The Saga Charitable Trust has enjoyed a successful relationship with registered charity 'The Butterfly Tree' since 2007, working together in the Mukuni chiefdom. During this time we provided funding for 4,000 mosquito nets, water tanks and equipment for a maternity clinic, all to support the communities within the chiefdom.
More recently we collaborated on the building of two sleeping shelters and the provision of bunk beds for the Mukuni village school, which were completed in 2013. Many pupils were travelling huge distances on foot to get to and from school, so being able to stay there during the week means they have more time to study and are provided with a safe and secure environment. It also means that children with physical disabilities, who could not make the daily journey to and from the school, can also now attend and stay at the shelters during term time.
The Trust is currently supporting a two year malaria prevention programme run by the Butterfly Tree in the Mukuni chiefdom. New anti-malarial products have been purchased and distributed alongside malaria prevention workshops. These new products come in the form of a paint, which has been used to coat walls and furniture, and granules that were placed in mosquito breeding grounds to kill the insects. This programme started in October 2014 and runs until October 2016, we look forward to reporting back on the impact of our funding later this year.