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 trip and stayed for over four months in Zambia working with groups of school children in Mukuni Village.
After holding several workshops Mutsa selected fifteen peer educators for this programme and set about making the change. The group went to the villages of Kamwi, Ngandu and Nsongwe to teach the pupils about the dangers of HIV and how to prevent contracting and spreading this devastating virus. Since then Mutsa has continued to raise funds for this project and will be returning to Zambia in March 2013, with her friend Tope, to work with the peer educators. Over the next two years she hopes to involve more of these vulnerable students.
2014 – more workshops have taken place at schools within the Mukuni Chiefdom. The group are holding actives in Mukuni Village to mark WORLD AIDS DAY on December 1st.
2015 – sadly HIV is on the increase in some of the villages. Working alongside Mukuni Health Centre we will step-up our HIV prevention workshops using the group of peer educators trained by Mutsa Marau.