More schools are being developed or expanded, and orphans that have been supported by The Butterfly Tree from an early age have gained employment. Following guidelines from the United Nation Development Goals we are making positive and sustainable change in health and education.
EDUCATION – Two community schools, Malombe and Katubya in the Kazungula District, had only mud and pole constructions. Neither had access to safe water. Malombe now has a 1×2 classroom block and a borehole. The construction was built by two skilled builders who was sponsored by the charity. A borehole was recently installed at Katubya and construction of a 1×3 classroom block has commenced.
Two secondary schools, River View and Musokotwane, developed by the charity are to receive additional support. River View now has in excess of 1,700 pupils from early learning to grade 12. Thanks to a substantial donation from The Murphy Family Foundation we are about to construct two 1×3 classroom blocks for the secondary section of both schools.
Each school will also be given 75 desks. In addition Musokotwane’s donation will enable the school to have electricity throughout the facility, and computers for their IT section.
ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP – More young people under sponsorship have recently completed skill courses. The courses included hotel management, catering, forward and clearing, and building. One of the young men on the building course was awarded ‘student of the year.’ We are grateful to the Mukuni Village Trust (Australia), along with so many individual donors who continue to sponsor children and youths who have lost one or both parents.
During a recent recruitment by the Zambian army eight young people who were sponsored by The Butterfly Tree have been enrolled. This is quite rare for an orphan or vulnerable young person from a rural village to be selected and we congratulate them on their achievement.
The special education class at Mukuni had a treat when a donor offered to fund a party for them. A cake, sodas and biscuits were given out and the children danced to music. There are 27 children in the class, and each has been given a school jersey from another donor.
HEALTH – The new health post site for Mabwa has been chosen by the Ministry of Health who will run the facility once completed. A borehole is being drilled on Wednesday, this will be followed by the construction of a clinic, two staff houses, toilets and Biodigester for waste disposal. The project is being funded by further grant aid from the Overseas Aid and Development Commission of Guernsey.
MALARIA – We are delighted to learn that our contribution to the fight against malaria in Zambia is producing significant results. Livingstone is the capitol of tourism. The City Council Chairman last week announced that our safe interventions have resulted in the area being virtually malaria-free. He added that no other organisation’s interventions have been as effective as that of The Butterfly Tree’s. Using larvicide, a safe product that prevents larva developing into mosquito, the mosquito population has reduced significantly in Livingstone and surrounding areas. This is good news for the local people and for tourism!
Our sincere thanks to all our donors and sponsors who continue to support these worthwhile projects, helping to improve basic essentials for the lives of orphans and vulnerable people in Zambia.