Give a Kid a Chance

$2,346 donated
Given by 13 generous donors in over a year

Give a Kid a Chance provides sponsorships for children with disabilities to attend school in Vanuatu.


Too many children in Vanuatu are denied the opportunity to go to school because they are mentally or physically disabled. There are many reasons for this, including parental attitudes to education, the cost of schooling, overcrowded schools with inadequate facilities and resources, and rejection by schools and teachers.

Pikinini Playtime, a school in Port-Vila, has been accepting children with disabilities who have been rejected from other schools, or cannot afford to attend. Pikinini Playtime partners with the Vanuatu Society for Disabled People (VSDP) to provide places for these children with the help of some generous sponsors.

Give a Kid a Chance has been created as an independent fund that can generate more sponsorships for these children to attend Pikinini Playtime, or any school willing to take them. The fund is administered by the Butterfly Trust, who will partner with schools and kindergartens across Vanuatu that are willing to educate children with disabilities.

By donating to Give a Kid a Chance you can help these beautiful, bright kids to attend school every day and have the chance to reach their full potential. The sponsorships created by the fund are to cover everything the child needs to attend school. This includes school fees, school uniforms, morning tea and lunch, school supplies, special needs equipment and transport to and from school.

*100% of all donations raised for sponsoring children with disabilities go to directly to school fees and other related costs. No deductions are made for administrative costs.




The Butterfly Trust is a New Zealand registered charity that works with village communities in the outer islands of Vanuatu. Since 2010, it has established a number of community development projects in education and health.

The Trust's main objective is sustainable community development through individual empowerment and by strengthening local capacity, structures and systems.

Specific projects include:

• Facilitating kindergarten teacher training for remote and outer island kindergartens.

• "HELP GIVE A VILLAGE A FUTURE" - A secondary school fee subsidy scheme for students from the Maskelyne Islands, southeast Malekula.

• Providing materials and resources for the development of schools, kindergartens and health facilities eg. solar power equipment, building materials, tools, dental equipment, educational resources.

• Vocational training skills eg. basic electrical and maintenance of solar power equipment.

• Facilitating medical and dental volunteers to support and complement services at outer island health facilities, integrating clinical, preventative and training components.

• Setting up a permanent dental clinic at Lamap Health Centre, south Malekula in partnership with the Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

• Partnering with local ni-Van oral health awareness group - Vanuatu Oral Health Awareness or VOHA to promote oral health and hygiene in schools and communities.

• Strengthening village community health education on the islands of Tongoa, Ambae and Malekula.

• Administering Give a Kid a Chance, providing sponsorships for children with disabilities to attend school in Vanuatu.

To learn more about the Butterfly Trust:


Trust-Newsletter-2014.pdf (2014 ACTIVITIES)

* Visit

* Contact Trustees David and Lynn Colbert

About us

Butterfly Trust operates in Vanuatu in Education and Health. It partners with local communities, national and provincial authorities and other NGOs. The Trust believes in sharing resources, ideas and spirit for a more equal and harmonious world community.

Read more

Latest donations

Rebecca Dunne
Rebecca Dunne on 25 Dec 2016
This donation is a Christmas gift for my nephew. He spent time volunteering with children in Vanuatu and loved it :)
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 02 Sep 2015
NRC on 02 Apr 2015
Keep up the good work!
Butterfly Trust

Thank you very much everyone for your generosity and for helping to make a difference in the children's lives. We are very grateful.

Butterfly Trust
James on 01 Apr 2015
Just a little donation, I know how much every cent counts. Good luck getting back on your feet.
Mortgage Ezy
Mortgage Ezy on 25 Mar 2015
The Team at Mortgage Ezy think this is a great cause and hope our contribution inspires many others to donate too!

Who's involved?

Butterfly Trust's avatar
Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Butterfly Trust (Charity)
Registered Charity
A Registered Charity has legal recognition under the Charities Act 2005.
Tax credit
Donations of over $5 are eligible for a New Zealand charitable giving tax credit.
Page Moderated
The page has been checked by our team to make sure it complies with our terms and conditions.


Our other pages

Any concerns?

Report this page
This campaign started on 9 Mar 2015 and ended on 3 Mar 2017.