What does ZAP do?
ZAP Foundation works in one of the poorest regions in Zambia and is active in the field of education in the broadest sense. ZAP also focuses on health care. Its projects include:
  • Building schools and housing for teachers
  • Building mother waiting shelters and kitchens at various clinics
  • Building vegetable gardens and sports fields
  • Program to keep girls in school, to prevent early marriage

  • What has ZAP accomplished in the past years?
    Since the establishment of ZAP, more than 20,000 children have been given the opportunity to receive education in the Kaindu area.

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    How many people are employed by ZAP?
    ZAP employs 25 people. They are in charge of the construction of the schools and the teachers' accommodation. These men have been trained by ZAP to be professional builders. Obert who drives the ZAP truck is also employed.

    Why is teachers's accommodation being built next to the schools?
    If there is good accommodation for teachers available on the school grounds, the Government will provide qualified teachers for that school. These teachers are then paid by the Government. This assures both quality and continuity of the education provided.

    What are the prospects for children who complete their education?
    The certificate the children receive upon completion of their secondary education, allows them to attend higher training institutions in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. This can be either University or a Vocational college. Thus their future prospects are enormously enhanced by getting a secondary school certificate.

    What contribution does ZAP get from the Communities and the Governmentof Zambia?
    The Communities support ZAP's projects in whatever way they can. This can be by providing construction- and/or riversand, cutting stones or digging toilets.

    How does ZAP ensure the continuity of 'its' schools?
    After construction of the schools is finished, they are then handed over to the Government. The Ministry of Education, the teachers and the parents are jointly responsible for the upkeep of the schools and the teachers' houses.
    The land on which the schools have been built, has been donated by the Chief and cannot be claimed by anyone else.

    Are there no better ways to help poor Zambian tribespeople?
    There are many ways to help these people but ZAP firmly believes that education is the basis for a better life. Education offers these children, who might otherwise not even be able to attend a proper school, a chance of a better future.

    Can I follow the progress of ZAP's projects during the course of the year?
    ZAP can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And several times a year we publish a Newsletter.

    How much time does Josien Dudok van Heel spend in Zambia?
    Josien lives in Zambia for eight to nine months per year and is fully in charge of the various projects, including the purchasing and transportation of all the construction materials. She also maintains contacts with the various Government departments, the Chief of the area and the local 'headmen'. In short her involvement is very much hands-on.

    Does Josien Dudok van Heel earn a salary for her work for ZAP?
    Josien does not get a salary. Her travel expenses to and from Zambia are paid for by ZAP. All other income goes directly to ZAP. Nor are the Boardmembers in the Netherlands being paid for their input.

    Does ZAP try to prevent the custom of marrying off (school)girls at a very young age?
    In 2015 ZAP started a project aimed at keeping young girls in school so they would not be married off by their parents, cutting short their education.
    Meetings with the parents have been organised to explain to them how important it is for girls as well to let them complete an education and thus having better chances in their future life. The girls are also supported by issuing pens, notebooks, raincoats, backpacks, school shoes, etc..
    Community teachers are committed to giving the girls extra help with their homework or extra lessons where needed. Thus everything is being done to keep them at school.

    What does ZAP do with requests for help from the local communities?
    ZAP receives a lot of requests for assistance from the various local communities. These requests will be discussed at a meeting with the Community and the local 'Head'men.
    Point of discussion will be what ZAP can do for the Community but also, very importantly, what the local Community can do for ZAP.
    Subsequently, the projects will be discussed with the Chief and the Ministry of Education. This is very important because it can then be ascertained what the Government's contribution to the project would be and whether there are possibly already existing plans to do something in that Community. Only then is the project presented to ZAP's Board which must then decide whether ZAP can contribute to the project and whether it is financially feasible.

    I would like to donate money to ZAP, but how do I go about that?
    Each and every donation to ZAP is more than welcome! Just transfer the amount of your donation into the bank account of ZAP-Foundation: NL75ABNA0471670634
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    Are donations to ZAP tax deductible?
    Donations to ZAP are fully tax deductible!
    ZAP has the Dutch ANBI status which means that all donations can be deducted from both income and corporate taxation. You can support ZAP by one-off or periodical donations. Whichever form you choose, every donation is tax-deductible.

    Can I also give a donation to ZAP in kind?
    It is difficult to donate stuff to ZAP. Transport to Zambia is complicated and costly.
    ZAP tries to source everything locally. School uniforms for example are made in Mumbwa, giving work to 5 seamstresses. Utensils for the vegetable gardens, such as spades, rakes etc. have all been bought locally.

    Where can I find ZAP's annual report?
    Here you can find the ANNUAL REPORT >>

    Can my Company get an invoice for a donation?
    ZAP can provide an invoice without any problem.