Another look at what Philantrophic Travel entails, and how to go about seeking the right program that meets your passion to help the right cause. The Butterfly Tree is a UK-based charity organization founded by Jane Kaye-Bailey in 2006, following a visit to Zambia, Africa where she learned about the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS on life of rural children. At one school in Mukuni Village, near the beautiful Victoria Falls, Jane learned that out of 1,000 elementary students, 450 were orphans. This was the trigger point for the founding of The Butterfly Tree and their wonderful work in Zambia. And… as they say, the rest is history. Learn how you can help via Donations or by Sponsoring an Orphan.
Mukuni Village lies just seven kilometers from the Victoria Falls World Heritage site in Zambia and is a popular tour for many travellers visiting the area. Since The Butterfly Tree was founded many of these toursits have visited our projects and have become philanthropic travellers, forming a lasting relationship with the people of Mukuni Village. Anyone can be a philanthropic traveller, it simply means giving something back to poor communities in the areas you are visiting; many are in exotic destinations where, just a few miles from a luxury resort, can be found some of the poorest people in the world. All it needs is just two hours added to an itinerary to experience a cultural way of life and learn more about the local communities in the country being visited. Read the comments below from visitors who became philanthropic travellers.
The Butterfly Tree has partnered with Exquisite Safaris to show visitors a true African way of life enabling them to see how these tribal people live from day to day. We are working with the tourist industry to reduce world poverty along with Eye for Travel and Just a Drop, who fund water and sanitation projects donated by the tourist industry. Several of our projects have been boosted thanks to the generosity of toursits who have been moved by the poverty, cheered by the friendliness of these gentle people and impressed by what the charity has achieved and how the community has benefitted and responded to our involvement.
One donor has totally funded The Butterfly Tree pre-school, including a new classroom, two teachers, a helper as well as books and stationary. In 2008 the donor paid for a sewing machine and materials so that the teachers can make uniforms to sell to the children. The proceeds are then used to buy the pre-schools needs, making it more sustainable. 200 young children attend three classes throughout the day.
Over fifty children on The Butterfly Tree orphan sponsorhip program are being supported by visitors to Mukuni and one group from the US has agreed to donate funds to build a bore hole. Others have sent donations towards classrooms, teacher’s and community houses and freighted volumes of books, stationary and clothing. Becoming a philanthropic traveller can be a heartfelt and rewarding experience and in some cases forming a lasting bond with these humble people.
The Butterfly Tree promotes Philanthropic Travel and has worked closely for the past three years with Exquisite Safaris, pioneers in luxury philanthropic travel. They give a percentage of their profits when clients visit projects such as ours at Mukuni Village, close to the Victoria Falls. We have a global following, particularly from the UK and USA and had feedback from several travellers saying that a visit to Mukuni was the highlight of their entire trip to Southern Africa.
Source: The Butterfly Tree