Butterfly Trust

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Covid-19 has now extended its reach inside Vanuatu. Support for frontline workers is crucial, as is ongoing hygiene promotion efforts.


Covid-19 has now, unfortunately, extended its reach inside Vanuatu with community transmission on at least two of the largest islands.

Funds are urgently needed to support crucial mobilisation efforts. There are gaps in funding, especially for operations in remote areas. We will also be maintaining vital support for hygiene promotion as part of the Covid-19 response. This includes facilitating upgrades and construction of handwashing facilities and VIP toilets.

We work in partnership with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Ministry of Health.

Reaching out to people in the provinces of Vanuatu is extremely tough, especially those living in hard-to-reach areas. We are assisting public health teams and frontline workers as they urgently conduct surveillance, contact-tracing and continue with the vaccination roll-out in the provinces. Additional community quarantine and isolation centres are currently being set up.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, we are continuing the Trust's closely related work in health, sanitation and health education.

We are emphasising Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, to link multiple objectives around Covid-19 Preparedness, Community Development, Cyclone Recovery, Environmental Health and Climate Change Adaptation.

Read our latest update for further detail.

In more 'normal' times, the Butterfly Trust works with less materially privileged communities, primarily in Vanuatu. It focuses on health and education.

The Trust works closely with the Vanuatu Ministries of Health and Education & Training, and other organisations to ensure duplication of resources and programmes is minimised. The Trust has Memoranda of Understanding with both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education & Training.

All donations to the Trust are used 100% for programme work. There are no deductions for administrative costs from donations.

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY so we can support as many local communities as possible.

Please visit our website at www.butterflytrust.org, or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebutterflytrust/ for more information, or for a thumbnail sketch of our work, read below.

More on the Butterfly Trust:

Since 2010, Butterfly Trust has established community development projects in education and health to assist remote communities in Vanuatu.

The Butterfly Trust is a New Zealand registered charity that works with village and urban communities.

The Trust's main objective is sustainable community development through individual empowerment and the strengthening of local structures and systems.

Contact Trustees David and Lynn Colbert

email: david.lynn@butterflytrust.org

More 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.

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Butterfly Trust Update March 2022  19 March 2022

For almost two years, Vanuatu has remained virtually Covid-free but for a small number of incursions at the border. Now, unfortunately, community transmission has reached at least two of the six provinces.

Butterfly Trust is working in partnership with Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector to support the Covid-19 response. We are gathering support for the country’s frontline workers as they reach out to people in both urban centres and remote, outlying islands. We are also continuing with our assistance towards hygiene improvements in communities, particularly sanitation and handwashing facilities.

We are very grateful for your support. In 2021, the primary focus has been on improving sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion.

You can read our latest newsletter by following this link to our website:


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Pihours on 08 Jun 2022
Bonjour Dave et Lyne, On espère vous voir au Vanuatu cette année. Bises Marie-Claude et Bernard
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Merci beaucoup Marie-Claude et Bernard. Vous etes tres gentil! Ce sera genial de vous voir. Bises a vous deux ausssi. Dave et Lynn

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albert on 22 Mar 2022
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Thanks so much Albert. Having supporters like you behind the Trust makes its job a lot easier. We are very grateful.

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Craig Thomas and Susan Scott
Craig Thomas and Susan Scott on 21 Mar 2022
Thinking of you with aloha, Susan and Craig
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Aloha Craig and Susan. Thank you so much. You two are both so inspiring in your own work we really appreciate your ongoing support.

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Tracey on 21 Mar 2022
Thank you for all your good work.
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Hi Tracey. You are amazing. You always answer the call of those in need. Thank you!

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Guest Donor on 20 Mar 2022
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Thanks so much for your generous support. It is inspiring to know that there are still so many good people in the world!

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