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Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages

by The Butterfly Tree
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Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages
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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Orphans supported in Mukuni Village
Orphans supported in Mukuni Village

I have just returned from Zambia where much of my time was spent meeting the orphans we are supporting, mainly at Mukuni, Kamwi, Ngandu and River View Schools. This past year our priority has been to ensure that they all have food as many of them live alone or with elderly grandparents. The new school year commenced in January and some of the orphans progressed to grades 8 and 10 after sitting exams. Unfortunately, some failed and will re-sit their exams later in the year. The drought has worsened the poverty in most areas and many parents have been unable to enrol their children in school this year. However, we recently had an increase in people wanting to sponsor orphans, subsequently we will continue to include all children that are vulnerable.

More children in Kazungula will shortly be able to attend school. Since our involvement at River View School the enrolment is now 1,600 pupils. The facility in Kazungula, the only township where we have a project, cannot take any more pupils. The new satellite school is almost complete and will take the overflow from the lower grades as well as children who have never been to school. The boarding shelters, funded by the same donors, accommodates over 40 pupils from outreach villages.

Twenty houses for orphans, disabled people and the elderly are currently being constructed by our youth builders. Funds have been donated to build a shop/workroom for uniform-making in Mukuni Village and five girls are to attend college as a result of a grant.

Thousands of children are receiving advanced education where previously they were taught in a mud and pole schools by untrained teachers. Our aim for the coming months is to provide food security for schools and communities, install more boreholes and expand educational facilities in rural areas. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported The Butterfly Tree.

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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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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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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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Location: Warwick, Warwickshire - United Kingdom
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Frank Maiolo
Monument, Colorado United States

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