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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next month three volunteers from Enactus, a student-
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.
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/
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:
+44 (0) 1926 843699
The Butterfly Tree: www.thebutterflytree.org.uk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Donate to any of the following projects:
WATER – FOOD – HEALTH – EDUCATION
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
- Click on a bauble on the homepage or search by keyword.
- 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.
- On your chosen project’s profile, click on the “Donate Online Now” button.
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once you have completed all of the necessary boxes, click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page to process your donation.
- You may now be taken to a 3D Secure site to complete your donation. Please see below for more information on 3D Secure.
- 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 email@example.com or telephone: + 44 (0) 1926 843699
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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
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Raising funds for orphans in Zambia
All the work of The Butterfly Tree is aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable and orphaned children. Since the charity started we have helped thousands of children in remote villages but many more are suffering as a result of the HIV and AIDS pandemic, poverty and malaria.
During the build up to Christmas we are increasing our efforts to raise further funds and there are two ways you can help:
- Double your donation – Through the Big Give Challenge (5-7th Dec)
- Buy a charity calendar – All funds go directly to the cause.
Double Your Donation
December is the time to donate to The Butterfly Tree as if you donate via The Big Give Challenge we can double your donation.
How does it work?
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 would like us to keep you posted re The Big Give Challenge and when to donate drop us an email: email@example.com
To highlight our work during the year and raise funds once again we have produced our lovely desk top calendar – on sale at just £4 plus postage.
The calendar is designed by Morphity Ltd and each page is sponsored, enabling all printing costs to be covered and all proceeds raised from buying a calendar go directly to the cause.
Big thank you to the following companies for their generous sponsorship:
- Cunninghams - Epos Cash Registers
- Morphity - Website and Systems Development
- LCR Systems - Epos and Pos Systems
- Casio UK
- Executive Futures - Recruitment Consultants
- The Fell Group
- INTL Global Currencies
- Debt Clear Assoc - Debt Recovery Specialist and Insolvency Consultant
- Black and White Accounting
- Traditional Conservatories - Conservatories, Orangeries and Bespoke Joinery
To purchase the calendar follow this link to buy online or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joshua Muumba was so young when he lost his parents that he cannot remember them. Sent to Mukuni from the Western Province Joshua lives with his grandmother who struggled to pay his schools fees. For the past few years Joshua has been on the orphan sponsorship programme and is presently sitting grade nine exams for entry to Mukuni High School. Though Joshua is not highly academic he has excelled in music and leads the Mukuni Basic Choir as a skilled singer, songwriter and conductor. Providing these orphans with an education gives them hope for a better future.
Currently volunteering in Zambia to help with the orphans are Emma Kennedy and Jess Varley, who recently completed a 50 kilometres sponsored walk from Mukuni to Zwanga Village and back. This is a route that children walk daily to receive an education. Doing this challenging walk in the Zambian heat Emma and Jess have raised substantial funds for our projects.
Last week one of our main volunteers, Mutsa Marau, arrived in Zambia to continue her ‘Catch me I’m a Butterfly Tree” project which provides peer education for HIV prevention - an invaluable part of our work with orphans. In addition Mutsa will be holding sex education workshops in an attempt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.
There are lots of ways to help The ButterflyTree and every pound donated makes a difference to the lives of those in need in Zambia.
The BigGive matched funding
Once again it’s that time of year where we are approaching Christmas and all the pressures that come with it. What should be a joyous occasion, for many it becomes a nightmare. The expense of buying gifts, the ordering of food and the increased expectations of families getting together can cause a great deal of stress. For most families in Zambia life is much different to ours, and Christmas is no different from any other time of the year – food is in short supply, gifts are unheard of and an orphan has no family to visit.
As always we hope to increase our funding during this period with a number of planned initiatives to gain further donations. Our popular desk top calendar will shortly on sale at a cost of £4, orders are now being taken. Each page is sponsored, which covers the printing costs. 100% of all copies sold will go into our grass root projects.
In December we have the opportunity to get donations matched thanks to our partner the Big Give, through their Christmas Challenge initiative. Already we have £5000 in pledges, now we need to raise a further £10,000 in donations from 5th December for a chance to get it doubled!
The Big Give Christmas Challenge details:
Where to donate – to The Butterfly Tree’s ‘Orphan Support’ project on the Big Give website
When to donate – at 10am or as close to 10am as possible on the 5th, 6th, 7th December
How to donate – on line using a credit or debit card on the Big Give website
For further details please contact: email@example.com
Currently we have two fundraising events taking place. Emma Kennedy and Jess Varley are two volunteers working with The Butterfly Tree in Zambia for three months. Emma is engaged in helping with the orphan sponsorship programme and Jess’s work as a nurse at Mukuni Health Centre is invaluable. I am so impressed with their hard work and commitment and between then they have achieved a great deal. They have now set themselves a challenge – to walk on the 11th November from Mukuni to Zwanga Village and back, to create awareness of just how far pupils walk each way on a daily basis, with no food and temperatures soaring to 40 degrees! The walk is sponsored, more details can be found using this link. On the 9th November A Dance Workshop, organised by Sheila Attah, is taking place in London.
If you are struggling to find that special Christmas present you may like to consider one of the following:
- Sponsor an orphan – £110 ($180) per year or £10.00 ($16) per month
- Donate five malaria testing kits £5 - $8
- Donate four mosquito nets £20 - $32
- Donate a blanket £15 - $25
- Donate a bag a maize £10 – $16
- Donate a wheelchair to transport a disabled child to school for £200 – $325
- Donate a bicycle for a child living a long distance from school £75 – $120
- Donate a football, netball, volleyball with HIV/AIDS awareness logo £10 - $16
Sky News Interview
I recently returned home after another rewarding visit to Zambia. It is hard to believe the progress we have made. What started off as helping a handful of orphans has now expanded to over twenty schools, seven clinics and more than 100 villages in four Chiefdoms, throughout the Southern Province of Zambia. The distance we are covering is a radius of 200 kilometres from base and thousands more orphaned and vulnerable children are receiving a sound education, improved healthcare and drinking safe, clean water.
Bore holes have been installed at Kauwe and Muchimbala schools with a third one about to be completed at Kanimbwa. Not only do the pupils have access to safe drinking water, but the bore holes will be used to irrigate crops for much needed feeding programmes. I was horrified to learn that some of the food, provided by the World Food Programme, is rotten by the time it reaches the schools.
One Head teacher reported that this year the food provision had been delivered for term one, the second term the maize was stale and the beans were mouldy. When the Head complained he was told by the distributors ‘beggars cannot be choosers – they can eat it!’ Nothing was received for term three. It is heartbreaking, knowing that young school children have no food during the day. Many of them leaving home as early as 4am to return twelve hours later, on any empty stomach. Next month we will increase the number of donated seeds to support this project.
As the rainy season approaches so does the increased risk of contracting malaria. Though prevalent all year, malaria cases increase between November and March. I spent two days distributing mosquito nets to outreach communities. Due to the remoteness of these villages the government do not spray the mud huts putting the people at great risk. Our malaria prevention programmed is vital. Thanks to Saga’s generous funding and most recently Health Express we have been able to cover much of the Mukuni Chiefdom and beyond. Since January no new cases of malaria have been reported in under fives and zero deaths caused by malaria.
While I was in Zambia I was invited by Sky News to give a ‘live’ interview on the much anticipated malaria vaccination, which could be available as soon as 2015. Glaxo,SmithKline has developed the first ever vaccine and I was asked to comment on how effective this could be for our malaria prevention programme.
Malaria remains the biggest killer of man. Every year around 660,000 people, mostly children under the age of five in sub-Sahara Africa, die from this mosquito-borne parasitic disease.
On another serious matter sadly the HIV and AIDS statistics remain far too high, at 27%, in the Mukuni and Livingstone areas. We are continuing our support for children with HIV, increasing our funding for workshops, specifically targeting school children. Mutsa Marau, our HIV prevention coordinator, will return to Zambia next month to offer peer education for HIV prevention. As always I was presented with a long list of orphans who need help. Our sponsor an orphan programme has supported hundreds of individual children in education.
Now it is back to raising funds for mosquito nets, classrooms, bore holes and orphan sponsorship through a number of planned initiatives. Our popular desk top calendar will shortly be available to order. In December we have the opportunity to get donations matched thanks through our partner the Big Give, through their Christmas Challenge initiative. Already we have £5000 in pledges, now we need to raise a further £10,000 in donations from 5th December. If we are successful, the £15,000 will be turned into a massive £30,000. Anyone who would like to help us reach our goal please contact firstname.lastname@example.org