Welcome

The aim of ZAP is to deliver ‘hands on’ sustainable aid to a rural area in Zanzibar where the people live barely above subsistence level, and are in desperate need of an opportunity to improve their lives. ZAP is committed to:

Established in 2004 as a UK charity (Reg No 1108030), ZAP fulfils its targets through direct co-operation with the local people. ZAP makes a promise to its supporters to keep administration costs to a minimum, ensuring that over 80% of charitable funds raised reach their destination.

2nd December 2014

Highlights from Janet's recent visit to Jambiani included inspecting progress at the new nursery school, congratulating successful students, and meeting the ZAP teachers at the village Primary School ...


August 2014

We were sorry to hear of the death of Douglas Perrin in August. Douglas was a volunteer English teacher for ZAP following his retirement, and he is still fondly remembered in Jambiani ...


August 2014

Education has always been at the forefront of ZAP's activities, and we bring you further news here of our activities at all levels, from nursery and primary schools right through to form VI and university level. Read on to find out more ...


June 2014

The two ZAP-sponsored teachers have now been in place for several months, and we report on the success of this new initiative as well as other support that we have been able to give to education in the village ...


January 2014

The latest news from Jambiani is now online in our newsletter. Concentrating our resources on education is really paying off - read all about our success stories as well as reports from the recent field trip ...


October 2013

Two new well-qualified Zanzibari teachers (English and Maths) have now been employed by ZAP to work in Jambiani Primary School. Read how ZAP's new initiative is set to make all the difference to the standard of education for our village children ...


July 2013

Taking advantage of absolutely all her baggage allowance, Janet crammed as much as possible into her suitcases for her field trip to Zanzibar in March 2013. Read on to get the full picture ...


May 2013

We have now equipped the fully-trained carpenters with tools and a workshop - in the ZAP lockup - and are delighted that they have started on their first order. They are building desks for the primary school, a double benefit for the village ...


February 2013

Joe and Mary Braitch's fourth visit to Jambiani was another exciting trip, making excellent progress with their own projects and catching up with ZAP's work ...


November 2012

The ZAP directors were extremely humbled to learn that one of our supporters, having already been incredibly generous to the people of Jambiani, has left a legacy which will last for many years ...


November 2012

We are sorry to report that, due to a technical hitch, contact forms and emails through the website have not been getting through. If you have tried to contact us recently and not had a reply, please do write again.


November 2012

The Autumn 2012 newsletter is now available to read online, or download and print. Read all the news from our projects in Jambiani and an important message from the ZAP directors ....


August 2012

ZAP administrator Janet and husband Graham had a hectic trip to Jambiani in July, co-ordinating the Headington visit and checking up on ZAP projects. It was extremely rewarding to see progress in the Boarding House, and to witness the excitement as new swings arrived at the Nursery Schools ...


August 2012

July 2012 saw the third visit to Jambiani of a group of schoolgirls from Headington School, Oxford. Instead of the usual visit to Mnazi Moja hospital in Stone Town, ZAP arranged for them to visit the cottage hospital in nearby Makunduchi, and the contrast was immediately apparent...


March 2012

Travel writer Mark Palmer recently visited Zanzibar, and ZAP was delighted to receive a mention in his article in the Daily Mail. Staying in Jambiani, he actually had a car problem sorted out at the JFW Autoworks! Read more about his trip to this extraordinary island...


March 2012

The new dentist's room at Jambiani Clinic is now fully equipped and open for business, with the dentist visiting weekly to treat a long queue of villagers...


March 2012

Once again Sophie de Winton provided a super Quiz Night, raising much-needed funds for ZAP with a thoroughly entertaining evening ...


March 2012

We are delighted to announce that Rosey Kingzett has been appointed as a Director of ZAP. A keen supporter for many years ...


March 2012

Joe and Mary Braitch are keen ZAP supporters who have undertaken the new solar project entirely on their own initiative, under the ZAP umbrella. Here is the story so far in their own words ...


February 2012

Following last year's successful Quiz Night and Marathon run, Norfolk-based ZAP supporter Sophie de Winton is hosting another event on February 29th to raise money for our work in Jambiani ...


February 2012

For the first time ever, Jambiani Clinic will have a regular dentist, thanks to two wonderful ZAP supporters who provided masses of new dental equipment which Janie delivered during her recent field trip ...


November 2011

Open for business and business is brisk! At long last the two ZAP-trained mechanics are employed in running the brand new Jambiani Fundi Autoworks, ZAP's most ambitious project so far...


August 2011

A group of young people have just climbed Kilimanjaro, and will be donating a portion of their sponsorship to ZAP. We were delighted to meet them in Jambiani and show them some of our projects in the village...


July 2011

Just back from Zanzibar, Janet reports on another excellent trip by students and teachers from Headington School, Oxford in which they visited ZAP projects including the Nursery Schools and the Academy...


July 2011

We are absolutely delighted to report that Andrew Morrison and his daughter, Annie del Mar have raised well over £2,000 between them for ZAP.


July 2011

A long field trip to Zanzibar has already begun


June 2011

At long last the building of the garage has been finished


May 2011

The 5th edition of our Newsletter is now available on the website. In this issue we have included a pie chart to show exactly how ZAP funds are spent, demonstrating the big difference that our small charity is making to an incredibly poor African village.


April 2011

Many congratulations to Sophie de Winton who ran her first ever London Marathon this year, raising over £5,000 for ZAP in the process...


March 2011

Joe and Mary Braitch have now joined the ZAP team, and they paid their first visit to Jambiani in February. Read all about it here...


February 2011

Each year, in the Company Accounts, we submit an Annual Review of Charitable Activities. Giving an overview of ZAP's projects, the recent Review can be found at...


January 2011

'Hi Mama Janie....I started my course on November 1st and I frankly appreciate your support since I have come all this way from Jambiani...


January 2011

Sophie de Winton, our runner in this year's London Marathon, is also organizing a Quiz Night in Brancaster Village Hall to help raise funds...


February 2011

Great news! We are well on our way to our target of Regular Giving donations - a big thank you to all who are supporting us this way...


January 2011

The ZAP website has proved an invaluable tool, and we have now moved the 'hosting' to Innershed...


January 2011

We are delighted to welcome two new supporters to ZAP who are about to visit Zanzibar, taking particular interest in the new Jambiani Autoworks, the Fundi Workshop, and the water pump....


January 2011

ZAP has five key projects. To sustain them we need 100 people to regularly give just £10 a month. Could you be one of them?


January 2011

Would you like to visit Zanzibar? Now is your chance with this very special offer involving ZAP in conjunction with Zanzibar Travel. Come and see what ZAP is doing, including a guided tour of all ZAP projects - and have a great holiday too!


For previous news in full, please go to Archived News


" Some people open doors for us, but close them again. ZAP opens doors and windows, and leaves them open "

Mr Pandu - November 2009


ZANZIBAR ACTION PROJECT is a Registered Charity in the UK No. 1108030