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 children. Each year 15 schools are given seeds and fertilizer for their garden to help sustain these vital feeding programmes, which has helped to improve the concentration, stamina and attendance of these vulnerable children,
2015 is going to be very challenging. The rainy season in Zambia starts in November and ends in April. Some parts of Zambia have recorded good rains, sadly this is not the case in the Southern Province, where very little rain has fallen. Now the peak growing season is coming to an end and for many villages and schools there is no maize. Crops have failed to grow, resulting in a shortage of food, hunger is already apparent which will get worse over the coming months.
More schools need to have bore hole so that they can grow vegetables during the dry season and when there is a lack of rainfall. The water from a bore hole, besides offering safe drinking water can provide a source of irrigation for school gardens.