The non-profit organisation Butterfly Foundation onlus was created in 2002 by Claudio Maneri with the target to significantly change his life priorities after the loss of one daughter. The initial idea was to transform his pain of father, into love for people often forced to struggle for their own survival. The ‘Butterfly’ chosen as the symbol of this process of transformation, quickly took flight on a voyage of love, guided by invisible hands.
Some schools have been built in Nepal, Myanmar, Madagascar and Ethiopia: ‘Schools without Borders’ to give evidence to the value of education beyond ideological, territorial or religious barriers. A mission aiming at setting up primary and secondary schools in Countries where even a little help could mean a huge difference for many children, giving them the possibility to finally have a chance for a, too often denied, future. Over 25 schools have already been officially delivered to these kids at today’s date.
In some parts of the world, the opportunity to attend a school still remains a luxury, compared with the one to survive . Without water, life becomes really difficult and many people, living in third world Countries, are still obliged to struggle for their life due to the lack of water. In 2003, Butterfly Foundation began to drill water wells in Ethiopia. On January 2004, the foundation was registered as ‘non-profit organisation’.
At the date of August 2018, the foundation has already completed and officially opened over 250 water wells, mainly in Tigrai region, Ethiopia, enabling several thousand people to finally have access to clean water. The women, usually and traditionally in charge of providing water to their families, are the main beneficiaries of these interventions, together with their children exposed to health problems due to unclean water.
The third sector of intervention, an important Health Care Center, has been implemented in Mokonissa, south of the Country, in Wolayta Region . The same covers the needs of over 25.000 poor people living in the area and is mainly dedicated to pregnancy problems, deliveries and children care after delivery. A guest house has been built as well and is currently available to doctors willing to dedicate some of their time, on a volunteer basis, to train local staff.
To complete the overview of the Foundation’s activities, a program of long-distance support in countries where the foundation is present, see Ethiopia and Nepal, has been implemented since many years. Today 250 children are presently supported by the Butterfly Foundation.