The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.
The Butterfly Tree’s work in Zambia is helping in a small, but significent way to meet 8 of these goals.
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
International aid can be damaging for communities if they are not given the chance to become sustainable. However, before this can be done the essentials need to be provided: WATER, FOOD, HEALTH and EDUCATION. The main reason why The Butterfly Tree concentrates on one area at a time is to make sure all these esential are in place before moving on. Once adequate facilites are available income generating-acitivities can be introduced. There is very little opportunity for employment when the poverty levels are so extreme, the main source of income in rural areas is subsistence farming, curio making and local retailers.
Farming and agriculture are very much in demand, hence we have initiated a number of sustainable enterprises for women and youths. These include chicken and goat rearing, vegetable growing, beekeeping and uniform making.
Our focus for 2020-21 is to help schools create sustainable income-generating gardens. In 2020 we donated six water reticulation systems to the following schools in order for them to access water for irrigation during the dry season: River View, Katapazi, Musokotwane, Singwamba, Matengu and Chaba. Five schools were given boreholes. The aim is to produce sufficient food for school feeding programmes and surplus produce being sold to the communities. Profits will then be put back into the school to provide text books and orphan support.