Oct 31, 2019

RURAL SCHOOL DEVELOPMENTS

New classroom block for River View pupils
New classroom block for River View pupils

I have just retutned from a rewarding trip to Zambia and can report on the following progress.

On the education front a boarding house has been completed at Mukuni Secondary School, this means that more pupils from outreach villages can enrol in the high school, whereas previously they would have to drop out of school after grades 7 or 9.

A further classroom block at River View Secondary Schoo, is now in use, for the 1,500 pupils atteding this school. In addition two boarding houses are currently under construction at this school. What makes these developments so special is that four youths, who were on our orphan support programme, are now certified builders. In the past nine months they have built the boarding houses, toilets and most recently a mother’s shelter. They are now earning an income and can support their families.

Muyundu Community School, in a remote area of Nyawa Chiefom, has a new classroom block and latrines. The aim of developing these rural schools is so that the Zambian Miinistry of Education can provide qualified teachers. Kawewa Primary School Development has now been completed in order for the school to introduce grades 8 and 8 at the start of the new school year in January 2020.

Another year will shortly end and more orphans on our support programme will be completing school. Besides some 250 individuals being sponsored in education, we currently have 8 college students being sponsored. We are delighted to announce that Esther, from N'gandu Village in Mukuni Chiefdom, has recently graduated from teachers' training college.

Our next education project is to develop an entire new satellite school at the Kazungula border. After discovering that almost 300 children have never been to school, we aim to construct a 1x3 classroom block and toilets for these vulnerable children, many of them living in extreme poverty. The facility will be a feeder school to River View. The area has a high prevalence of HIV and will be an invaluable asset to this town.

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Oct 14, 2019

More Mosquito Nets for Schools

Despite the severe drought in the Southern and Western Provinces of Zambia, mosquitos continue to plague the communities. September and October, the months prior to the rainy season, is the time to provide internventions to help prevent people from contracting malaria.

Thanks to recent donations we have been able to include more schools in our 'mosquito nets for schools' programme. Mambova School, situated next to the mighty Zambezi River, received the latest donation at the start of the month.

Our next target is the Ngwezi Zone in Musokotwane Cheifdom. The area has a high prevalence of malaria, is very remote and becomes inaccessible during the rainy season. The inside of dwellings will be painted with our safe insectidal coating, which has proved to be highly successful n other areas, and larvicide will be placed where there is water.

In addition, Ngwezi School and small community schools in the area will receive mosquito nets. The health centres do not provide nets to children over five, as children under five and pregnant women are priority.

Accordng to the World Health Organisation malaria is on the increase globally. Consequently, it is imparative to provide universal coverage for the areas that are known to have malaria. Our aim as always is to provide for protection in rural areas that receive no other support, most especially for children.

Oct 3, 2019

Sucsseful Year for Orphan Support

Beneficiaries from Kamwi School
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.

 

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