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The next stop after your Botswana safari is the majestic World Wonder, Victoria Falls. Nearby to the Falls is Mukuni Village. The local people are called the Leya.

For centuries, the Leya have lived a peaceful tribal life. Like much of Southern Africa, however, their village has been decimated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  Also like much of Southern Africa, the soil is relatively infertile. The Leya cannot rely on agriculture.

With two thirds of the people living on less than $1 a day, and 1 in every 6 adults living with HIV, a community is going to have serious problems.

There are many ways you can help the warm and friendly Leya people. Support for orphans and mothers is a critical need. When the mother is the surviving parent, she is often left with no income.

There are many, many orphans. Families are often extended to accommodate the numerous orphans of AIDS. It is heartbreaking for the parents to have to cope with so much illness and with no money to send their children for treatment when they become ill.

Mukuni Village relies on tourism and is an interesting cultural excursion. You will be warmly received by your hosts (our nonprofit friends). See your gift in action.

Great items to bring ~
  • Educational games and puzzles
  • Storybooks books for kids
  • Babies’ and kids’ clothing
  • Art supplies
  • Memory sticks
  • Laptops–new or used
  • Solar calculators

“Do Good While Getting Away.”

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$60 Let’s Play Ball

$60 Let’s Play Ball

The boys dream of becoming famous soccer players and the girls love netball.The kids want a real ball to play with—it is so much better than a ball made out of plastic bags and string! Your donation will buy five balls.

This gift is sure to put a smile on kids’ faces

$100 Food After the Long Walk

$100 Food After the Long Walk

Children from remote villages walk over ten miles each way to school, departing at 4am and returning home at 7pm, on only one meal a day. Consider supporting the local feeding program in Mukuni village, which feeds 500 students a nutritious daily meal. Or help support the “Under Fives Feeding Program” that feeds undernourished infants, and replaces breastfeeding for mothers who are infected with HIV.

When you visit, see the kids enjoying the nutritious meal you helped to provide.

This gift is sure to put a smile on kids’ faces.

$120 Have Bike, Will Travel

$120 Have Bike, Will Travel

African families believe that without education, there is little hope for improving their lives. In remote villages, many kids leave their homes as early as 4am to reach school on time. For a student who lives over ten miles away from school, a bicycle is an especially welcomed gift!

When you come, visit the child and see them the bike you provided.

$150 Hope for an Orphan

$150 Hope for an Orphan

In a country where one of every six adults is living with AIDS, any child born into this situation is going to have serious problems. Each year the list of orphans who need help grows, and it is heartbreaking.

Of the 700 orphans in the Mukuni Chiefdom schools, 300 are currently being sponsored. The sponsored orphans are among the most critical cases.

Your donation includes school and exam fees for one year, books, uniforms, shoes and a school bag. When you come, we will meet the child and hear about his or her life. We will also learn about the orphan sponsorship program while enjoying coffee or tea and a traditional snack.

$200 Mosquito Net Survival

$200 Mosquito Net Survival

Consider buying 25 insecticide-treated mosquito nets for pregnant women, kids, victims of AIDS, or others with relatively weak immune systems.

Malaria is the biggest killer of mankind, especially in Africa. Seventy five percent of people who die from malaria live in sub-Sahara Africa and are children under five. Your gift may truly save a life.

$220 A Wheelchair for Freedom

$220 A Wheelchair for Freedom

In Zambia, if you are disabled and not able to walk, it is a rare occasion that you would be leaving your home.

If you are fortunate, you would have access to a broken wheelchair, and your family members will wheel you around. If you are less fortunate, you will be carried in the arms of an adult, or sibling, if you are small.

Please consider giving the gift of mobility and freedom for a person unable to walk. On your visit, we will meet the grateful recipient of your gift, and enjoy a beverage and snacks, if you wish.

$300 Help Deliver a Baby

$300 Help Deliver a Baby

Recently The Butterfly Tree charity successfully raised the funds for a maternity clinic in Mukuni. Now the women in the Mukuni Chiefdom have a safe place to have their babies. Consider helping to keep the clinic equipped with supplies.

At the clinic, all pregnant women will be tested for HIV and will receive education on how to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

When you come, we will visit the clinic. We will learn about the child-bearing experience for Leya women, and perhaps share some stories over tea and snacks.

$400 No More Fearing Elephants

$400 No More Fearing Elephants

The charity we work with near Victoria Falls recently received generous donations, and so decided to upgrade the remote Kamwi grade school. When this school was closed, the kids had to walk a very long way to the school in Mukuni Village. They had to cross elephant paths along the way, and many of the kids were so afraid of the elephants, they ran the whole way to school arriving too tired to do their lessons.

Consider helping to keep the remote Kamwi school open. $400 will provide substantial amounts of stationary, exercise books, pens, chalk, and other supplies. When you come, we will visit the remote Kamwi school, see the elephant paths, meet the kids, and see your school supplies going to good use.

$500 Help a Widow Go into Business

$500 Help a Widow Go into Business

Many women are left with several children to support and have no way of earning a living. Several projects are being funded by the local charity we work with near Victoria Falls that aim to provide widows with a sustainable income.

Consider helping a widow earn an income for the very first time. It may be a new sewing business, so she can make and sell clothing and school uniforms. Or it may be a chicken rearing operation, or a jewelry business.

When you come, meet the widow you helped if you wish. Offer some relevant business advise if you can, and hear some stories about her life and the progress of her business over tea and a traditional treat.

$700 Home Sweet Home

$700 Home Sweet Home

Many of the elderly do not have adequate housing partly due to having lost their kids to AIDS, and now there is no one to help them secure a decent home.

The home you would provide is a respectable mud hut with a concrete floor. When you come, we will see the home you helped to build and meet the grateful inhabitants, while enjoying their stories over tea and a traditional treat. This is truly a wonderful gift.

$1,200 Better Lives through Toilets

$1,200 Better Lives through Toilets

Lack of sanitation in the rural communities causes a number of health problems. Consider giving a pit latrine to a family or school. This may not be the most romantic gift, but it will surely help to improve the health of the local Leya people.

On your visit, we will visit the community and the latrine you generously donated. Enjoy a ‘thank you’ celebration in your honor, with beverages, music and favorite local foods!

$5,000 Feed 500 Orphans

$5,000 Feed 500 Orphans

The Mukuni Feeding Program provides a nutritious meal once a day for 500 orphans. Consider the generous gift of feeding 500 orphans for one year! Many of these children are undernourished infants.

When you visit, you will be the honored guest at a celebration where the local Leya people will show their gratitude with dancing, music, and delicious food. It will be a time to always remember.

$7,000 The Priceless Gift of Clean Water

$7,000 The Priceless Gift of Clean Water

The Butterfly Tree charity has been doing a tremendous job putting in water wells in the poorer Mukuni Chiefdom communities. So far, they have put in four wells operated by an Indian hand pump. They supply sustainable, clean drinking water for 100 to 1000 people. Two more are on the way, thanks to personal donations.

Consider giving the priceless gift of clean water. When you visit, you will be the guest of honor at a celebration where the Leya locals will show their gratitude with dancing, music, and delicious food. This is a truly wonderful gift.

$10,000 Build A Classroom Block

$10,000 Build A Classroom Block

Some of the schools in the Mukuni Chiefdom are so overcrowded, four students will share the same desk.

The Leya people see education as the key to a good and prosperous life. Providing the funds for the materials and labor to build more classrooms is an extremely generous and valued gift.

When you visit, the local Leya people will show their appreciation with dances, music, and their favorite foods. You will be the honored guest at this grand celebration!

$10,000 Teachers’ Comfort Spells Quality Education

$10,000 Teachers’ Comfort Spells Quality Education

Although teachers’ salaries are provided by the government, the accommodation for teachers in rural areas can be appalling and totally inadequate.

Consider building a teacher’s house. Providing a decent home for a teacher is an incentive for the teacher to remain in the community, and invest more quality time with the students over years. A teacher’s house may not be the most glamorous gift, but its benefits could be immeasurable as a teacher and student forge a more solid, quality relationship.

See the teacher’s house either completed or under construction when you come. The Leya locals will throw a party with dancing, music, and their favorite foods to express their appreciation. You will be a highly honored guest.

$25,000 Build a School Far, Far Away

$25,000 Build a School Far, Far Away

Have an education, get a job. Have more education, get a better job, and also security for one’s family. As in much of the developing world, this is the mantra for Africa.

Building a school in a remote area is a tremendous gift. See the school either completed or under construction when you come. The local Leya people will throw a party with dancing, music, and their favorite foods to show you their heart-felt gratitude. You will be the honored guest at this grand celebration!