The Butterfly Tree is a non-political, non-government organisation registered in the UK and Zambia. We promote equality. We do not discriminate against people on grounds of sex, race, disability or religion.
All the projects we raise money for are to help vulnerable children and rural communities in Zambia. We support children and adults with intellectual impairment, disabilities, those living with HIV, those from different tribal and religious backgrounds.
Our first involvement in 2006 was with Mukuni Village, where the Toka Leya people have lived, close to the mighty Victoria Falls, for several hundred years. We have since expanded our work throughout the Southern Province, mainly in the Kazumgula District, where you find the Toka leya, Lozi, and Tonga tribes living in harmony.
Due to falling copper prices, a recent drought and tourism at a standstill due to COVID-19, the Zambian economy is weak. Sadly many people rely on international aid. Thanks to the significant support we have received more children have access to safe clean water, feeding programmes, better healthcare and advanced education. The Butterfly Tree is the biggest contributor to education in the Kazungula District.
Last week schools in Zambia reopened for grades 7, 9 and 12. Pupils will sit their all-important examinations later in the year. We have provided protection for 21 schools in the District. The newly build satallite school, funded by the Hilary and Neil Murphy Charitable Trust, has helped to provide extra space for 408 pupils at River View School to follow social distancing. In recent years River View has been transformed from a community school to a secondary schools with 1,600 pupils.
This month we aim to install at least ten boreholes for remote schools and communities that do not have access to safe clean drinking water. It is now the dry season and no rain is expected until November. Besides providing drinking water the boreholes enable schools and rural people to grow vegetables for home consumption and to sell in markets.
In addition, we will be adding six water reticulation systems for the bigger schools to have income-generating enterprises as well as providing feeding programmes. The grant award, which we received from Corteva Agriscience earlier this year, has greatly boosted our food and water projects.
With COVID-19 attributing to the increase in poverty, most especially for those communities close to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, we are working with tourism consultants to find solutions to improve the tourism experiences in the area. Our aim is to create community lead initiatives for youths who have completed school. A grant received from TheirWorld has offered an opportunity for five young women to be trained in hotel management, catering and tourism.
Our malaria prevention programme has received substantial support from numerous Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland thanks to the Chairman of their International Service Committee selecting The Butterfly Tree and Medical Film Aids as her charities of the year. We are absolutley delighted that this will continue for a second year.
We are very grateful to everyone for the tremendous support during this very difficult time. The global demand is greater than ever – we will endeavour to reach out to those most in need with the funds we receive.