Our Projects


Alice and Josie, the founders of Butterfly Space Lodge & projects, became friends through their love for the extraordinary country that is Malawi. Alice had a passion for youth and art projects and with Josie’s ideas for information and gardening related projects, they had a common desire to incorporate these ideas into a community space that opened up opportunities to many.

They realised that Butterfly would make a perfect setting to bring volunteers and the community together, and they bought the lodge not long after in May 2007. Years on, the team remain passionate and the projects continue to grow.

On-site, there is a lively youth club, gym, information and resource centre, media room & recording studio, all of which are open to the community free of charge. The lodge is also used as a hub to run training sessions and show environmental demonstrations to both the community and school groups. Projects off-site include Malawi Permaculture School Clubs (MSPC), a thriving international primary school called Stepping Stones, Mphamba & Pundu disability skill-sharing centre’s, HIV support groups and more. 

Getting involved in volunteering is free of charge; volunteers only pay for the services they use while staying at Butterfly Space non-profit lodge which helps to financially support our projects. 

 See the projects below for more info on each project, and see how you can get involved…

Stepping Stones International Primary School

We believe in the unique talents of every child while expecting hard work, kindness, and excellence in return. We support both fee paying and non-fee paying students to create fairer opportunities.

Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs (MSPC)

MSPC empowers primary school teachers in rural areas to run after-school permaculture clubs. Each student works on a permaculture plot and collectively they implement a school design.

Butterfly Information Centre

A multimedia library providing information on health, nutrition, environment and business, along with offering IT lessons, and providing access to a range of offline open source resources using Raspberry Pi.

UJE Umampha / HIV Support

Uje Umampha! (Be Well!) is a comprehensive programme in which volunteers help to provide vital support for people living with HIV, including education, knowledge, business opportunities and counseling.

Women's Groups

There have been a variety of women’s groups run by volunteers with skills they want to share. Butterfly creates a space for the women to learn, advertise and sell with support.

Butterfly Media Centre

A creative & dynamic space for Nkhata Bay's community which is full of media equipment & info, offering workshops & software to record & develop video & audio editing skills.

Disability Centres

Workshop and skill sharing centres that provide opportunities, support and education for disabled adults around Nkhata Bay. A nursery school is also run by the members!

Baby Baskets for new Mums

Regularly delivering a hamper of various necessities to new mums, meanwhile supporting Uje Umpampha (HIV) graduates, who weave the moses baskets to generate income.

School Links & Teaching

Establishing links to support local schools and children in the area by connecting them to schools around the world, fundraising to build new buildings and supporting sponsorships for school fees.

Butterfly Youth Club

Located on-site at Butterfly and run by dedicated local youth leaders, we provide resources such as games, toys, arts, crafts, a playground and a small outdoor theater space for kids to express themselves.

Nursery Schools

A total of 5 nursery schools have been built for the community around Nkhata Bay District following various fundraising efforts. Through ongoing efforts they continue to be supported by Butterfly Space today.

Kandoli FM -
Nkhata Bay Radio Initiative

One of Nkhata Bay's first radio stations with a fully equipped studio. We have run many workshops to teach the community about journalism, recording, and broadcasting and prep for live radio!

Permaculture School Gardens

An initiative to
introduce and implement permaculture principles to schools in the Nkhata Bay District, while linking them with other organizations such as Scope and Africa Direct. We offer training materials and on-going support.

Environmental Demonstrations

Providing a platform for volunteers to support and implement a variety of environmental demonstrations which can be taught to the wider community, and provide information about various topics and techniques.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of our projects, please take a look at out Volunteering Page. At Butterfly Space, we welcome people with all types of skill sets, and welcome volunteers and interns from all over the world!