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In Zambia there are 710,000 orphans. 33,000 children are infected with the HIV virus. Orphan sponsorship provides an education for these vulnerable children.

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Sep 29

September Newsletter

Water, Health and Education Developments

The Butterfly Tree has come a long way since 2006, gaining a sound reputation for transparency, attracting a global following, as well as continuing to be run by a team of dedicated and hard-working volunteers. After recently spending three weeks in Zambia there is so much to report, so many stories to tell and many people to thank.

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Visit to Nampuyani School

The start of the trip was spent hosting Geoff Crill, a Commissioner from our major donor organisation, the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission. After three days visiting rural schools at Kamwi, Ndele, Mukuni, Machenje, Matengu and Silelo, we ended with a visit to the newly opened clinic at Mahalulu, the Commissioner was impressed! He saw first-hand how far we have reached, the challenges we face, met our wonderful team of volunteers and personally funded the repair of the Silelo borehole. A new Community Work Project is to be funded by JOAC for the expansion of N’gandu School for 2015, when volunteers from Jersey will travel to Zambia to help with the construction of the project.

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JOAC Commissioner. Geoff Crill, addresses the community – Mahalulu Health Centre

Further development is taking place at Nampuyani, where a new borehole has been added, thanks to Just a Drop and funded by Attraction Tickets Direct who also paid for the addition of latrines and restoration of the school. Previously the only source of water was collected from bacteria infected shallow wells. The three hour drive to Nampuyani was tough, driving across river beds and a little too close for comfort to bush fires! However the joy of seeing children pumping safe clean water, was both humbling and overwhelming, and well worth the effort.

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New borehole for Nampuyani School

Muchimbale School, also in the Nyawa Chiefdom, underwent extensive development in 2013. Now thanks to further funding from a private donor a health post is to be added to reduce the distance that this community has to walk to seek medical attention. Moving on the Musokotwane Chiefdom Simango School, with some 750 pupils, has the addition of a Special Education unit, jointly funded by St. James Place Foundation and The Besom.

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Special Education class for Simango pupils

Three Enactus students from Sheffield University successfully initiated two projects for school leavers in the Mukuni Chiefdom. After funding repairs to four boreholes, a sustainable WASHcom. was set up in remote villages. Six school leavers are now operating a soap-making project and supplying their products to local hotels and lodges. Among the local supporters are Safpar and Stanley Safari Lodge. Emma Kennedy, our UK volunteer, returned to Zambia for three months to assist with our grass root projects.

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Enactus students Rosa, Pete and Sarah,with Gift Kamanisha, project manager

As always I was given a substantial amount of items to distribute, which included medical supplies, knitted items from District 6 Inner Wheel Clubs and football jerseys from York City Football Club, complete with 15 footballs donated by their CEO John McGhee. In addition we received 130 t-shirts impregnated with mosquito nets from New Textiles, Portugal. These are to be given to a remote community where there is a high prevalence of malaria and also to our Zambia volunteers. We are continuing our campaign to help the fight against malaria and to prevent further new cases in these rural villages.

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New strips for ‘top of the league’ Mukuni United Football Club

Thank you to everyone for all your support – without you, none of this could have happened!

Jane Kaye-Bailey

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Aug 14

Donors and Volunteers

Fundraising for Zambia

With the holiday season in full swing August in generally a quiet month for charities. However I am pleased to report that The Butterfly Tree is having a great month, funds are being boosted thanks to new and existing donors, fundraisers from church members to students raising money for the charity and volunteers are heading out to Zambia. Once again the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission has offered substantial support in the form of a Community Work Project to develop Ng’andu Basic School. This school was built in the early 1940′s and apart from the charity restoring classrooms and adding a bore hole and teacher’s houses very little else has been done. JOAC volunteers will assist in the construction of a new 1×3 classroom block, two teachers’ houses and latrines in May 2015.

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Ng’andu Basic School to be upgraded

Cunninghams, another of our long term donors,continues to support a feeding programme at Mukuni Comprehensive school for 400 pupils and 50 boarders. As part of our malaria prevention campaign to help the fight against malaria, New Textiles Portugal has donated over 100 insect repellent t-shirts to distribute amongst children in areas where we have seen an increase in new cases of malaria.

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Malaria Prevention and Early Testing are Vital in the Fight Against Malara

This year we have seen an increase in volunteering in Zambia. Most recently from the US Hanna Cohen and her two daughters helped at the Mukuni schools and raised funds towards a borehole. Neysa Murphy and Wiremu Sutherland from New Zealand assisted the NASAAZ interschools’ Drama, Poetry and Choirs competitions and have since offered financial support for the Festival and will set up a scholarship for talented performers. Currently three Enactus students from Sheffield University are initiating WASHcoms and soap-making projects at Ng’andu, Kamwi and Kasiya Schools to improve the water supply and hygiene standards.

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Traditional Dancers compete at the NAASAZ Festival

Other donations have included invaluable blood pressure monitors from Medisave for Mukuni Health Centre and three large boxes of football strips from York City Football Club. These will be shared amongst the Mukuni United Football Club, who are presently top of their league and a number of rural schools. We are very grateful to all our supporters who provide vital funds and supplies to help with our projects in remote areas of Zambia.

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A home made football – Chise Village

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Jul 23

From the Chair…

Once again I am delighted to say that The Butterfly Tree has had a very successful year. I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support we have received from all over the world and amazed that people from as far away as New Zealand chose to volunteer for our charity. We have advanced several more rural schools and initiated feeding programs as well as providing vital funds for malaria and HIV prevention. We are now reaching out to remote communities some 200 kilometers from our base at Mukuni Village, many of which receive virtually no other international aid.

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Feeding Programme at Ng’andu School

Please follow the link to view the full Annual Report, Photos and Accounts: Annual Report & Accounts 2013-2014

Helping to improve the facilities in these remote schools has given the children hope of a better future. At the villages of Chuunga, Manyemumyemu and Muchimbale additional classrooms and teachers’ houses have been added to their schools. River View and Katapazi saw the completion of two special education units, adding to the two at Mukuni and Simango, the first of their kind in Zambian villages. Most rural children with special needs have no access to education.

Our largest school at Mukuni Village, with over one thousand pupils, has had an excellent year. The addition of two extra classrooms reduced the number of pupils per class and added extra teaching hours. A sustainable school shop providing uniforms, stationery and tuck, started making profits after just four months. A further school shop has been opened at Muchimbale. Lack of text books has always been a huge issue; ten schools received a substantial amount of books, this contributed to the fact that Mukuni Basic School got the best grade seven and nine examination results in the Kazungula District.

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River View Basic School, Sikute Chiefdom

The boarding shelters at Mukuni were extended and bunk beds and mattresses donated. This has enabled pupils from outreach villages to forego the long daily walks to school and has also allowed those who live in extremely remote areas to attend a high school.

As always our orphan sponsorship is at the forefront. Children who have lost one or both parents are being helped with their education. With over 710,000 orphans nationwide it is imperative for them to not only receive basic education but also to learn about the dangers of HIV and AIDS. Mutsa Marau returned to Zambia to train more peer educators on HIV prevention and sexual health. A number of orphans have now completed school, five of them are being sponsored at teachers’ training college and one at an agricultural college.  Some of our orphans are now employed in security, customs and teaching.

The Butterfly Tree continues to provide funds for malaria prevention with the distribution of mosquito nets and educational workshops. This year Nyawe Chiefdom was the beneficiary. Sadly there has been a substantial increase in new cases of malaria throughout the Kazungula district due to lack of spraying and insufficient provision of nets. We are working with a UK corporate to bring two safe new products into Zambia for malaria prevention in the forthcoming months.

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Mosquito Net Distribution for Malaria Prevention

Whenever possible we provide funds for sick children to be treated in hospital. We have built a women’s shelter at Mambova Health Centre and continue to support both maternity care and under-fives clinics. The CEF goat project funded by two of our US volunteers continues to provide goat’s milk for vulnerable infants and children.

Six community houses have been built for widows and the elderly looking after orphans with funding in place for four more. Initiating community projects is an essential part of development. Our aim is to create these for school leavers who cannot afford to go to college. In July I was accompanied by an Ecotourism consultant from Costa Rica, in view of setting up a sustainable project in Mukuni Village. This is a prime area, just seven kilometers from the renowned Victoria Falls and the perfect location to create an income-generating an enterprise for the educated school leavers.

Volunteers have come from all over the world to help us! Some taught at the Mukuni schools and worked at the clinic, while others, including two school groups, helped to paint classrooms and build community houses and a school shop. I am delighted to say that five of these volunteers have joined The Butterfly Tree team: Carolyn Howe, who now managers the volunteer programme, Emma Kennedy is to run the orphan sponsorship program and Jonathan Sedo, from Costa Rica, will develop the Ecotourism project. In addition Bob and Cindy Orr from New Jersey are to fundraise in the US. We are very grateful to all of them for offering their free time to support The Butterfly Tree.

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Mukuni Sustainable School Shop Funded and Bluilt by Volunteers

It is mainly because of our wonderful volunteers that the charity has been able to achieve so much. It is an inspiration to me to have so much help from so many selfless people. I would like to thank David and Miranda, my fellow trustees, for serving on the board with me. I have to thank Ann, who does a remarkable job with the accounts. I am also grateful to Mutsa and Oscar for their support in HIV and malaria prevention respectively, and Frank, Margaret and Casey, our US volunteers have been a great support.

As always I am totally in awe of my amazing team in Zambia, most especially Mupotola, Martin and Presley and thank them for all that they have done for The Butterfly Tree and their community. The tireless commitment has enabled us to initiate water, food, health and education projects in remote areas in four Chiefdoms, spanning a radius of two hundred kilometers. Rosemary, Sibeso, Stain, Jacob and the ten women orphan representatives and the volunteer cooks have all contributed to our success. I would also like to thank Chief Mukuni for his counsel and the local tour operators, hotels and lodges, namely Sun International, who supports our work in Zambia.

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Water Project – Muchambile Community School

We now have so many donors around the world that it is impossible to list them all. However I wish to express my gratitude to our major sponsor, the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, have given us the opportunity to build entire new schools and clinics in these outreach areas. Our other major donors Saga Charitable Trust, Just a Drop, the British and Foreign School Society, and The Besom have also given us substantial funds over several years. Through grant aid their support has funded bore holes, malaria prevention, classrooms, vocational courses and health facilities. Corporate sponsors Cunninghams, Brady Italia, ENRC Marketing AG, Dative Studios and Black and White Accounting continue to generously support our cause. A special thanks to the BigGive, who doubled our donations through their Christmas Challenge and the Mukuni Village Fund, Australia, who sponsor fifty orphans.

In October a great opportunity arose when we were invited by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to be listed as one of their charities. The forthcoming year has some exciting prospects in the making, most importantly the new malaria prevention projects and further development in rural schools.

Jane Kaye-Bailey

Chairman

Jul 2

Educating Orphans

Key to Overcoming Poverty

In Zambia a high percentage of children are orphans as a result of the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Since 2006 The Butterfly Tree has offered support to orphans and vulnerable children in twenty five schools in the Southern Province. Five of these schools were built from scratch, thanks to generous funding from the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, others have been expanded, some now have pre-schools and four schools have new special education units.

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NEW SCHOOL AT MATENGU

The hardships these rural children have to endure on a daily basis are numerous – lack of safe drinking water and shortage of food, hours of walking to school in the baking sun, the risk of contracting malaria and HIV, and no clinic within a thirty mile radius. How do they cope? They live for each day and hope for a better future. Education is the key to overcoming poverty and its related issues. By advancing these rural schools The Butterfly Tree has given hope to thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children.

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OLD SCHOOL AT MATENGU

In the past twelve months we have completed education projects in Mukuni, Musokotwane and Nyawe Chiefdoms. Simango, River View and Katapazi schools have each gained a special education unit. Muchimbale, Chuunga and soon to be completed Nampuyani, have all had extra classrooms, teacher’s house and latrines, and three more schools have boreholes.

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SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR OVER 700 PUPILS AT KAUWE BASIC SCHOOL

Many parents of these rural children are illiterate. Education not only provides an opportunity to seek employment, it teaches children about the dangers of HIV and malaria prevention. A substantial number of orphans, who we started sponsoring back in 2006, are currently receiving further education or engaged in work. They now have a purpose in life and a chance to help their families and communities. The Butterfly Tree is committed to continuing this vital support, most especially for orphans. If you would like to offer support for any of our education projects please contact us.

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Jun 15

Water in Zambia

Need For Safe Water and Sanitation

No project is more essential than that to improve access to safe water in remote schools and communities. It is heart-breaking to see children drinking from bacteria-infested streams and rivers, especially when the rivers are teaming with crocodiles.

A third of Zambians do not have access to safe water, thousands of people walk several miles daily to fetch water, much of it unclean. Contaminated water is a leading cause of diarrhoeal disease in Zambia, Schistosomiasis, (also known as Balharzia) and Rotavirus are common and can be fatal in infants.

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Water in Zambia – pupil from Kamwi Basic School

Annually, there are an estimated 10.5 million cases of diarrhoea, 63,000 hospitalisations and 15,000 deaths attributed to the disease in children under-five in Zambia. The Butterfly Tree’s aim is to source communities in Zambia desperately in need of bore holes and find schools with insufficient sanitation.

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Bore hole and Indian Hand Pump – Muchambile Community School

Recently I visited Nampuyani School, in the Nyawe Chiefdom, where children were drinking unsafe water from shallow wells. During the rainy season, November to April, the pupils dug these wells to collect water for storage during the dry season. By May one of the two wells was already dry. These wells are being used by animals at night, further polluting the water. Thanks to a generous donation from Attraction Tickets Direct, through our partner Just a Drop, a bore hole and Indian hand pump will be installed this month.

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Shallow well – Nampuyani School

Lack of sanitation is another huge issue, more than fifty per cent of Zambians do not have sanitation facilities. Schools can be closed down by the government if there are insufficient latrines, diarrhoeal diseases are common amongst pupils.

The Butterfly Tree has added eleven bore holes to schools throughout the Chiefdoms of Mukuni, Sikute, Musokotwane and Nyawe in the Southern Province of Zambia. Adding a bore hole not only gives the pupils access to safe drinking water, but also helps them to have sustainable feeding programmes. In addition we have constructed over forty latrines in schools, which has helped to reduce diarrhoeal diseases and absenteeism.

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VIP Latrine – Kamwi School

Next month three volunteers from Enactus, a student-run company based at the University of Sheffield will volunteer for The Butterfly Tee. Their intention is to improve the water facility at Ng’andu Basic School and help to initiate a soap-making project as part of our Ecotourism plan, to create a sustainable enterprise for school leavers. Hanna Cohen and her two daughters from the US will also volunteer in July and have kindly raised funds for a bore hole.

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Jun 4

Malaria Prevention

Global Press Release

[PRESSWIRE] London, UK – 03.06.14 — The Butterfly Tree has been given a licence to import two safe new products to use in the prevention of malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

Globally malaria is the biggest killer of man. 75% of people who die from malaria are children under 5, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The products could potentially save the lives of thousands of children and also help to prevent Onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness, caused by the black fly. In areas of the Northern and Western Provinces one in ten people suffer from this condition and currently there are no preventative methods available in Zambia.

The Ministry of Health and the Malaria Control Centre in Zambia have welcomed the products. They have been tested by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK and the active ingredients used have been approved by the World Health Organisation.

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Young boy with malaria – Simango Rural Health Centre

The Butterfly Tree is to be given licenses to import and distribute throughout Zambia. Besides using it for our humanitarian projects we are contacting all corporates operating in the nation as this could be hugely beneficial to the mining, agriculture and tourist industries.

Many productive hours are lost as a result of malaria. By selling it to corporates we will be able to create sustainability for our water, health, education and community projects in addition to extensively distributing the products to vulnerable communities.

The first product, MozziMort, is an insecticidal coating used on any hard surface that lasts for two years and could replace the normal method of insecticide spraying, which only lasts for six months.

The second product, MozziMort Larvicide granules, prevents mosquito larvae reaching adult stage: http://biotechinternational.co.uk/

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Mosquitos breed in stagnant water – Siamasimbi Village

Notes to Editors

The Butterfly tree is a UK charity and NGO in Zambia, founded in 2006 by Jane Kaye-Bailey, to support rural communities decimated by the HIV pandemic in Zambia. The charity funds bore holes, health and education facilities, sustainable community projects and an orphan sponsorship programme. From its concept the charity’s philosophy is to ensure that all donor funds go directly into the grass roots projects – no personal fees or administration costs are deducted. All members both in the UK and Zambia are volunteers.

For more information contact:
jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk
+44 (0) 1926 843699

The Butterfly Tree: www.thebutterflytree.org.uk

May 22

May 2014 Newsletter

Breakthrough in Malaria Prevention

The Butterfly Tree has been given a licence to import two safe new malaria prevention products which could potentially save the lives of thousands of children in Zambia. The products Mozzimort and Larvamort, produced by Biotech International can not only help to prevent malaria but also river blindness (Onchocerciasis), also known as Robles disease, which is caused by a black fly. One in ten people suffer from this condition in the Northern and Western Provinces of Zambia and up until now there have been no preventative methods available.

This project dominated my three weeks in Zambia. With the assistance of Stain Musungaila, a local volunteer for The Butterfly Tree and his invaluable contacts, we presented the data to the Ministry of Health’s Enviormental Agency, the Food and Drugs Department and the Malaria Control Board. The products have been approved and we are being granted licencing for the importation, storage, transport and distribution, which will last for three years.

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River blindness is prevelant where in areas of fast-flowing rivers

Sadly there has been a huge increase in the number of new cases of malaria in the region. Mukuni Chiefdom alone has reported over 200 new cases, in the past three years the number has been less than five. This has been caused by a number of factors – lack of insecticidal spraying, insufficient mosquito nets and prolonged heavy rains. Other clincis in the Kazungula District have reported a simular picture, which has created a great deal of concern. Our aim is to get these new products rolling before the onset of rains in November.

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New case of malaria – young boy at Simango Rural Health Centre

With all the excitement created with the malaria prevention project I still had time to visit many other of our projects, most importantly that of water and sanitiation. Accompnied by James Baldwin and Peter Marsh, two civil engineers from our partners Just a Drop, we addressed the situation. To date we have installed some fifteen bore holes in rural schools and villages, but there are many more areas of need, one of those being Nampuyani where school children are drinking our of shallow wells shared by domestic animals. This causes diarrhoal disease, therefore we intend to add a bore hole and VIP latrines for the school.

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Drinking water – pupils at Nampuyani Community School

During my stay I had the pleasure of meeting the Larsgard family from Norway, who have been supporting our orphan sponsorship program for the past five years. They came to Mukuni Village and were introduced to seven of the ten orphans they are sponsoring. As always the sponsor an orphan program plays a vital roll in our work to create sustainable futures for the communities. Some three hundred individual children are currently being sponsored and five students are partaking in further education. We are introducing a workshop to teach skills for those for are unable to seek employment.

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Thore, Marie, Peter and Gro Larsgard – generous donors from Norway

On the 7th and 8th May William Anderson and twelve of his former school friends, celebrating their 50th birthday year, spent two days volunteering for The Butterfly Tree. They had raised funds to built four community houses for widows looking after orphans. In addition they played sport with the children and donated educational supplies and clothing. William, the creative Director of The Team Works mentored grade 12 pupils and schools leavers.

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William Anderson and his volunteers from the UK, Zambia and Australia

As always it was both a rewarding and humbling experience visiting the many schools and villages we support. Once the new malaria prevention project takes off we aim to reach out to thousands more communites to prevent the dehabilitating malaria and Roble diseases.

Jane Kaye-Bailey

Founder

Apr 25

World Malaria Day 2014

Malaria Prevention Saves Lives

According to the WHO global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally and 49% in Africa. Malaria remains the biggest killer of man with 75% of deaths occuring in children under the age of five in Africa.

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Mosquito net distribution to rural clinics

This past rainy season has been relentless, which has caused a substantial increase in new cases of malaria, especially in the Mukuni Chiefdom. We are currently working with Biotech International who have created products including Mozzimort for malaria prevention. Our aim is to present these products to the Zambian Ministry of Health and the Malaria Control Centre to gain approval. In the meantime more mosquito nets are needed for children in remote villages. We are currently funding malaria prevention workshops within the communities.

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Mosquito Distribution to Rural Clinics

I am about to leave for Zambia where we have some exciting projects underway. A new Special Education unit for Simango Primary School, expansions to Muchimbale and Chuunga Community Schools and a bore hole for Nampuyani Community School, funded by Attraction Tickets Direct through Just a Drop, who are sending two engineers to give advice on our water projects. I will also be welcoming William Anderson of Teamworks and ten colleagues who are funding and constructing four community houses. Cansaf, South Africa are shortly taking forty delegates to visit our pojects at Mukuni Village.

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Mosquito Nets are vital for Malaria Prevention

All our projects are vitally important, none more so than malaria prevention. A mosquito net costs just £5 ($8) and could save a child’s life, you can make a donation on our website – no adminstration costs will be deducted.

 

Mar 27

Mothers in Zambia

Fundraising for Mother's Day

In developing countries such as Zambia much of the responsibility of bringing up children is left to the mother. Sadly, as a result of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, there are far too many young widows left with no income. The Butterfly Tree provides housing and sustainable income-generating enterprises for such women.

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Young Zambian mother and child

It is believed that if you educate a women she will educate the entire family. Certainly from my eight year experience of working with women in Zambia, they are ready to make the change. Traditionally, in villages like Mukuni, boys dropped out of school to become wood carvers and girls fell pregnant or were forced into early marriages. Times are changing and now both boys and girls are completing high school. Education is the key to overcoming poverty and disease.

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The Butterfly Tree house for young widow and children

At the beginning of May further houses will be built for these young widows, thanks to fundraising efforts by William Anderson of Teamworks, who will be going out to Zambia with his colleagues to help with the construction of four new homes. To date we have donated over sixty houses to widows and orphans.

Help us to reach out to vulnerable women on Mother’s Day:

  • Order flowers through our partner Charity Flowers - 15% will be donated to the charity
  • Buy a CD and listen to the powerful voices of the Mukuni School Choir
  • Place a bid on Ebay for our ‘teddy bear’ auction
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‘Teddy Bear’ Auction – knitted by an Inner Wheel Club member

Donate to any of the following projects:

WATER – FOOD – HEALTH – EDUCATION

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Mar 19

Education in Rural Schools

Mukuni Choir raise funds for Orphans Education

2014 has brought hope for thousands of orphaned and vulnerable rural children in the Southern Province of Zambia. We are now reaching out to twenty six schools in four Chiefdoms, spanning a radius of 200 kilometres from our base at Mukuni Village. Over ten thousand children have access to advanced education and many more have access to improved water and health facilities.

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River View Basic School – Sikute Chiefdom

The latest development is taking place at Muchimbale Community School, in the Nyawa Chiefdom, thanks to a generous donor. The school is very remote and has little support from the outside world. Last year The Butterfly Tree installed a bore hole and latrines, completed a teacher’s house and initiated a feeding programme. This year a further donation will enable us to restore an old classroom, purchase books and equipment and introduce a sustainable income-generating activity at the school.

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Muchimbale Community School – Nyawe Chiefdom

Further progress can be seen at Katapazi Basic School with the opening of a special education unit, another one is currently being constructed at Simango Basic School in the Musokotwane Chiefdom, making four in total. Rural children in Zambia, with special needs, have no access to education. Chunga Community School classroom will shortly be completed and our aim is to also build a second classroom at Ndele Community School.

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Mukuni Special Education Unit – funded by The Besom

We have forthcoming visits from a number of volunteers and philanthropists, who have helped us to grow. These include a group from Attraction Tickets Direct, a donor of our partner Just a Drop, who last year funded a bore hole and latrines. Besides international supporters we have engaged a number of local donors and fundraisers.

The ‘Mukuni Shining Stars’ choir, with the help of  Emma Kennedy, one of our UK volunteers, has produced a CD to raise funds to educate orphans. The music is performed A Cappella, which showcases the tremendous talent of these young performers. Several of them are on our orphan sponsorship programme and the choir has performed at some of the renowned hotels around the Victoria Falls.

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The Mukuni Shining Stars

The album can be purchased for just £7 – all proceeds will go directly to the cause. Please use this link to place your order and help raise funds for orphans.

 

Feb 10

Charity Partners & Sponsors

Support a Project and Make A Difference

Over the years The Butterfly Tree has acquired a number of partners and sponsors, which has helped us to expand our work in Zambia. This has enabled us to install bore holes, build schools and clinics, initiate feeding programmes and sustainable community projects.  In addition our orphan sponsorship programme has paid for the education of hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children. We have built up a reputation for having a sound record of transparency, being an all-volunteer organisation and for giving regular feedback to our donors.

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Bore Hole and Hand Pump funded by Epsom College

With so much need around the world sadly the charity sector has become very competitive. When it comes to applying for grants, a small charity like ours has to compete against the likes of Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the Children. Therefore it is imperative that we engage both individuals and corporate partners to provide us with the vital funds needed for The Butterfly Tree’s projects. If you own a company, are involved with a school or club, or simply an individual, we can help you to find a project that you can become involved with. Corporate Social Responsibility cannot only be beneficial to a charity, it can also enhance your company by making it more appealing to potential new clients.

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Feeding Programme at Mukuni sponsored by Cunninghams

Our most recent partnership is with Charity Flowers, who give 15% to charity for every order placed with them. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, followed by Mother’s Day and Easter, when more flowers are sold than at any other time of the year. Follow this link and after choosing your flowers select The Butterfly Tree. Our Source Code is BT.

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Jan 28

Malaria Prevention

The Fight Against Malaria

Despite our efforts to support the universal fight against malaria more needs to be done to overcome this destructive disease. Malaria is the biggest killer of man. According to the World Health Organisation an estimated 3.4 billion people are at risk on malaria, of which 1.2 billion are at high risk. 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, which of course includes Zambia.

WHO estimates from 2012-13

  • 207 million cases of malaria
  • 627 000 deaths
  • 77% occur in children under five
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Malaria Prevention – early testing for malaria is vital

In recent years The Butterfly Tree’s malaria prevention programme has produced some great results. Now we need to increase the distribution of preventative methods to reach out to many more rural communities. Currently it is the rainy reason in Zambia and the rains are heavy and prolonged, which is great for the crops but not for malaria! To step up our work we have partnered with a SkintoSkin, the company has produced a t-shirt, impregnated with a WHO approved insect repellent. Through a crowd funding initiative a of target £50,000 has been set, which will provide us with invaluable t-shirts for our malaria prevention programme.

One t-shirt costs as little as £10 ($16) and and be bought using this link

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Unprecedented rain in Zambia has caused an increase in malaria cases

On a happier note we are having great success with our education projects at Mukuni. Latest reports show that virtually all grade seven and nine pupils, many of which are on our orphan sponsorship programme, have passed their exams. Mukuni Basic School received the best result for the Kazungula District. Our supporters must take some of the credit for this due to the increase in text books donated to classes where previously one text book had to be shared between forty pupils. In addition a number of volunteers, two of which came through Saga Volunteer Travel, gave extra tuition to grade seven and nine pupils prior to their exams. A generous offer from Video4Books will provide the schools with further reading material.

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Mukuni Basic School gets best exam results in the Kazungula District

This year we aim to increase our malaria prevention support, further expand Meet Mutsa’s peer education project for HIV prevention and open more special education units for children who are unable to attend school. As always we are very grateful for your support and hope that we can encourage more donors and volunteers to join The Butterfly Tree. Our entire team in both the UK and Zambia still consists of volunteers, most of them have been with us since 2006!

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Dec 24

Christmas is almost upon us and thanks to the tremendous support from our donors, fundraisers and volunteers around the globe many rural children in Zambia have a better future ahead of them.

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Malaria Prevention – distribution of mosquito nets

December has been an incredibly good month for fundraising, most especially thanks to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, when we raised £15,000 in pledges and donations, which will be be doubled through their Charity Champion Fund and The Reed Foundation. In addition we received donations from the US, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Germany, France, Ireland and Switzerland and of course the UK, showing how The Butterfly Tree has attracted donors from all over the world.

We now have funds in place for hundreds more mosquito nets for our malaria prevention program, a teacher’s house, classrooms, seeds for school gardens. stationery for schools and over twenty new orphans added to our orphan sponsorship programme. Providing the essentials in life is what these communities most need to enable them to have a healthier and happier life.

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New teacher’s house coming for Muchimbale Community School

The Butterfly Tree team would like to thank everyone who has helped us reach out to thousands and orphaned children in the Southern Province of Zambia. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dec 5

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Doubling Donations 5th, 6th & 7th December

December 7th: we have reached our target of £10.000 for The Big Give Challenge!  This means that no further matching will be made. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the challenge through both the pledge stage and the on line donations. Our sincere apologies to the people who did not get their funds matched. If you would still like to make the donation please use our secure on line donation page.

December 6th: received further donations for the Big Give Christmas Challenge, taking our total to £7,840

December 5th – today at 10.00 GMT we managed to raise £6,015 of the £10,000 needed to reach our target . On Thursday and Friday we have more opportunities to double donations through the Big Give Christmas Challenge for our orphan support programme. Thank you to everyone who has offered to participate and to the donors who have already pledged money.

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Pupils at Muchimbale Community School will receive support from the challange

Millions of pounds are on offer from the Big Give. This is an incredibly generous initiative and a huge opportunity for small charities like The Butterfly Tree to increase our funding.

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The Big Give Christmas Callenge – an opportunity to support more orphans

Here again are the guidelines:

Between the 5th to 7th December we need to raise £10,000 via The Big Give – if we reach this amount during that period our donations will be doubled to £20,000 – please can you help us?

  • When – 10am (GMT) prompt on the 5th, 6th and 7th December – as the donations close once an amount is reached
  • If it says ‘your donation has not been matched’ please refresh and keep trying as more money may become available
  • Where – to The Butterfly Tree’s ‘Orphan Support’ project by clicking on this link to the Big Give website
  • How – on line using a credit or debit card on the Big Give website

If you are making your first donation through the Big Give, our simple guide is here to help. Before you begin, make sure you have the following to hand:

  • Your credit/debit card
  • A valid email address
  • Your 3D Secure password (if your card requires 3D Secure
  • More details are vbelow

Making your donation

  1. Click on a bauble on the homepage or search by keyword.
  2. Choose a project that you would like to support and click on the name of the project. In this case The Butterfly Tree Orphan Support project.
  3. On your chosen project’s profile, click on the “Donate Online Now” button.
  4. On this page, you will see whether there are currently funds available to double your donation – remember that this may have changed by the time you click ‘submit’ so this will be confirmed on the next page. If you would like to make a donation, enter the amount you wish to donate in the box provided.Remember to tick the ‘Yes’ box to claim Gift Aid if you are an eligible taxpayer. Then click ‘Submit’.
  5. You will now either be shown a ‘reservation’ page which tells you that funds have been reserved to match your donation, or you will be shown a page which states that your donation will not be doubled and asks you to confirm that you understand this.
  6. You will then be taken to the card payment page to finalise your donation. You will need your credit or debit card and must complete all boxes with a ‘*’ next to them. Please note you will be required to enter an email address.
  7. Once you have completed all of the necessary boxes, click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page to process your donation.
  8. You may now be taken to a 3D Secure site to complete your donation. Please see below for more information on 3D Secure.
  9. You will then arrive at our ‘thank you’ page and will be emailed a receipt of your donation.

If you require any further details please send an email to jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk or telephone: + 44 (0) 1926 843699

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Dec 1

WORLD AIDS DAY

Stepping up HIV Prevention through Peer Education

Today marks World AIDS Day – the following statistics can be found on The World Health Organisation website:

  • 35.3 million people living with HIV in 2012

  • 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV in 2012

  • 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy

One thing I have learnt in the seven years I have been running The Butterfly Tree is that no lasting change can be made unless HIV Prevention is included in our work. Zambia alone has 710,000 orphans, with Mukuni Village along with Livingstone, having the fourth highest statistics in the nation. A staggering 27% of the population are infected with HIV. Although we have made a great deal of improvement in the provision of water, education, malaria prevention and maternity care much more needs to be done to reduce new infections of HIV.

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World AIDS Day – one of the hundreds of orphans in the Mukuni Chiefdom

Mutsa Marau, our own HIV Prevention Coordinator, is currently in Zambia working with groups of school children. Her invaluable work through her ‘Catch me I’m a Butterfly‘ project teaches HIV prevention through Peer Education and is proving to be a great success. Gaining the trust of the children Mutsa trained her first group in 2011 who are now assisting her to ‘spread the word’.

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HIV Prevention through Peer Education

In addition to Mukuni, Mutsa is targeting N’gandu Basic School and is delighted to have an increase in the uptake from the young people, who want to learn and know how to live healthy HIV free lives. To read more about Mutsa’s project click on this link.

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Natasha, sponsored orphan, assisting Mutsa at N’gandu Basic School

Other HIV projects supported by The Butterfly Tree include orphan sponsorship, funding HIV Education workshops to invite people for voluntary testing, to reduce the stigma and counselling. We also provide help to woman and infants, fund treatment for people suffering with HIV and AIDS and provide community housing for widows and the elderly supporting orphans.

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Widow in Kamwi Village receives community house

This week we have the opportunity to double donations through the Big Give Christmas Challenge for our orphan support programme. Thank you to everyone who has offered to participate- here again are the guidelines: Between the 5th to 7th December we need to raise £10,000 via The Big Give – if we reach this amount during that period our donations will be doubled to £20,000 – so we need your help.

  • When – 10am or as close to 10am as possible on the 5th, 6th, 7th December – as the donations close once an amount is reached.
  • Where – to The Butterfly Tree’s ‘Orphan Support’ project on the Big Give website
  • How –  on line using a credit or debit card on the Big Give website

If you require any further details please send an email to jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk or telephone: + 44 (0) 1926 843699 ‘Like’ us on Facebook and receive brief news updates!