Butterfly Trust

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Partnering with the people of Vanuatu in education and health to explore, build and sustain a future of their own choosing.

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The Butterfly Trust works with less privileged communities, primarily in Vanuatu. It focuses on health and education. Its education programmes are both academic and vocational.

The Trust works closely with the Vanuatu Ministries of Health and Education and other organisations to ensure duplication of resources and programmes is minimised.

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 less-privileged communities as possible.

Please visit our website at www.butterflytrust.org 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.

Specific projects include:

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

• "HELP GIVE A VILLAGE A FUTURE" - A secondary school academic and hardship scholarship scheme for students from the Maskelyne Islands, southeast Malekula, Vanuatu.

• 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, community building courses.

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

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

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

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

• Disaster relief and recovery work, in particular 'Build Back Safer' building education integrated with reconstruction and repair of cyclone ravaged buildings.

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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Latest update

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Butterfly Trust in Vanuatu ~ 2017/2018   15 October 2018

Volcanic activity on the island of Ambae this year has caused the Vanuatu government to declare a state of emergency. The first evacuation of Ambae residents occurred in September 2017. Since then, continuous volcanic activity has resulted in the permanent relocation of the entire population of approximately 10,000.

Living on the verge of potentially catastrophic, geological events for generations has endowed the people of Vanuatu with an innate resilience and an enduring capacity to balance uncertainty with routine. For the displaced people of Ambae, water, sanitation and hygiene needs remain high on the list of priorities. If anything, communities are more vulnerable to disease due to overcrowding, inadequate toilets, and poor sanitation practices.

Read more in the latest update via the following link to our website.


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Latest donations

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 25 Sep 2019


    For Pikinini Playtime


    • Butterfly Trust

      Very gratefully received - thank you so much, tankyu tumas for your support and generosity!

  • Sarah Mandeno

    Sarah Mandeno on 19 Feb 2019


    For the Pikinini Playtime programme. Sounds like my kind of fun. Please post more photos. Thank you for all that you do David and Lynn. Sarah


  • Jillian Hilliard

    Jillian Hilliard on 21 Nov 2018


    For the beautiful people of Vanuatu.


  • Tracey Dixon

    Tracey Dixon on 16 Oct 2018


    Thanks for all the work you do.


    • Butterfly Trust

      Hi Tracey Thank you very much for your support. Kind regards Dave and Lynn

  • Susan Scott and Craig Thomas

    Susan Scott and Craig Thomas on 15 Oct 2018


    Glad to see the Butterfly is still flying. With aloha from Hawaii and Bangladesh.


    • Butterfly Trust

      Hi Susan and Craig Thank you for your continuing support of the Butterfly Trust. Kind regards Dave and Lynn

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