New Workshop Machinery for Apters
Enlarge image (© German Embassy Lusaka) As part of the technical cooperation between Germany and Zambia, the German Embassy in Lusaka has financed workshop machinery for the non-governmental organization Apters (Appropiate Paper Technology).
Apters was established in 1990 by Kenneth Habaalu (Director) with the aim of producing mobility aids for children with disabilities. For the production of the equipment aid, Apters uses recycled boxes and office papers. The project makes special chairs with trays out of paper for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities out of paper mache.
The produced mobility aids are sold directily to the parents and guardians of the children. As the capacity to afford such items are extremely limited, very few parents can pay in full for the mobility aids but they are required to make a contribution according their ability, e.g. donating paper.
Furthermore, Apters offers economic and personal empowerment to people who are physically challenged by regular paid employment.
Apters employs eight members of staff and works with co-operating partners Enlarge image (© German Embassy Lusaka) to provide rehabilitation and to support children with disabilities. The NGO also works with the Cerebral Palsy Association of Zambia which provides guidance, counseling and encouragement to the parents of children with disabilities