Saga Fundraising Fortnight: Emma Soames's Zambia blog - September 25 2012

As part of our Fundraising Fortnight, Saga Magazine Editor-at-large Emma Soames is blogging from the Butterfly Tree project in Zambia, to see where your charitable donations are put to good use in education and healthcare initiatives.

I write this with my bags packed and a taxi purring outside my door to whisk me off to the airport for the first leg of a trip to Zambia.

One of the charitable projects that Saga supports is the admirable sounding Butterfly Tree project in the chiefdom of Mukuni, right next to Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi. And Butterfly Tree has been chosen for a visit later this week by the Princess Royal who is visiting the country representing the Queen in her Jubilee Year.

It is a great tribute to the admirable work of the project, and particularly to its founder, Jane Kaye-Bailey, that it has been chosen for this auspicious visit. Butterfly Tree does amazing things in a deeply impoverished area and I shall be visiting all their projects, their schools and centres with Mrs Kaye-Bailey.

I am extremely excited to be able to visit the project, particularly at such a memorable moment in its life. I can’t wait to meet Jane Kaye-Bailey and I am eager to visit Butterfly Tree and see for myself what the Saga Charitable Trust, aided by the generous donations of Saga staff and our customers, has accomplished for the people of Mukuni. It will also be an opportunity to see how best we can help them in the future.

Best of all I get to write home about it all and I shall be posting daily blogs over the next few days from Livingstone. Watch this space.

Butterfly Tree founder Jane Kaye-Bailey talks to Saga about the project

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