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.

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HIV and AIDS Education

Pupils at Mukuni Village

According to the World Health Organisation:

  • The only way to reduce the HIV/AIDS statistics is through education - one in six adults in Zambia are infected with the HIV virus. 
  • 35.3 million people living with HIV in 2012
  • 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV in 2012
  • 9.7 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2012
  • In 2013, the world registered 2.3 million new HIV infections
  • 6.6 Million people currently receiving ARV therapy

Every family is infected or affected. In the Livingstone and Mukuni area the statistics are the fourth highest in the nation, with 27% of the population infect with HIV. It is imperative that people have access to education, come forward to be tested, know their status and to take the antiretroviral drugs if they are tested positive.  Our aim is to assist the rural clinics with their HIV and AIDS prevention programs and to target school pupils, in order for them to be the ones that make the change. We provide peer education, use educational DVDS to create awareness and help to remove the stigma. TME, a Warwickshire based charity, provide us with the interactive DVDs, which have proved to be an invaluable source of material.

Pupils overjoyed at result after voluntary testing

We are providing an orphan sponsorship program for some 500 children besides assisting thousands more with improved health and education facilities. The statistics in Livingstone and Mukuni Village are some of the highest in the nation due it being a tourist and border area. School pupils are encouraged to be tested for HIV, to remove the stigma and support peers who are HIV positive. Antiretroviral drugs are free of charge and readily available at the rural clinics as are contraceptives to prevent having unprotected sex.

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Pupils eceiving education on HIV prevention

Women who are pregnant and wish to give birth at a clinic are automatically tested for HIV. If the mother is HIV positive the government’s directive is to breastfeed for two years. The infant will also be put on drugs and are tested regularly. Mukuni Health Centre has made good progress in this area and we hope that the new clinic we have constructed at Mahalulu will help to reduce the numbers of people contracting HIV.

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Women attending maternity clinics are tested for HIV

Latest Happenings WITH OUR HIV and AIDS Education Project

Dec 6

Education For All

Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children

The Butterfly Tree has a great opportunity to boost funds for our education and malaria prevention projects. A private donor who has offered to match funds up to the value of £8,000,  has extended the closing date. Anyone who would like to make a donation between now and the 15th December has a strong chance of getting their donation matched.

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These Simango Special Education Children Receive a Sound Education

Please click on DONATE to make a donation on our special fundraising page. If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, send a cheque or require further details please contact jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk

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 it one of the most destructive pandemics in history‘. An estimated 34 million people are believed to have HIV.

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Though much has been done and many advances made, more people need to know the facts about HIV, prevention and protection. There is still a great deal of stigma and discrimination, increased awareness is needed, not just in developing countries, but also in developed countries, where complacency occurs. Zambia is one the countries that has been devastated by the pandemic, leaving 710,000 orphaned.

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Orphan sponsorship – Young Mukuni girl

The Butterfly Tree supports orphans, providing improved healthcare and education in rural villages. Unlike townships these communities do not have access to media, books or classes, relying on health workers and non-government organisations to provide vital support. Every family in Zambia is effected or infected with the virus, treatment is free and readily available, however more needs to be done to protect the future generations.

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HIV – voluntary testing and treatment is essential

In 2011 one of our volunteers, Mutsa Marau, initiated an HIV prevention programme through peer education, which is proving to be hugely successful. Having trained a group of school pupils, these brave young educators hold workshops in rural schools, delivering a powerful message. Today the group are organising activities in Mukuni Village, funded by The Butterfly Tree. This new generation can make the change!

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Meet Mutsa’s ‘Catch Me I’m a Butterfly!’

The theme for WORLD AIDS DAY 2014 is: ‘Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation’ 

If you would like to offer support we are currently running a matched funding campaign. Any donation received between now and December 8th has a strong chance of being matched. Please click on DONATE to make a donation on our special fundraising page. If you prefer to make a bank transfer, send a cheque or require further details please contact jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk

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Nov 25

Matched Funding

Christmas Donations

We have got off to a great start with our campaign to raise extra funds for Christmas. A private donor has offered to match funds up to the value of £8,000. Anyone who would like to make a donation between now and the 8th December has a strong chance of getting their donation matched.

Please click on DONATE to make a donation on our special fundraising page. If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, send a cheque or require further details please contact jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk

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EDUCATING ORPHANS & VULNERABLE CHILDREN

The Butterfly Tree is working in four Chiefdoms in the Southern Province of Zambia, assisting several thousand orphaned and vulnerable children. Your donations will help to reach out to more rural communities and orphans who need safe water, health and education facilities as well as protection from malaria.

Malaria remains the biggest killer of man. According to the World Health Organisation ‘ in 2012, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African Region, mostly among children under 5 years of age. Malaria prevention methods are vital.

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MALARIA PREVENTION CAN HELP TO SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE

DONATE to The Butterfly Tree knowing that your money will be used where it is most needed, NO administration or personal fees will be deducted. We aim to use the matched funding towards the purchase a much needed vehicle for our amazing team in Zambia.

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Nov 18

Boost Education & Malaria Prevention

Fundraising for Christmas

The build up to Christmas is truly under way – festive lights illuminating the high streets, TV and radio media advertising the latest computer games and supermarket crammed with treats. With so much turmoil happening around the globe, the raging wars, the natural disasters and the Ebola crisis, to mention but a few, it’s hard to get enthusiastic about Christmas. The unwanted gifts, the over indulgence, the unnecessary stress it all creates is it really worth it? There are so many good causes that need supporting and this is the perfect time for giving.

A recent quote from one of our orphan sponsors sums it up: ‘With all the excess involved in Christmas and even everyday spending on silly things, it is genuinely a delight to give money to people who really need it.’

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Sponsor an orphan through The Butterfly Tree

This month The Butterfly Tree has received some amazing donations and grants. The British and Foreign School Society has approved a grant for a 1×2 classroom block and latrines for Ndele Primary School. This is just one of many education projects funded by the BFSS since 2007. Mukuni Special Education unit is to get a boost thanks to a generous donation from Pegnet, Germany and several more children have been added to our orphan sponsorship programme.

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Ndele pupils to receive new classroom

November is Zambia is the start of the rainy season, after six months without a drop of rain the farmers and rural communities are rejoicing. This is the time for planting maize and other crops to secure enough food to store through the prolonged dry season. The downside is that the wet season increases the risk of contracting malaria. Chuunga Village has reported four new cases. We are working with Biotech International to bring new innovative methods of prevention to Zambia. Supported by Saga Charitable Foundation who has donated substantial funds to help boost this project, we aim to make the change. In addition New Textiles has donated over 100 protective t-shirts, which have been distributed amongst children at Mahalulu School.

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Mahalulu pupils receiving protective t-shirts

This year we are not taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Many people found this very stressful and complained that they could not get the donation on in time. It is highly competitive and time consuming. Instead we have a private donor who has offered to match funds up to the value of £8,000. Anyone who would like to make a donation between now and the 8th December has a strong chance of getting their donation matched. Please click on DONATE to make a donation or contact jane@thebutterflytree.org.uk  if you would like to make a bank transfer, send a cheque or require further details.

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Oct 30

Zambia Loses President

Tragic loss for the Nation

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The Butterfly Tree is saddened to announce the passing away of President Michael Chilufya Sata on October 28th in London.

Acting President Guy Scott has announced the commencement of the period of mourning.

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Our condolences go to his family and the entire Zambian nation.