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.

Health

Charity Health Projects

HIV and AIDS, malaria, TB and diarrhoeal diseases are major health problems in Zambia. The HIV and AIDS pandemic has pushed most families below the poverty line. One in six adults and thirty-three thousand children are infected with the HIV virus. Longevity is forty two years of age. Malaria is the biggest killer of man, most deaths occur in children under the age of five in Sub-Sahara Africa. Lack of safe drinking water increases the risk of diarrhoea, which can be fatal in infants.

The Butterfly Tree runs a number of health programs in rural clinics, which receive very little government funding. The most crucial are malaria prevention to outreach communities in four Chiefdoms, providing mosquito nets and educational workshops. In 2015 we launched a new malaria prevention project, providing two safe products, which were first distributed in the Mukuni and Sekute Chiefdoms. HIV prevention education is essential, encouraging people to be tested in order to know their status; support, counselling and treatment are also available. Our successful HIV prevention method, using trained peer educators, works well in schools, to help prevent new cases of HIV.

We have advanced maternity care at Mukuni, Mambova, Mahalulu, Singwamba and Kasiya clinics, adding maternity wings and women’s shelters. Whenever possible we fund treatment for children, a considerable number have received financial assistance for operations, special diets, medication and physiotherapy.

Over twenty thousand people are dependent on the funding and medical supplies we provide to rural clinics. An entire Health Centre was added at Mahalulu and a rural clinic was built at Muchambile in 2014. Two further women’s shelters were added in 2015 and a new clinic for Mambova, to replace the old one, is currently under construction. We have an environmental officer on our team in Zambia and work with highly qualified government employed medical staff. Experienced volunteers from all over the world assist at the rural clinics and Livingstone hospital.

Our support is vital – without it these vulnerable people would have very limited medical services.

HIV and AIDS Education
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According to the World Health Organisation 36.9 million living with HIV in 2014 1.5 million died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2013 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV in 2012 9.7 million  in low – and middle – income countries were receiving antiretroviral…

HIV and AIDS Prevention
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The World Health Organisation – the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker, and the person becomes more susceptible to infections….

Malaria Prevention
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According to the World Health Organization half of the world’s population are at risk of malaria. While there are four parasites that can cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is by far the most deadly and common, this strain is prevalent in…

Onchocerciasis River Blindness
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‘Onchocerciasis is a parasitic disease caused by the filarial worm Onchocerca volvulus. It is transmitted through the bites of infected blackflies of Simulium species, which carry immature larval forms of the parasite from human to human. In the human body, the larvae form nodules in…

Peer Education for Prevention of HIV
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In 2011 Mutsa Marau joined The Butterfly Tree and wrote a program to help alleviate new cases of HIV amongst the rural communities we work in. ‘Catch me if you Can’ was first put into practice in 2011. Mutsa funded here own…

The Butterfly Tree Maternity Care
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In June 2008 The Butterfly Tree opened a maternity clinic at Mukuni Health Centre to provide a safer place for the delivery of babies.  The health authorities advise women to come to the clinic rather than have traditional home births. All woman who are pregnant and…

Latest Happenings WITH OUR Health Projects

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Apr 25

World Malaria Day 2016

End Malaria For Good

The Butterfly Tree in partnership with Vectorcide International introduces safe innovative malaria prevention method for World Malaria Day 2016 Malaria is the biggest killer of man – every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. People all over the globe come together to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…