N'gandu is situated in the Kazungula District of the Southern Provice of Zambia and 28 kilomters to the neares town of Livingstone. The Butterfly Tree has helped to advance the education in their rural school which now goes up to grade 9, after which the pupils have to walk 10 kilometers to reach Mukuni High School, built by The Butterfly Tree.
A group of grades 10-12 girls leave home at 5am to reach Mukuni by 7am to start their lessons. Unfortunately due to lack of income they are unable to have breakfast. During term time the only meal they receive is from the charity's feeding program. This provides a nutritional meal of n'shima (ground maize), meat, fish or beans and vegetables. At 4pm these girls set off for the long walk back to N'gandu Village; during September to December temperatures can soar to 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
When they get back to their mud hut homes far too often there is no food for supper. The Butterfly Tree has funded a small project for these girls to generate some income and to have an additional food supply. The funds will be used to purchase seeds and to have a small shop selling essential produce such as maize, cooking oils and sugar. The aim is for them to be able to make a profit to buy food for their families and to grow their own vegetables and maize.
Though this is not a famine area their is tremndous hunger, particularly amongst school children. Thank you for your generous donations, and we look forward to your continous suppport!
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