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Project information

The Butterfly Tree Community Housing Project

This project provides homes for vulnerable people living in rural communities of Zambia, which have been decimated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Women, children and elderly are living in deplorable conditions, struggling on less than 50p a day. Each home costs £400. 100% will go into the project

October 2010 - September 2011

Charity information: The Butterfly Tree

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  • Need


    Widows and elderly grandaprents are too poor to provide decent accommadation for the orphans. Homes are overcrowded and delapidated. with as many as seven people sleeping in a tiny mud hut, increasing the risk of infection and infection.


    The Butterfly Tree builds substantial mud huts complete with concrete floors and a secured doors These a larger and more sturdily built using professional thatching and will last much longer. Local builders are used and the families are encouraged to maintain their new homes.
    Widows and the elderly have an improved environment to sleep in and the orphans have a better home

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the living conditions of vulnerable people in remote villages in Zambia


    » Fund raise through social media, using The Butterfly Tree website, Facebook, Twitter and the Big Give

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by asking the people how much their lives have improved and putting these results on a video

    Aim 2

    Provide adequate housing for children left orphaned through the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Zambia


    » Fund raise through social media, using The Butterfly Tree website, Facebook, Twitter and the Big Give

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through photos, reports and feedback to the donors showing the improvements that have been made

  • Impact


    The project will help to reduce the poverty and stigma that comes with it. The charity will monitor the families living in the donated homes. We will offer the orphans a chance to be educated through The Butterfly Tree orphan sponsorship program and encourage the widows to join clubs and find an income-generating activity with the aim of sustainability


    There are few risks that could affect this project if the houses are built before or after the rainy season. We use skilled local builders and source good materials so that the structure is sturdy and will withstand the elements, while keeping the traditional homes of the tribal people.


    Reports will be sent to the donors with images showing the stages of development and the beneficiaries. Regular newsletters are sent to all donors. We have a sound reputation for showing our supporters that their funds have gone directly into the grassroots projects

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Community Homes Building ten substantial houses for widows and orphans
  • Background


    The project is located in Mukuni Village, a remote community on a sandy knoll, seven kilometres from the Victoria Falls. The Leya people maintain their traditional way of life, though many have fallen below the poverty line due to the HIV/ADS pandemic. The soil is poor and farming is restricted. The nearest town is Livingstone, 20 kilometres from Mukuni and the nearest hospital. Transport is limited to those who can afford it.


    Mukuni Village has a population of 7000. The main source of income is from curio making, which is sold to tourists, though this has been badly affected through the global recession. The school has over 1000 pupils, almost 50% are orphans. The Chief is encouraging tourism, developing areas of the Chiefdom to bring sustainable income and employment to the area and his people.
    The beneficiaries of this project will be orphans, widows and the elderly.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have had four and a half years experience in the area, work directly with the people and find what they need rather than telling them what they should have. We are all volunteers which enables all the money to be used at grassroots, nothing will be deducted for personal fees. Since 2006 we have successfully built over 50 homes for widows and elderly grandparents who look after the orphans. Besides housing we provide improved health and education facilities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Kaye-Bailey

    Chairman of The Butterfly Tree both in the UK and Zambia, who initiates and oversees the entire project

    Mupotola Siloka

    Secretary of The Butterfly Tree, Zambia, who will handle the funding, order the supplies and source the builders.

    Martin Mushabati

    Field Officer who will source the beneficiaries, monitor the work and oversee the construction

    Reverend Presley Mulenga

    Member of The Butterfly Tree, Zambia and Head Teacher of Mukuni Basic School, who oversees the welfare of the orphans