Today Zambia announced a new President-Elect, Hakainde Hichilema. Born in a village in the Southern Province the President-Elect managed to get a scholarship to the University of Zambia, gaining a degree in Economics and Business Administration, followed by an MBA degree from the University of Birmingham.
The Butterfly Tree is a non-political organisation but works closely with the Ministries of Health and Education in Zambia, who value our contribution in helping to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable people in the Kazungula District. Since 2006 we have installed numerous boreholes, constructed schools, health post, community houses as well as initiating projects for women and youths, and provided sponsorship for hundreds of orphans and children living in extreme poverty. Some of the orphans we have sponsored have become teachers, agriculturalists, journalists, medical researchers, policemen, and one boy qualified as a pilot.
I am delighted to say that, despite August usually being a quiet month because of the summer holidays, we are receiving a continual stream of donations. Zambian schools have been closed due to COVID-19, however the August holiday has been cut short, therefore pupils in examination grades returned to lessons on the 6th and other grades will resume this week. The Butterfly Tree has again donated PPE to schools and clinics to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Thanks to a private donation, we have funding in place to build another classroom. We have selected Chabalanda, a remote school in the Musokotwane Chiefdom with 343 pupils. Once completed the school will be upgraded to a junior secondary school and children will no longer have to walk to Sinde, a distance of 7 kms. Construction on the classroom block at Kamwi is making great progress and should finished next month, after which the school will be upgraded.
Applications are currently being made for school leavers to attend further education. Five young people from Mukuni and River View will attend university thanks to a generous donation from The Murphy Family Foundation, reading the following subjects: pharmacy, accountancy, engineering, nursing, and teaching in business studies. In addition, at least ten youths will participate in skilled based college courses, most of these courses will commence in September and will include computing, welding, carpentry, building, and hotel management and catering. A further five girls have also been selected as beneficiaries of a grant award from Theirworld.
Once again Motive Real Estate, Texas, has donated to The Butterfly Tree’s community housing project. For every house the company sells, a donation is given to the charity. The donation will enable us to build 20 houses for those most in need. We continue to receive support for our malaria prevention programme most recently from Nailsea and Backwell Rotary Club to purchase mosquito nets for schools. The accumulation of funds donated by the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs has been used to purchase insecticidal coating for Moomba Chiefdom, where there is a high prevalence of malaria. These generous donations will help to prevent children from contracting this life-threatening disease.
As always we are extremely grateful for your support.