The Butterfly Tree charity was founded by Jane Kaye-Bailey after a business incentive trip to Zambia with her late husband, Lawrence, in February 2006. During a visit to the Mukuni Village they learned about the decimation caused by HIV/AIDS in Zambia, every family had been infected or affected. Out of 1000 pupils attending Mukuni Basic School 450 were orphans. Shocked and disturbed by what she had learnt Jane was determined to find a way to raise funds to help these vulnerable children.
In April 2006 vigilant about where the money would go, Jane and her son David, returned to Mukuni Village to offer further assistance, taking with them medical supplies for the clinic, clothing for the orphans, books and stationary for the school.During that time they met with the Chieftainess, the Prime Minister and the School’s Head Teacher gaining knowledge of what could be done to improve the lives of these ‘needy’ people. Muchof the time was spent at Mukuni Basic School learning about the orphans.
Inspired by the three little girls pictured above the UK charity was founded by Jane and registered in February 2007. A month later The Butterfly Tree was registered as a Non-Government Organization in Zambia, where the team comprises the UK Trustees and local Zambian people. Between them they have a vast amount of experience in business, charitable and community work as well as health and education.
The Butterfly Tree has made a significant difference to these villages, working alongside members of the Mukuni Chiefdom; advancing the education, health, water and community facilities. Vast amounts of supplies have been air freighted to the area and The Butterfly Tree orphan sponsorship program to date has supported 500 individual orphans in addition to assisting thousands more vulnerable children. The Butterfly Tree believes that every child has a right to education.
In helping to fund a three-bay classroom Mukuni Basic School has the first rural ‘high school’ in the Kasungula District. The children can now complete grade twelve instead of having to leave after grade nine, as many cannot afford to board in Livinstone’s high school. The BFSS provided The Butterfly Tree with a grant to equip this project. The charity has also built a pre-school and is funding three members of staff, attended by 225 young children from Mukuni Village and has provided 13 pit-latrine toilets for both the pupils and teachers. Huge amounts of stationery and equipment has been provided. Feeding programs for over 1500 vulnerable children are assisted by the charity at Mukuni, Siamasimbi, N’gandu, Kamwi, Katapazi and Mubiana Schools.
2009 saw the upgrading of Katapazi School and bore holes were added to the schools of Katapazi, Mukuni, N’gandu and Siamasimbi. In 2010 six additional classrooms had been build at Kamwi, Siamasimbi, and three at Mukuni for special education, pre-school and grades 8 & 9. In 2011 a pre-school for Machenje and a new school for Mandandi were completed in the Mukuni Chiefdom. Matengu and Silelo in the Musokatwane Chiefdom have entire new schools which opened in 2012. Materials and equipment have been provided for all these schools with the addition of N’Songwe, Libala, Mulindi and Manyemunyemu.
The renovation of the Mukuni Health Centre and building a maternity clinic was done in 2007. Katapazi’s clinic was restored and extended in 2009 and N’songwe had a staff house in 2010. Funds were also given to a ‘distraught’ family to build a new house after their home had burned down in an accidental fire, since then some 50 community houses have been built. A villager was given money to set up a welding business and an elderly man from Kamwi was given a donkey to ease his burden of carrying heavy loads of vegetables twenty miles to town, he supplied the school with his produce until his death in 2011. Other income-generating activities include goat and chicken rearing, uniform making and gardening.
Nine leaking tanks have been replaced at Mukuni Village and further bore holes have been added to Kamwi, Libala, Malima and Sibbulo schools and the villages of Chise and Kafekwa; each school grows vegetables to support the feeding programs.
Africa malaria and four HIV/AIDS programs have been introduced and a housing project. The 50 community houses have been built for the elderly and widows housing orphans. Treatment and operations have been funded for a number sick children. Sustainable income-generating activities are being run at the schools and in the villages.
The villages of Ng’andu, Kamwi, Katapazi, Chise, Machenje, Siamasimbi, Kafekwa, N’songwe and Dumwa are among the villages that have received assistance from The Butterfly Tree. Areas of Livingstone affected by the floods in January received medical supplies, blankets and clothing air-freighted to assist the crisis. We have distributed TME’s educational DVDs to many areas throughout Zambia.
2011 saw a substantial amount of construction taking place. A number of community schools, originally built of mud will have permanent structures consisting of classrooms, teachers’ houses, latrines and for some the addition of bore holes. Two of these schools, Matengu and Sillelo are in the Musokotwane Chiefdom, some 80 kilometres from our base at Mukuni. The Special Education unit we have opened is the only one of its kind in a Zambia village. A shelter has been added to The Butterfly Tree maternity clinic for women who have to walk up to 50 kilometres to the nearest clinic to give birth. We were selected by a global corporate as having the best proven record of transparency and as a result received a substation donation.
A great deal of progress has taken place in 2012 with the opening of four new schools, a boarders’ shelter and a Music Centre at Mukuni, the village also received an additional bore hole for to help the population of over 7000. Chuunga community school now has a bore hole and the school will be developed in 2013. The Butterfly Tree in Zambia was honoured to receive a visit from The Princess Royal as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth visits and delighted to have been short listed for the UK Travel Mole’s Web Awards as Best Responsible Tourism Site.
Chuunga Community School welcomes a new bore hole
2013 saw our work reaching out to a fourth Chiefdom adding much needed boreholes to Kauwe and Muchambila Basic Schools. A new 1×2 classroom block has been added at Mukuni Basic and latrines at Mukuni Health Centre and Kamwi Basic School. River Basic School has had a Special Education Unit added and a further one is being constructed at Katapazi. A mother’s shelter has been constructed at Mambova clinic and hundreds of mosquito nets have been distributed in Sikute Chiefdom. In July an entire new health centre at Mahalulu, complete with a maternity clinic, women’s shelter, bore hole, 3 staff houses and latrines will be completed.
A new initiative to create a sustainable income-generating enterprise for Mukuni schools leavers is being developed.
2014 saw a considerable amount of improvements to schools, which included a special education unit at Simango, further development at Muchambile and the addition of a bore hole, classroom restoration, latrine and an extra teacher’s house for Nampuyani. These three schools are in The Nyawe Chiefdom while Simango is in Musokotwane. Seven community houses were built for widows and orphans and a new malaria prevention programme was initiated.
Way forward for Charity
Our vision is to improve the lives of people, most especially orphans, living in rural communities decimated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. By going into the heart of these villages The Butterfly Tree has uncovered the real needs of these vulnerable people and believes that these people are ready to move forward.
Chief Mukuni states that education is the key. We aim to support more rural schools and to ensure that all the orphans receive an education. The Butterfly Tree intends to improve other health clinics, to provide further bore holes for remote villages and continue the HIV/AIDS program.
Jane dedicates all her free time to helping these humble people. She is also a speaker on Philanthropic Travel and Responsible Tourism. In 2007 she was invited to speak at both the Global Luxury Forum and the World Travel Market and in 2008 held a seminar at the European Travel Distibution Summit. The charity is the Summit’s official charity for 2008 and 2009. Jane also talks to local schools and organisations spreading awareness of the plight of these vulnerable people. She regularly visit the projects, has a wonderful team of volunteers on the NGO committee in Zambia and ten female representatives to oversee the welfare of the orphans. The Butterfly Tree has a global following of donors, fundraisers and volunteers, particularly in the UK and the USA and as far a field as Australia and Hawaii.
Some of The Butterfly Tree’s Achievements
- 2007 featured at the Global Luxury Forum and the World Travel Market
- 2008 The Butterfly Tree was shortlisted to the final five of the Charity Times ‘best new charity of the year’ and given a Google ADSWord award
- 2009-10 the charity raised almost quarter of a million pounds, over 95% was used for grass root projects
- 2010 our story was selected to be featured on Facebook. Our most successful year to date - supporting 10 schools and 3 clinics. Launched a charity single ‘Change for the Better’
- 2010-2011 the charity raised in excess of quarter of a million pounds
- 2011 awarded substantial grant aid to built three new school – one in Mukuni and two in the Musokotwane Chiefdom
- 2011 selected by the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts’ Club to be featured in their 2012 Yearbook and won a free team place to participate in Cyclothon UK at Brands Hatch
- 2011 development of Mukuni Special Education with teacher exchange program in place with Fountaindale School
- 2011 selected by ENRC Marketing Ag as the charity working in Africa as having the best proven record of transparency
- 2011 initiation of a peer-education program for HIV and AIDS prevention at Mukuni Schools
- 2011-12 built three new schools, 7 teachers’ houses, women’s and boarders’ shelters, two bore holes and sponsored many more orphans
- 2012 opening of Mandandi, Silelo, Matengu and Malima Basic Schools, new bore hole for Mukuni Village, 30 more orphans being sponsored
- 2012 addition of a borehole at Chuunga Community School
- 2012 completion of a school at Sibbulo and Music Centre at Mukuni
- 2012 currently under construction are a new clinic at Mahalululu
- 2012 short listed for the UK Travel Mole Web Awards
- 2012 chosen to received a visit from HRH Princess Royal
- 2012 – distribution of hundreds of mosquito nets in Mukuni and Sikute Chiefdoms
- 2012-13 the charity has now raised in excess of one million pounds
- 2013 completion of a 1×2 classroom block at Mukuni Basic School
- 2013 installation of bore holes at Kauwe and Muchambila Basic Schools
- 2013 completion of a Special Education Unit at River View School
- 2013 hundreds more mosquito nets distributed in Sikute Chiefdom
- 2013 completion of an entire health centre at Mahalulu
- 2013 completion of a women’s shelter at Mambova
- 2014 completion of a special education unit for Simango
- 2014 advancement of Muchambile Community School
- 2014 new malaria prevention project
- 2014 advancement and bore hole for Nampuyani School
- 2014 seven community houses constructed for widows and orphans
- 2015 a further number of orphans being sponsored
- 2015 health post for Muchambile Community
- 2015 classroom under construction at Ndele School
- 2015 further funding for malaria and HIV prevention workshops