Orphan Sponsorship

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.

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.

Prince Royal Visit to Mukuni
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Education Project

Working 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 eight 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.

The government does not support pre-schools – we have funded one at Mukuni Village, which is attended daily by over 230 children and another at Machenje Village. In addition we constructed five new schools at Matengu, Silelo, Malima, N’dele and Sibbulo. We have added three special education units as well as opening the Mukuni High School in Mukuni.

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 2014 will see the completion of another unit at Katapazi Basic 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
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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
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 2009 the Zambian government provided Mukuni Basic School with a special…

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

Jan 7

January 2015 Newsletter

Orphans, Education and Malaria Support

Happy New Year to everyone of our donors, supporters and volunteers! Please accept our apologies for the delay in sending the 2015 calendars, which are still available to purchase at a cost of £4 each plus postage. A special thanks to all the…

Dec 6

Education For All

Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children

The Butterfly Tree has a great opportunity to boost funds for our education and malaria prevention projects. A private donor who has offered to match funds up to the value of £8,000,  has extended the closing date. Anyone who would like to…

Nov 25

Matched Funding

Christmas Donations

We have got off to a great start with our campaign to raise extra funds for Christmas. A private donor has offered to match funds up to the value of £8,000. Anyone who would like to make a donation between now and…

Nov 18

Boost Education & Malaria Prevention

Fundraising for Christmas

The build up to Christmas is truly under way – festive lights illuminating the high streets, TV and radio media advertising the latest computer games and supermarket crammed with treats. With so much turmoil happening around the globe, the raging wars, the natural disasters…

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…