Beneficiaries from Kamwi School
What a year! After reporting that last year was one of the best years we have ever had, this financial year has topped it. We have completed more projects, further advanced our malaria prevention programme, and provided safe clean water, sanitation and community houses for thousands of orphans and vulnerable people.
As always, our orphan sponsorship programme is at the forefront of our work, with Mukuni and River View being the biggest schools we support. The schools have 1,350 and 1,500 pupils respectively, therefore the majority of sponsorship takes place at these two schools. Kamwi, N’gandu, Ndele also get support as well as few orphans at and Kazungula Boarding School and some children from outreach schools in Mukuni and Sekute Chiefdoms.
Seventeen students were sponsored at university and colleges studying a variety of courses including teaching, journalism, IT, building, plumbing, electrics and tailoring. The skilled based courses give school leavers an opportunity to be self-employed or set up local enterprises. We received a wonderful donation from in the form of a new educational method using technology with stations, which has been installed at River View School
Education is vitally important for children living in rural areas, not just from early learning, but also to have adequate facilities for secondary school studies. After the success of River View, which is now an approved examination centre, we have been built a science lab in Nyawa to prevent pupils having to travel 120km to sit their finals. After seeing classrooms with as many as 110 pupils at River View School a 1×2 classroom block is under construction, and also one for Kawewa School to give them the opportunity incorporate grades 8 and 9. Latrines were added to Bunsanga School to complete the development of a new community.
A further honour has helped to boost the charity after I was awarded The Prime Minister’s Points of Life Award for my work with orphans and malaria prevention. This was totally unexpected, extremely humbling, and something that I share with my fellow Trustees and volunteers, both in the UK and Zambia. Without their commitment the charity would not be so successful.
Nothing would be achieved without The Butterfly Tree team in Zambia. Their tireless and selfless efforts are truly remarkable. Every day they administer and manage numerous projects for our water, food, health and education programmes as well as the orphan sponsorship. Frequently they hours on end to reach remote schools and communities throughout the Kazungula District. No charity can continue to prosper without the support of its donors and fundraisers. We have acquired a considerable number of global followers who generously donate funds and award grants for our projects. A huge thanks to every one of our donors.