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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