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.

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. Our aim for 2015 is to provide two safe new malaria prevention products. 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 for schools, teaches peer educators, selected amongst pupils, to prevent new cases of HIV.

We have advanced maternity care at Mukuni, Mambova and Mahalulu 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. A entire Health Centre was added at Mahalulu and a rural clinic was built at Muchambile in 2014. 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 35 million  living with HIV in 2013 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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Aug 18

Malaria News from Zambia

Launch of Malaria Prevention Project

I have just returned from a very productive visit to Zambia with the highlight being the launch of our new innovative malaria prevention project. This took place at the Avani Victoria Falls Resort on July 29th and was attended by the Deputy Permanent…

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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…

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May 19

Education and Health Advancements

Reaching Out To New Communities

With continual news on the launch of The Butterfly Tree’s malaria prevention project in Zambia I would like to reassure our donors and supporters that we have not neglected our grass root projects. These are so vital to the development of any community whether it…

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Apr 25

WORLD MALARIA DAY 2015

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The theme for World Malaria Day 2015 is ‘Many Voices, a single Theme‘. All over the world governments and organizations are helping the fight against malaria. Half the world’s population (3.2 billion) are at risk of contracting malaria,most especially in poor countries such as…

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Dec 1

WORLD AIDS DAY 2014

HIV Prevention

Today marks WORLD AIDS DAY, ‘an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making…