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Orphan Education Support - Zambian Villages

by The Butterfly Tree
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
Mukuni Primary School
Mukuni Primary School

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 states: ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all‘ and yet, according to the UN, sub-Sahara Africa still has some of the lowest participation rates in early childhood and primary education.

I frequently find rural children in Zambia not attending school. The reasons being the lack of schools and trained teachers, distances to access education, and high level of poverty. My belief is ‘that every child has a right to education’ – the charity’s main aim is to advance the educational facilities in rural areas and to support orphans and vulnerable children with equal opportunities for boys and girls.

The Butterfly Tree is the biggest contributor to education in the entire Kazungula District. Three more projects are almost complete: Kawewa Primary School will shortly be upgraded after we received a substantial grant. River View has an additional classroom block, and a donor has generously funded an entire new school at Muyunda.

Last year I was informed that 280 pupils, from villages surrounding the town of Kazungula, were not attending school. This area is at the border to Botswana and has hundreds of truck drivers passing through every week. Consequently there is a high prevalence of HIV.

After visiting the area in March I was determined to find a solution for the 280 children, and no doubt the many more undiscovered. Therefore, my proposal was to construct an entire new school as nearby River View, with 1,500 pupils, is full. I am delighted to say that a donor has given The Butterfly Tree significant funds for a classroom block, desks and latrines, in addition to funding two boarding shelters to enable outreach pupils to attend River View School.

A school group from the UK has raised funds to build a further boarding shelter at Mukuni Junior Secondary School and will be arriving in Zambia at the end of July to help with the construction.

We are extremely grateful to all our donors who have helped us to make such tremendous advancements in education. 

 

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Orphans being supported by the charity
Orphans being supported by the charity

As always it was great to be back in Zambia, despite the many challenges we are making a positive change in the Kazugula District through our health and education projects. New schools are being built and more orphans are being supported.

Thirteen years ago I wondered how I would ever raise enough money to build schools and clinics,this year the following projects are currently under:

  • Kawewa Junior – 1×2 classroom block and latrines
  • Nyawa Secondary School – science lab almost complete
  • River View Junior School – 1x 2 classroom block
  • Muyunda Community School – 1×2 classroom block, latrines and borehole
  • Nakawa Pre-school – new classroom block, borehole and latrines, and
  • Bunsanga Junior School - latrines
  • Mukuni Chiefdom - nine more community houses have been built for orphans 

It was a pleasure to visit the schools and see so many children receiving an education. Since our involvement at River View School the number of pupils has increased from 800 pupils to 1,500. The school is situated close to the Botswana Border where there is a high level of HIV, truckers can spend up to three days waiting to cross the river- the good news is that a bridge is currently under construction.

We have increased the number of orphans on sponsorship, they are to be mentored by our peer educators, stressing how important it is for them to complete school. It was wonderful to catch up with students attending university and college, and those that have recently completed skilled-based courses. Edwin, Jafter, Dennis and Peter are now qualified builders and have started working on our construction projects.

I drove to the Nyawa Chiefdom, a remote area 160 km from our base to where we have three education projects being developed. Once these constructions have been completed, they will be handed over to the Ministries of Health and Education and communities. The government provides qualified teachers and the local people form a PTA committee at the schools. The privately-owned pre-school at Nakawa is run by volunteer teachers.

Our aim as always is to create as much sustainability as possible.

River View School Science Laboratory
River View School Science Laboratory
Qualified Builders Sponsored by the Charity
Qualified Builders Sponsored by the Charity

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Secondary School Pupils - Mukuni Village
Secondary School Pupils - Mukuni Village

When four girls from the remote villages of Chuunga recently passed their grade seven exams they were offered places at Mukuni Junior Secondary School. Sadly, they were unable to accept these offers due to distance and cost. Although Chuunga is in the Mukuni Chiefdom it is some 40 kilometres from Mukuni Village. It takes thirteen hours to walk that distance and during the rainy season Chuunga becomes inaccessible for up to three months between January and April.

If they don’t accept this offer their education will end at 13 years of age. We developed the community school at Chuunga so that children would not be left behind, therefore we are pleased to say that, though these girls are not orphans, we will offer our support. They can stay in the boarding house and one of our volunteers has kindly offered to oversee their welfare. 

A further boarding house is to be added this year at Mukuni Scondary School, and will be built by pupils by UK school students, supervised by a prfofessional builder, who raised funds for this project. This will enable more children from outreach villages to gain a secondary education. We are currently seeking funds to build permanent boarding houses for River View School after their mud and poles constructions collapsed during a storm. So often children have to drop out of school far too early due to living considerable distances from a school with higher grades.

This year we have accepted over 30 new vulnerable childern on our orphan support program. Among these is Christine, a nine year old girl with special needs. When she came to us and said ‘I want to go to school like my friends, can you buy me a uniform and books?’ we were all extremely moved. I am pleased to say that we have enroled Christine, so she now attends the special education class, which we buildt in 2009.

Since the start of the school year our peer education group have been working with pupils to help prevent new cases of  HIV and teenage pregnancies. We have also engaged Mukuni Football team, after inviting them to come on board with a new initiative to promote the use of condoms, which can considerably help to prevent the spread of HIV. To date we have sponsored two successful football tournaments in Mukuni Village, the next one being Easter weekend.

Many thanks to everyone for donating to our orphan support program.

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World AIDS Day - Mukuni Village
World AIDS Day - Mukuni Village

WORLD AIDS DAY - DECEMBER 1st, 2018

This day is a way of people coming together to commemorate the loss of some 35.4 million of people who have died from this devastating disease, and to acknowledge the estimated 36.9 million people living with HIV. It is also a time to create further awareness – the theme for this year is ‘know your status’.

The reason why I founded The Butterfly Tree was because I was deeply disturbed after learning that there are so many orphans in Zambia – 1.2 million! In Mukuni Village over half the children have lost one or both parents. Since 2006 the core of our work has revolved around the orphans in Mukuni and throughout the Kazungula District.

Working with orphans is not always easy, but it’s something I embrace whenever I’m in Zambia. Many are living with elderly grandparents in dilapidated conditions. Our orphan support programme has funded the education of hundreds of orphans. To offer further support we hold workshops and mentoring sessions using our peer educators, some are orphans themselves and have been fully trained by UK volunteers. Today, these amazing young people held a workshop for those on our programme.

Twelve years down the line we have produced teachers, technicians, journalists, policemen, hotel managers and security guards to name but a few. Besides sponsoring individual orphans and vulnerable children, we have improved their living conditions, built schools and clinics to give them access to better education and healthcare, provided safe drinking water and feeding programmes, as well and initiating an advanced malaria prevention programme.

I am pleased to say that November was one of the best months in the history of the charity. Besides gaining recognition after being awarded with the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award, the charity came second in a Global Innovation Challenge for our malaria prevention initiative. 

We also received some significant funding in November, which included a substantial grant to advance Kawewa School and donations for a new classroom block at River View Junior School and VIP latrines to add to the borehole for Muyunda School. Mukuni women’s shelter will also receive a VIP latrine.

The entire health centre at Sikaunzwe is almost complete and includes a main clinic, maternity unit, women’s shelter and latrines funded by a grant. The grant also included mosquito nets, which have been given out to pupils and teachers at Sikaunzwe and Kawewa Schools as part of our pioneer programme donating ‘mosquito nets for schools’. River View Science Secondary School’s block is almost finished and one for Nyawa is currently under construction, both generously funded by the Hilary and Neil Charitable Trust. In addition to a borerhole and latrines, Nakawa Pre-school is getting a new classroom block.

Being able to achieve so much has helped so many disadvantaged children – we cannot help all the orphans in Zambia, but with your support we aim to reach out to many more!

 

 

 

Learning Technology
Learning Technology

I feel incredibly lucky to once again go back to Zambia to see the progress your donations have made and to meet up with our wonderful local team. Their tireless efforts to help the people most in need never seizes to amaze me. Currently we have construction works taking place in Sekute, Mukuni and Nyawa Chiefdoms and I managed to get to virtually all of them!

River View is now one of the best schools in the District. In addition to the 1×4 classroom block added last year, the science lab is almost complete, which means that pupils no longer have to travel 60km to Livingstone to sit their exams. A further science lab is currently under construction in Nyawa where pupils travel up to 120km to reach an examination centre.

Donations have also helped the communities in Kauwe and Singwamba to expand their schools and permanent structures are being built at Nakawa Pre-school. A donation for 60 desks for Kauwe School was given out. As the biggest contributor to education in the entire Kazungula District, The Butterfly Tree is continually praised by the Ministry of Education.

A new partnership from Norway has helped to further advance education at River View School. While I was there the lab was set up and the children immediately responded to this new form of learning with the use of technology and game stations. We aim to raise funds to add more learning labs in schools.

An entire new health centre for the people of Sikaunzwe will make a significant difference. With 8,500 people depending on this facility the addition of a new clinic, maternity unit, women’s shelter and latrines as well as beds and equipment will help considerably. This grant will also include the purchase of 1,000 mosquito nets.

The highlight of my trip was to watch the entire process of water being sourced at Mukalahani Village. I was on site at 8am with the donor. For over four hours we patiently waited while the drilling machine dug deeper and deeper until suddenly the deposits of sad turned to mud and eventually water spouted out. The jubilation of the community was a wonderful site to see and by 4pm the Indian hand pump was installed. This is one of six boreholes that we have added in the past few months.

The community housing project for the elderly, widows and orphans continues to grow with 12 more houses completed - a further 6 houses are currently under construction.

One of the toughest, though very rewarding projects I worked with during my time in Zambia, was holding workshops on HIV Prevention, early pregnancies and alcohol abuse at Mukuni, N’gandu and Kamwi Schools. Life is so difficult for these young people, that not only live in an area of extreme poverty, but an area of high HIV prevalence – they have suffered so much loss. However, I have learnt a great deal over the years, improving the ways to get the message over and hope that the orphans in particular will benefit from these sessions, which will be continued by our trained peer educators.

There was one more thing I needed to do before I headed back to the UK and that was to wish Vincent and Elvis, the Kamwi Twins, a ‘Happy Birthday’. Now eight years old The Butterfly Tree has sponsored them since their mother sadly died during childbirth with their baby sister. They are an absolute joy and like most Zambians they love football – credit must be given to their grandmother who has continued to nurture them.

Many thanks to all of you for your tremendous support.

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The Butterfly Tree

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

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