Jane Kaye-Bailey, runs the amazing Butterfly Tree Charity – working with people to develop impoverished rural communities in Mukuni Village, Zambia. She has now launched their 2009 Charity Calendar.
The work she is doing is truly inspiring and it gives you a real sense of perspective when you see that people are still living in such awful conditions in the 21st century.
Mukuni Village, near Victoria Falls, is a small town of 8,000 people with more than 36,000 living in the surrounding chiefdom. In the town, 16 % of people are HIV positive and malaria is prevalent. Some 450 of the school’s 1,000 pupils are HIV orphans, and many have lost several foster parents as well as their own families. The statistics are devastating.
Jane has many stories to tell of hardship and poverty, but her outlook is positive. She speaks fondly of the people she meets, the culture, the smiles that people share and the community’s dedication to developing and improving their situation.
The good news is that we can make a difference. The Butterfly Tree has a huge amount of inspiring projects: community, housing, education, water projects, building maternity facilities, feeding programs, orphan sponsorship and also helping them to deal with the consequences that HIV and AIDS have had over a long period of time.
If like me you are touched by this amazing charity and want to help out, then visit www.TheButterFlyTree.org.uk to find out more, donate online and buy the 2009 Charity Calendar.