Orphan Sponsorship

In Zambia there are 1.2 million orphans and an estimated 170,000 are infected with the HIV virus. Orphan sponsorship provides an education for these vulnerable children.

Sponsored Orphan Jane Mulonda Sponsored Orphan Nakwali Balumbi Sponsored Orphan Natasha Mufaya Sponsored Orphan Chaton Sitali Follow link to sponsor an orphan and meet some of the courageous orphans.

Charity Infographic courtesy of the team over at thinkmoney’s Basic Bank Account.


Education Project

Working in four Chiefdoms of Zambia we are building sustainable schools, advancing education and offering hope to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children. ‘Education is the key’ – without it there is no way these needy people, who have been decimated by the HIV and AIDS pandemic, can move forward. Sadly the education in rural villages is inadequate. Shortage of facilities, distance to travel to the nearest school, poverty and lack of safe water and food are common place. For the past nine years we have built new schools, enabling children to go to school for the very first time, added classrooms to existing schools, installed bore holes and latrines and provided seeds for sustainable feeding programs.

The areas we have covered are in the Mukuni, Musokotwane, Sikute and Nyawa Chiefdoms – many of these are remote villages which become in accessible during the rainy season from November to March. Once we have built a school we hand it over to the Ministry of Education in order for them to provide the necessary trained teachers. Unfortunately schooling is not free and from grade seven school and exam fees have to be found. Additional funds are needed for uniform, shoes and books, which is affordable if your parents have an income. When you are an orphan it is virtually impossible to find the funds to go to school. That is why The Butterfly Tree set up an orphan sponsorship program, which has enabled hundreds of children to receive an education from pre-school through to completing high school.

We have supported 25 students at college – courses have included teacher’s training, computing, agriculture and hotel management.

In 2014 the government incorporated pre-schools within the curriculum. Since 2006 we have funded a pre-school at Mukuni Village, which is attended daily by over 230 children and another at Machenje Village. In February 2015 we handed the pre-school over to the Ministry of Education.

In addition we have constructed five new schools at Matengu, Silelo, Malima, N’dele and Sibbulo. There were no high schools in the area, and the majority of pupils could not afford to go to boarding school was they had completed grade nine. We opened Mukuni High School in 2007, since adding two boarding shelters, which will accommodate 50 pupils from outreach villages. Before The Butterfly Tree’s involvement there were no facilities for children needing special education in these remote villages. In 2010 we added a unit to Mukuni Basic School, the first in Zambia. in 2013 one to Riverview School, and in 2014 two further units were opened at Katapazi and Simango schools. A fifth unit is scheduled for 2015 for Kauwe Secondary School.

Matengu Basic School

Matengu School was built by community members and run by local untrained teachers. The site consisted of two mud huts and latrines. In 2011 The Butterfly Tree was given a grant to construct a 1×3 classroom block, two teachers’ houses and latrines….

Mukuni Basic School
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Since The Butterfly Tree’s involvement at Mukuni Basic School a great deal of development has taken place. After a successful project funded by The Butterfly Tree the completion of a three bay classroom, with storage rooms and an office, has been achieved making…

Mukuni Pre-School

In 2006 due to lack of funds the Mukuni pre-school was at risk of closure and only 25 children attended due to having to pay for the teacher’s fees. The Butterfly Tree has built two fully-equipped classrooms, an outdoor play area and also funds…

N’gandu School

N’gandu School, built in the 1940’s, was the second school to be supported by The Butterfly Tree back in 2007. There are over 500 pupils from grades one to nine. We have fully restored two classrooms, added two higher grades and put in a…

Ndele Basic School

Fourteen children from Mandandi and surrounding villages had never been to school due to the long distance they have to walk. In January 2012 The Butterfly Tree opened a new school at Ndele, a remote village in the Mukuni Chiefdom some 20…

Silelo Basic School

Silelo School was built by community members and run by local untrained teachers. The site consisted of two mud huts and latrines. In 2011 The Butterfly Tree was given a grant to construct a 1×3 classroom block, two teachers’ houses and latrines. The…

Special Education

An estimated 90% of all disabled children in Africa are not attending school. In western countries children with physical or mental special needs are able to receive an education, African children are less fortunate. In the past four years The Butterfly Tree has added four special education…

Sponsor an Orphan

During every trip to Zambia we are presented with a long list of new orphans in need of sponsorship. Sponsor an orphan and educate a child. Education is the Key Without education these children have no hope of improving their situation. In…

The Kamwi School Upgrade

Kamwi, a remote school in the Mukuni Chiefdom, now goes up to grade 7. The school needed to be upgraded as the children had to walk great distances to get to Mukuni Basic School, crossing elephant paths on the way. The younger children…

Latest Happenings WITH OUR Education Projects

Apr 28

Last month I was delighted to learn from Gumtree that The Butterfly Tree was to be the beneficiary for a fundraising activity, taking place in April. The aim was to upcycle an old and unrepairable Beetle and turn it into a number…

Mar 31

March 2016 Newsletter

Funding for Schools and Health Centres

I have just returned from Zambia after two weeks visiting the projects and sourcing new ones. Despite the drought, late rains provided a much needed supply of water, streams are filling up and the vegetation is lush and green. Millet and sorghum…

Mar 3

Ten Year Anniversary

Providing Water, Food, Health and Education Projects

Ten years ago today I boarded a flight in Livingstone after spending an amazing week in one of the most stunning parts of Africa. The magnificent Victoria Falls is a World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural…

Feb 7

Orphan Sponsorship

Thousands of Orphans are Educated

It is almost ten years since The Butterfly Tree started its orphan sponsorship programme in Zambia, to date around 1,000 individual orphans have received a sound basic education. Many pupils have since completed high school, others are attending college, while a number…

Jan 1

Happy New Year

Water Food Health and Education Progress

2015 has been a year of considerable development for The Butterfly Tree and our rural communities in Zambia, most especially the national launch of the new malaria prevention project. Below are images showing some of this years achievements. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make these…