According to the World Health Organisation over 1 billion people globally lack access to safe drinking-water supplies, while 2,6 billion lack adequate sanitation. Diseases relating to unsafe water result in an estimated 1.7 million deaths every year.
Over one third of Zambia’s 15.5 million population do no have access to safe clean drinking water and 25% of all schools to not have a safe supply of water.
In far too many remote communities people have to rely on bacteria-infected streams and contaminated shallow wells, and in some areas from rivers reaming with crocodiles, to obtain water. Schistosomiasis, also known as Balharzia, is common. The charity has installed twelve bore holes in schools, three in communities and one for a clinic. In addition we have replaced eleven water tanks, pipework and taps throughout Mukuni Village.
More than 5,000 young Zambia children die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases.
The Butterfly Tree’s aim is to provide safe, clean water to outreach communities in Zambia. Our priority is to ensure that schools have close access to water for drinking and food production for sustainable feeding programs. As of October 2016 we have installed bore holes at the following nineteen schools: Mukuni, Kamwi, N’gandu. Kapatapazi, Siamasimbi, Libala, Sibbulo, Malima, Chuunga, Kauwe, Nampuyani, Muchimbale, Bunsanga, Siachikubi, Sinsimuku, River View, Kazungula Boarding, Nguba and Mayala, and at the Mahalulu Health Centre and for the communities of Mukuni, Chise and Kafekwa.
October 2016 – over 10,000 children now have access to safe clean water.