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NEW BEDS FOR OLD HEADS

A local friend called Amos sat down with Alice one day and suggested this project to help the older community in Nkhata Bay. After a day’s work, everybody deserves to be comfortable when they sleep, and after a life time of working, people definitely deserve this. Having a comfortable bed to sleep on […]

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PERMACULTURE SCHOOL GARDENS

Over the last 8 years we have introduced Permaculture principles to several schools in the district, and two we have linked with ReScope a regional Permaculture training initiative. Permaculture is a brilliant way to make the school a welcoming and homely environment for the children, and if the teachers […]

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NURSERY
SCHOOLS

Teaching children is one of the most popular ways of contributing to the community here in Malawi. The idea of teaching is very rewarding, and to think you are making a difference to a child’s future is incredibly inviting. Alice and Josie have always had a passion for teaching children, whether […]

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LITTLE LEAPERS PRIMARY SCHOOL

Founded by Alice, Little Leaper’s is a primary school which is built on site here at Butterfly. The ten children between the ages of four to seven are taught Standard 2 and the school runs from Monday to Friday between the hours of 7:30am-12pm. The children all live in Nkhata Bay and it is a non profit […]

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SCHOOL LINKS & TEACHING

[break] Josie & Alice have always had a strong link with Chikale Primary School. In the past six years, they have built two classrooms and a school block for the school which have been funded by many fundraising efforts including a school fate which went down really well. Alice feels so strongly about the children […]

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BUTTERFLY
YOUTH CLUB

Built on site here at Butterfly, The Youth Club was opened in June 2010. As an out of school club, boys and girls of all ages meet here on a daily basis which provides a safe, fun educational environment. It has become a lively part of Butterfly Space and many activities are organised daily. Each day we offer different […]

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INFORMATION & INTERNET CENTRE

After a huge fundraising effort which involved Josie and a friend cycling the entire length of Lake Malawi, the Information & Internet Centre opened its doors in 2009 on site at Butterfly. Josie had raised over one million Kwacha and after a renovation effort, it turned a dormitory into an inspiring place for the community [..]

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BUTTERFLY MEDIA CENTRE

Sinced it opened in April 2012, this creative dynamic space holds two rooms full of lots of useful information that can benefit the community through media including a recording room and a larger room stocked with a projector, radio and computers. The recording room is full of the latest […]

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NKHATA BAY RADIO INITIATIVE

We decided to start Nkhata Bay’s first radio station after an inspiring visit to Mzimba Community Radio in 2001.We have since been teaching the community about recording and broadcasting for radio. The long-term aim is that the community here in Nkhata Bay will be able to set up their own Tonga […]

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BUTTERFLY DISABLED GROUP

Originally Alice was told about a local lady looking after her son and a few of his disabled friends every day. When the lady started to get older, she couldn’t look after her son’s friends anymore and one day someone informed Alice of her circumstances. Alice decided to look after the disabled guys once a […]

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VOCATIONAL
TRAINING

[break] Set up by Alice, this is a new project for physically disabled adults, who differ in ability from deafness to paralysis. The group consists of around forty adults who are all eager to make a difference to their lives. The centre is based just outside of Nkhata Bay in the town of Mpamba and […]

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FAAWN
HIV GROUP

FAAWN (Fighting Against Aids With Nutrition) is an inspiring group of twenty HIV positive individuals who meet every week at Butterfly to complete a course in one year. It all started when a HIV Positive local lady came to Butterfly to ask Alice if there was any way she could help her. At […]

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WOMEN’S
GROUPS

There are many and varied women’s groups which use Butterfly Space, both for lessons and information and also as a place to sell their produce. It is an excellent all encompassing idea that consistently brings the community together in a pro-active way. There are numerous different groups throughout Nkhata Bay doing a variety of things, some independently and some linked to Butterfly[..]

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BICYCLE
WATER PUMP

This project started back in 2013 and is based on a six year partnership between Butterfly and Engineers Without Borders Sheffield. In the first year two EWB-Sheffield volunteers came to Butterfly and built the first prototype of a pedal-powered water pump. The design is based on a successful design used by Maya Pedal -in Guatemala. The basic idea is to use a broken electric water pump and[…]

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ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATIONS

It goes without saying that Josie has a passion for the environment. Having spent time at The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, she became interested in environmental topics and more importantly the need to live and demonstrate these techniques. Linked to The Information Centre at Butterfly she felt it could become a brilliant demonstrational place, where techniques[..]

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