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

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.

Thirteen 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 2015 saw a poor rainy season. Maize crop in the Southern Province were all destroyed as it is rain dependent, making vegetable growing essential so that the pupils can irrigate them using bore hole or stream water. 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

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…

Zambian Children After School
Jul 19

Charity Annual Report 2014-15

30% Increase in Donations and Grant Aid

Chair’s Report… 2014–15 has been an extremely successful year for The Butterfly Tree, with donations and grant aid increasing by 30%. We gained many new donors and have reached out to several new schools and communities. I am astounded by the continued…

Mar 24

Water and Food

Crops Fail Due to Lack of Rain

March sees the start of The Butterfly Tree’s tenth year working to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia. We have made significant strides in education and healthcare in the Kazungula and Livingstone Districts adding new schools and clinics in remote…

Feb 10

Charity Partners & Sponsors

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…

Seeds for Schools
Jan 12

2013 Support for Orphans

New Year Brings Hope for Orphans

It is almost seven years since I first stepped foot in Mukuni Village and visited their basic school. It was there that I learnt about the plight of the orphans – almost 50% of the children had lost one or both parents….