Help buying a vehicle for APTERS, an amazing NGO supporting children with disabilities in Zambia!


The project



The story takes place in Zambia, Africa, where APTERS (Appropriate Paper Technology), an amazing team of people with disabilities works long hours to build mobility aids out of cardboard to help children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, birth injuries or polio... The mobility aid devices are custom-made for every single child as a support for their treatment and rehabilitation.


On average, APTERS changes the lives of over 380 children per year by providing them with affordable mobility aids.


Click here to see APTERS Facebook page


What we do not realize is the challenges this team is going through everyday as disabled people to keep this beautiful project alive.


Just as a basic example: The transport to and from work.


Before reaching work everyday Kenneth, Darius and the others spend over 2 hours in public transport, holding onto their crutches while waiting for the bus and hoping to find a seat in the front (by the driver) to have enough space for their artificial legs and crutches.  

The walk from and to the bus stop on uneven ground is also long and tiring, especially during the rainy season when they get soaked and often slip and fall.


The team also struggles to deliver the mobility aids to the families' homes and to transport the art&craft they make to generate income to their retailing places (such as markets).


My project


My project is to raise sufficient funds to import a second hand minivan from Japan for APTERS before the next rainy season (November 2015).


I want to buy a second hand vehicle, preferably imported directly from Japan as vehicles found in Zambia are very often badly maintained and in poor condition.


It will be Kenneth, the project manager who has one good leg who will be driving, so the minivan needs to be automatic.


In parallel with this project, I am discussing with fuel providers and car maintenance professionals so they can help in alleviating the operating costs of the car.


It is difficult to determine the exact amount to be raised as second hand vehicle prices vary constantly. So we will only know the exact cost of the vehicle once we actually purchase it. However, I estimate the price to be around 8 000 to 9 000 EUR.


As an example:  the importation of a Toyota Hiace from 2003 with 100 000 km would cost today :


Purchase price (in Japan):                                           5130 EUR


Shipping  to Dar Es Salaam port :                              1260 EUR

                   to Lusaka (by road)     :                               1620 EUR



Taxes: APTERS is exempted as they are registered as an Association of people with disabilities.


Total price:                                                                      8010 EUR



The reason I have set the project amount to 6750 EUR is to give us a better chance of success for this fundraising. Indeed, if the target is not met or exceeded before 60 days, the project is cancelled and the donors refunded.


I think that 6750 EUR is an easier target to achieve and great amount to secure towards the purchase the minivan. 


Realistically we want to reach 8 000 to 9 000 EUR ; so please do not hesitate to go bananas and exceed the target!!


If your generosity goes beyond expectations and we raise more money than needed, this is awesome!

It will allow us to:


                    1. Get a better quality minivan 


                    2. Adapt the minivan to the needs of APTERS: i.e: install a roof rack to carry big loads or big                              quantities of donated cardboard.





Why fund it?

With your support we can make a big difference!


The minivan would be a big relief for the team by making them autonomous and not rely on outside assistance for tasks such as:


- Collection of materials such as cardboard in big quantities, glue, donations etc.


- Delivery of mobility aids into the compounds (as some families cannot afford the transport to come and collect them)


-Transport of their cardboard creations to various markets to be sold (a way to financially support the project)


- Go to different compounds to meet with children needing mobility aids and take their measurements.



This means the team would be more efficient and would be able to assist many more disabled children in Lusaka and Zambia in general! This could literally change thousands of lives!


At last, with their own minivan, APTERS' team would never have to worry again about getting home after a long day at work! 


APTERS staff have had this dream of having their own vehicle for many years but without outside support, they just cannot afford it. 


Together, we can make this dream come true!










Hello, my name is Nicolas Bourgault. Originally from Mauritius, I have been working as an airplane pilot in Zambia for the past 7 years. For the past couple of years, I have been helping the NGO APTERS on my free time. I assist them in making furniture out of recycled cardboard - a means to financially sustain their work with disabled children. It is an... See more

Newest comments

Great work. Thank you for all your work with these children. When I visited Apters last fall, I was amazed at the way the projects were being built. My hope is to return and work with my daughter Sara Ash who helps you there with the kids. Carla Smith
Bon courage pour ce beau projet.
Longue et belle vie à ce projet, on suit l'affaire de très près !!! bravo Nicolas