I have pleasure in presenting The Butterfly Tree’s Annual Report and Accounts from the 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
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What a year! After reporting that last year was one of the best years we have ever had, this financial year has topped it. We have completed more projects, further advanced our malaria prevention programme, and provided safe clean water, sanitation and community houses for thousands of orphans and vulnerable people.
The Butterfly Tree’s malaria prevention programme continues to produce encouraging results. In January 2019 we were able to coat the remainder of dwellings in Moomba Chiefdom and have considerably reduced the number of malaria cases. In addition, we provided mosquito nets for Sikaunzwe, Kawewa, Kamwi and Mambova Schools, which not only helps to save lives, but prevents absenteeism from school. One of the highlights of the year was to be announced as runner up in the global AidEx Innovation Challenge. It was a privilege to be able to present our malaria prevention initiative at the event, which took place in Brussels in November 2018. Competition was stiff, with over 50 corporate entries, consequently we were delighted to have done so well.
As always, our orphan sponsorship programme is at the forefront of our work, with Mukuni and River View being the biggest schools we support. The schools have 1,350 and 1,500 pupils respectively, therefore the majority of sponsorship takes place at these two schools. Kamwi, N’gandu, Ndele also get support as well as few orphans at Kazungula Boarding School and some children from outreach schools in Mukuni and Sekute Chiefdoms.
Seventeen students were sponsored at university and colleges studying a variety of courses including teaching, journalism, IT, building, plumbing, electrics and tailoring. The skilled based courses give school leavers an opportuntiy to be self-employed or set up local enterprises. We received a wonderful donation from LeapLearning, Norway in the form of a new educational method using technology with stations, which has been installed at River View School.
Education is vitally important for children living in rural areas, not just from early learning, but also to have adequate facilities for secondary school studies. After the success of River View, which is now an approved examination centre, we have been built a science lab in Nyawa to prevent pupils having to travel 120km to sit their finals. After seeing classrooms with as many as 110 pupils at River View School a 1×2 classroom block is under construction, and also one for Kawewa School to give them the opportuntiy incorporate grades 8 and 9. Latrines were added added to Bunsanga School to complete the development of a new community school.
On the health front a major advancement took place at Sikaunzwe Rural Health Centre. The project included a new clinic, maternity ward, mother’s shelter and latrines. A further grant was approved for a rural health post at Bunsanga for a clinic, staff house and latrines. These rural healh centres are crucial in helping to diagnose and treat malaria, HIV and TB, and for infant vaccinations, antenatal and post natal clinics. Improved sanitation was added to Mukuni mother’s shelter. In addition medical supplies were donated to Mukuni, Mambova, Sikaunzwe and Nyawa rural Health Centres, as well as Livingstone General Hospital.
In the past twelve months we drilled boreholes at Muyunda, Mayoba, Zalu and Nakawa schools, and one for the Mukalahani Village. We received a donation of thirty mobile water barrels for the elderly. We built seventeen community houses and distributed maize and blankets in Mukuni, Nyawa and Sekute Villages. Sadly, the rainfall this season was so poor that water and food shortages are predicted. After returning from Zambia, at the end of March, I started creating awareness and raising funds for food security to help rural schools and communities.
We had visitors and volunteers from the UK, Canada, US, Brazil, Argentina and New Zealand. The visitors are taken to see our vital work and volunteers can get involved with classroom and house building, setting up chicken and soap-making enterprises and teaching pupils in Mukuni, Kamwi and River View Schools.
A further honour has helped to boost the charity after I was awarded The Prime Minister’s Points of Life Award for my work with orphans and malaria prevention. This was totally unexpected, extremely humbling, and something that I share with my fellow Trustees and volunteers, both in the UK and Zambia. Without their commitment the charity would not be so successful. I would like to express my sincere thanks to long-term Trustees Miranda, Ann (Treasurer) and Wendy, for their tremendous contribution, though I am sorry to announce that Wendy had to step down after moving to the United States. However, I am delighted to welcome Jackie Brown, a former Head of House for a London University, who grew up in Zambia, to our Board. Special thanks also to our volunteers David, Carolyn, Valerie and Leah, who do so much behind the scenes, and to our overseas volunteers Marilee and Grant Gibson and Katie Boothby in Canada and Frank Maiola in the US. The charity continues to thrive as a result of having such dedicated people on our team.
Nothing would be achieved without The Butterfly Tree team in Zambia. Their tireless and selfless efforts are truly remarkable. Every day they administer and manage numerous projects for our water, food, health and education programmes as well as the orphan sponsorship. Frequently they hours on end to reach remote schools and communities throughout the Kazungula District.
The team comprises of Mupotola Siloka (Secretary & Project Manager), Presley Mulenga (Head of Education), Martin Mushabati (Ground Operations Manager), Stain Musungaila (Malaria Prevention), Sibeso Maseke (Environmetal Officer) and most recently Natasha Mufeya, a former sponsored orphan and Mafian Sitali. Sincere thanks to Chief Mukuni and the local tour operators and hoteliers who promote our work.
No charity can continue to prosper without the support of its donors and fundraisers. We have acquired a considerable number of global followers who generously donate funds and award grants for our projects. A huge thanks to our major donors the Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, the British and Foreign School Society, the Hilary and Neil Murphy Charitable Foundation, ATD Foundation, Motive Real Estate Texas, Mukuni Village Fund (Australia), Dawson Group, Nationwide Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs, Larry and Gaylen Robbins, and Nick Bousliman, and Grenfell James for freely verifying the charity.
I am also extremely grateful to all the individuals, corporates, schools, clubs and churches and organisation that support our cause. Almost 100% of money raised has gone into our grass root projects, enabling us to build more new schools and clinics, provide clean water, feeding programmes, HIV and malaria prevention for thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children to give them hope for a better future.
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