural schools – construction is underway for a new satellite school close to River View. With 1,500 the school are unable to increase their enrolment, and 280 more pupils need accommodating!

Thank you to everyone for your invaluable support.

Old community school at Muyunda
Old community school at Muyunda

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Nov 22, 2019

FOOD CRISIS UPDATES

Distribution of ground maize - Bunsanga Community
Distribution of ground maize - Bunsanga Community

Thankfully the rains have started, now people are preparing the fields to plant crops, but it will be some months before harvest. After last season’s poor rains when crops throughout the entire region perished, there is a great deal of hunger. Some communities are living on local fruits and wild roots, though the latter can be poisonous, resulting in some children being hospitalized after eating them.

Heart breaking stories are emerging. In the remote area of Dundumwezi two women have lost their lives after giving birth. Having no food of their own they appealed to neighbours who were unable to help them as they were in the same situation. In another area an old lady passed away as she had no one to provide her with food.

Since April The Butterfly Tree has been distributing thousands of bags of maize to people in remote areas of the Kazungula District, who are in desperate need. If we can continue this for the next few months more lives can be saved. We cannot help everyone, but we are certainly preventing a famine in communities where we work. In the past week alone eleven hundreds bags were distributed in Nyawa, Sekute and Mukuni Chiefdoms helping to alleviate the severe hunger amonst these vulnerable communities.

The resilience of these people is truly remarkable. Last week one woman with four young children, after hearing we were distributing maize in Muyunda, walked 15km – unfortunately, she was too late. Not to be deterred she visited one of our volunteers who was able to give her a bag of maize. Happily, she placed it on top of her head then walked the 15km back to her village, with her offspring!

I cannot praise our Zambian volunteers enough – they are outstanding! The whole operation is being implemented with precision and transparency. Headmen are called upon to select the most needy - including orphans and the elderly. Maize is ordered, and sometimes we are only allocated 200 or 300 bags, per day, due to the high demand and load-shedding. Transport is arranged, then distribution points are selected, schools being the main locations as they have secure storage rooms. 

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has shared concern and supported the food crisis, please continue to help us during the Christmas period. A bag of maize costs just $12 or £9 and will feed a family of four for one month. 

 

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