It’s not easy being an orphan. When a child has lost, not just one, but both parents, his or her world is turned upside down. What is worse for some children is that they may have been living a relatively prosperous life in a town where both parents brought in an income, then everythng changes. They must go to a remote village to live with their grandparents or guardian. No longer do they have the amenities found in town, their new home is most likely to be a mud hut dwelling with no running water and no electricity.
Peter was sent to live in Mukuni Village with his aunt and had to attend a new school. At the age of 12 Peter, an intelligent child, was not performing well. The Head Teacher advised that if he was able to go to a boarding school he would perform better. From then on, Peter, who was the first orphan to be sponsored by the charity, received our support. The sponsorship and Peter’s hard work paid off. After completing high school with good results, followed by three years studying at college, he gained a Bachelor’s degree as a Secondary School Teacher.
This is a great achievement for an orphan who had a troubled life and lived in a poor community. Other orphans have gone on to be engineers, teachers, nurses and police officers. Jacob, after four years at college, with shortly complete a course in agriculture, amiming to pass on his skills to his community. A number of orphans are volunteering for The Butterfly Tree and their communities until they obtain sponsorship.
Besides supporting individual children, we are currently building a new school and expending two more, which will benefit hundreds of rural children. Bunsanga School, previously used a mud hut dwelling to educate 86 children. When the roof of the classroom collapsed the pupils had to be taught in a church. With a new classroom block shortly opening the enrolment has already increased. A teacher’s house and latrines will also be added. Attraction Tickets Direct is kindly funding this project.
River View School is in the final stages of development after a four-classroom block has been constructed as well as six latrines thanks to grant aid from GOAC and a dedicated Head Teacher and community. This week we started work on a new two-classroom block for the pupils at Chaba School, a result of a generous grant from the BFSS. Currently grade 8 pupils must walk 7 miles each way to Livingstone to attend classes.
Motive Real Estate is helping us to improve the living conditions for orphans and their gardians. Four community houses are currently being built with a further five scheduled for this year. Since 2016 the company has funded nine of these homes.
We welcome to the team Leah Black, who volunteered in Zambia earlier this year. Leah will be assiting with the orphan sponsorship programme and youth development. Helping these vulnerable children to gain a sound education will not only change their lives for the better, but it will inspire other orphans to take the challenge. With your support, we can educate so many more children and give them hope and a purpose in life.
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