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STEPPING STONES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Opened in 2016, Stepping Stones International Primary School is unique in Nkhata Bay and is based on a belief in the diverse talents of each child and we expect hard work, kindness, and excellence from them in return. Stepping Stones provides rigorous academic training, a high standard of education and culturally responsive programming […]

MALAWI SCHOOLS PERMACULTURE CLUBS (MSPC)

A really successful year with Mkondezi in 2015-16 led us to develop this programme for primary schools here in Nkhata Bay. I´d always felt that rather than working individually with one, or two schools, it would be ideal to offer the necessary materials for those teachers who were interested to learn and teach about them […]

NKHATA BAY RADIO INITIATIVE

We decided to start Nkhata Bay’s first radio station after an inspiring visit to Mzimba Community Radio in 2001. Since that time we started teaching the community about recording and broadcasting for radio, using the media room at Butterfly […]

UJE UMAMPHA/ HIV SUPPORT

The Uje Umampha! (Be Well!) programme provides vital support for people living with HIV. It has been running for a number of years and the purpose is to establish a peer support group, to give education and knowledge, counselling and where possible, some business opportunities […]

MPAMBA
CENTRE

Built in 2008, Mpamba is workshop space and centre for disabled adults around Nkhata Bay. Many people with physical disabilities are disenfranchised educationally in Malawi so we have built the centre to help educate and support these adults through learning new skills […]

BABY
BASKETS

This initiative has been running for 3 years and was founded by an English doctor who previously volunteered at the hospital. One of our graduated FAWNS groups learned how to weave Moses baskets for babies to sleep in, made form locally sourced cane […]

CLUB FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Butterfly aims to empower young people with disabilities to become as independent as possible, and to gain opportunities to participate meaningfully in their communities and family homes. For the last five years, I have organized a weekly group at Butterfly where young adults[…]

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 […]

PERMACULTURE SCHOOL GARDENS

Over the last 15 years we have introduced Permaculture principles to many schools in the Nkhata Bay District. Permaculture is a brilliant way to make the school a welcoming and homely environment for the children, and if the teachers commit to a weekly session out in the garden with the children then a lot can be achieved […]

NURSERY
SCHOOLS

The very first community project at Butterfly was the establishment of Gulugufe nursery school which is only 1km away from the lodge. It has been successfully running for 11 years now. Some of the first children attending have remained with us for their whole educational provision and will be graduating […]

SCHOOL LINKS & TEACHING

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 […]

YOUTH CLUB

The youth club here on site at Butterfly has been running for 11 years. The purpose built room has many resources such as toys, arts and crafts, a playground and small outdoor theatre space. It also has an area for a pool table but the pool table itself is in disrepair and in need of renovation as is areas of the outdoor play space […]

INFORMATION & COMPUTER CENTRE

After a huge fundraising effort which involved Josie and a friend cycling the entire length of Lake Malawi, the Information & Computer Centre opened its doors in 2009 on-site at Butterfly [..]

BUTTERFLY MEDIA CENTRE

Since it opened in April 2012, the media centre has become a creative dynamic space for the Nkhata Bay community. It consists of two rooms full of media equipment and information which is free to use for the local community […]

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 [..]

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 […]

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 […]

Prison Ministry Bible Studies

This project is directed to volunteers who are Christian as it is through the chaplain that the entrance is granted. Activities and music can be shared but it should be focused around bible studies […]

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