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.


Feeding Program Mukuni

Zambia ranks third hungriest Nation
Numerous challenges burden the country, including high rates of malnutrition, poverty, food insecurity, HIV and AIDS and malaria. While Zambia has reduced the rate of extreme poverty in some areas, extreme poverty continues to be much higher in rural areas (57 percent) compared to urban areas (13 percent ). Zambia’s food security challenges are worsened by a high dependence on rain-fed agriculture. This is attributed to localized poor crop production due to poor weather conditions in some parts of the country.

The stable diet for Zambians is maize, which is heavily dependent on rain. The rainy season in Zambia runs between November and April, seeds are planted in November. Too much rain and the seeds rot, insufficient rain results in poor crops.

Children living in remote villages have to walk long distances to get to school, often without having eaten breakfast, for many hunger is normal. Poor diet and insufficient food effects their concentration and stamina. The Butterfly Tree provides a daily nutritional meal for vulnerable and orphaned children in Mukuni Village and initiates sustainable feeding programs in many other schools.  A balanced diet of n’shima (maize), beans, vegetables and kapenta (dried fish) will sustain the children, particularly those who live so far from the school.

Sixteen schools annually receive seeds and fertilizer to enable them to grow their own produce. Maize is dried and stored for the long ‘dry’ season, vegetables and beans are grown using the bore hole water we have provided for drinking and irrigation.

Sadly 2014-15 saw a poor rainy season and alarmingly 2015-16 is following in the same path. Areas drought and unseasonably high temperatures are being reported in the Southern Province. Last year most maize crops in the Southern Province perished as the crops are rain dependent. We have encouraged schools to grow sorghum, which is less rain dependent as well as more vegetables. Water from bore holes can be used to irrigate school gardens, especially when the river and streams run dry. Our aim is continue to raise funds to enable more schools to initiate sustainable feeding programmes.

School Feeding Programs

Children from remote villages can walk as much as 10 miles each way to school, on only one meal a day. The Butterfly has initiated a number of feeding programmes in rural schools, providing a daily nutritional meal for some 2000 orphans and vulnerable…

Seeds for Schools

As it is not possible to fund feeding programs for each of the schools we support, every year we provide seeds for the rural schools to grow maize and vegetables. This enables them to dry the maize and store it for the…

Under Fives Feeding Program

We are currently supporting several orphaned babies and young children who are on our sponsor an orphan program, including twin boys who lost their mother in childbirth and two children under four who recently lost both parents. In addition we are providing formula to…

Latest Happenings WITH OUR Food Projects

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 22

Water Crisis

Bore Holes Needed to Help Water Shortages

For many of us the constant rainy days this winter have become tiresome. The ground is saturated, which restricts us being able to play sport, do the gardening or hang out the washing. Imagine what it would be like if you had no fresh water to…

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…

Oct 21

Malaria Season

Prevention Saves Lives

Next month is the start of the rainy season in Zambia and with it brings a higher risk of contracting malaria, the biggest killer of man. Though malaria is prevalent all year round, the next few months are the worst. It is essential…