Global Non-Profits Get Special GM Trucks

NGO Aid-Colorado II
GM has created a new discount program to help global non-profit organizations in poorer countries carry out various types of humanitarian projects, and it's doing it with the new Chevy Colorado pickup (soon to be sold in the U.S.) and TrailBlazer SUV (not for the U.S.). 

The Aid and Development Program will offer customized GM vehicles — basically with a heavy-duty towing, hauling and cooling option package — through the International Fleet Sales department and will provide all the after-sales support. 

“General Motors has a growing lineup of vehicles engineered to meet the unique needs of the world’s emerging markets,” said Mark Barnes, GM International Operations vice president of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales. “By working with International Fleet Sales, we look forward to helping NGOs fulfill their important mission with reliable, high-quality transportation.”

The first customized products could be just the beginning in a new relationship between GM and many needy NGO groups. The two vehicles were selected because of their global production and support characteristics, as well their body-on-frame architecture that makes them well-suited for rough-road and load-carrying capabilities.

It remains to be seen whether or not this means the new Colorado or GMC Canyon will offer a more rugged bare-bones work-duty special option package when the new trucks debut, likely sometime in the next eight or 10 months. But it sure would be nice, especially if they can keep a well-equipped extended-cab model under $20,000 and a base four-door under $23,000. 

NGO Aid-Trailblazer II


@Robert Ryan & Big Al
I just don't think it matters where, geographically, ideas are sourced from, and those geographic barriers are coming down anyway. I don't see Japanese or Australians fretting that they take flights on planes engineered and built in Europe and the US.

@Jeff S,

You do not need to preach to me about Toyota's U.S. operations. I have been fully aware of what they do here in the U.S. for over 20 years!

I have toured two Toyota plants likewise including a GM one!

My 2010 Tacoma and 1996 Corolla were UAW built, both at NUMMI!

Made in U.S.A. is on their data plates!

All I know is that is an ugly truck! Yep! A 20 year old S10 is way better looking!

I like this piece very much. Thanks.



I hereby humbly tender in our request for an organization vehicle.
We are the Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD) a registered indigenous non profit organization operating in rural - remote areas of Kayunga District in Uganda-Eastern Africa, 50 miles away from the Capital city Kampala.

Our mission is to promote human values for the people of Kayunga so that they may realize their full potential towards development for a sustainable living.

We have been in existence since 2000.
We were initially registered as a community-based organization at Sub County Level in 2006 and were approved by the NGO board of Uganda to take our services through out the whole District of Kayunga in May 2011. Our registration number is S.5914/8930.

Frequently, we find our selves inevitably having to travel to Kampala oftenly. As there is limited access to most basic services in Kayunga, it is impossible to accomplish anything for BUVAD static in Kayunga alone, without traveling to Kampala unless it is the actual monitoring and implementation of our programs.

Although ten programs were earmarked for implementation as per our baseline survey conducted in June 2009 and strategic plan for 2009 -2013, BUVAD currently runs four projects that include;
1 - The Rural Safe water supply project focusing on Safe water supply, Hygiene and Sanitation.
2 - The Orphaned Vulnerable Children care and support project.
3 - The Sunflower growing for Cooking oil extraction focusing on income generation for poverty eradication alongside food security through mixed farming.
4 - The Climate Change Issues awareness enhancement and remedial initiatives

Since the inception of BUVAD in 2000, we have been always challenged by the lack of a flexible, efficient means of transport to ease the work of the organization related to project implementations, beneficiary home visitations and evaluation exercises. To date, we have been forced to work around this obstacle, since no opportunities for a vehicle donation have successfully materialized.

Unfortunately, Kayunga District, like the rest of the areas in the central region of Uganda, which are thought to be well off, has been overlooked.
Most, if not all NGOs and government efforts have been directed towards rehabilitating the former war-torn Northern Uganda, a situation that has generated a congestion of donations in the North. By default, this has drastically deteriorated donations to the central region, with the Kayunga District being a case in point.

For a more concrete, broadened approach and a more profound impact of BUVAD’s programs, there is urgent need for a reliable time bound and flexible means of transport, our own vehicle. Currently, BUVAD spends Ushs 3,600,000 (USD1440) on public transport costs annually, a sum roughly equivalent to maintenance and fuel costs of a vehicle.

BUVAD staff travels the 50 miles from Kampala to Kayunga semi – weekly to access communication along with other basic services. Also BUVAD staff has to regularly conduct project monitoring each of the project activities all of which would require a more flexible and quick means of transport.

Volunteers from overseas ( e.g USA, UK, Netherlands etc) coming to BUVAD, are picked up at Entebbe International Airport 20 miles away from Kampala making the travel costs back to the Volunteer centre in Kayunga 50 miles away from Kampala (70 miles total) extra ordinarily expensive, inconveniencing for the incoming volunteer, time consuming if its by public means and like wise for the return journey.
Volunteers are a key aspect in building our organization’s capacity whom we treasure so much and wouldn’t wish to loose as a matter of inconvenience.

Traveling to and from Kampala in public means involves sitting in a bus until it fills, most times up to an hour and more depending on the flow of passengers, followed by a 2 to 4 hour journey covering the 50 miles to Kayunga, accounting for the time spent by the bus making stops along the way, at the convenience of each boarding off passenger and those boarding in between. There are no direct route boarding passengers along our route hence passengers can start boarding off after the bus has traveled 30 miles then the stops will begin. After the bus stop at Bukolooto, one has to hire a motorcycle (boda boda) to carry you to the office or volunteer house though this is only possible in the dry season as the roads become impassable for motorcycles (boda bodas) in the rain season.
Obviously, all this is the biggest value to our having our own vehicle.
Among the other reasons a vehicle would be beneficial to us are increased accessibility to feeder roads in the Kayunga District, which are seasonal and impassable in the rainy season without a 4WD vehicle (Kayunga District is comprised of 80% remote areas in all its sub counties).
Also, the ability to transport project materials to Kayunga from Kampala.

Increased ability and flexibility to make trips into distant places like Kampala will increase our visibility with other organizations that we have made partners with. Like; Caritas Uganda - Lugazi Diocese, Uganda Voluntary Development Association, Kyosiga Community Christian Association for Development, Sacred Heart Sisters Gulu (Northern Uganda) and other upcoming ones. If the trips both to Kampala and Kayunga are more accessible, the amount of time now spent on waiting while accounting for other people’s delays could be spent elsewhere and BUVAD would become a more spontaneous empowered community programme.

BUVAD is beginning a period of growth as it has reached its limit using local support. We have a volunteer who is designing and updating the organization website for us which is helping us to get partners overseas. For example, BUVAD has secured co-funding from StartFund towards 4 water wells and Minga Foundation USA towards 3 water wells in Kayunga Sub County under the Rural Safe Water Supply project.
In 2009, we were able to secure US based NGO called CICAN that is acting as a fiscal sponsor for us enabling BUVAD to raise funding support in The United States of America. Online tax-deductible donations can now be made at

Also SOS Layettes in Belgium is now our fiscal sponsor for the European Union region donors.

We are looking for a victory that will help us move to the next level and having our own vehicle would be a tremendous one.

In a nutshell BUVAD needs a vehicle to assist in the implementation process and it’s upon this background that we are writing GENERAL MOTORS to apply for a vehicle.
BUVAD will ably cater for the sustainability of the donated vehicle a either 4WD Double Cabin pick up or a 4WD station wagon using our budget for administrative costs generated from Our organization income generating project of Out Door Party accessories and services for hire.

Meanwhile, you can download a copy of our recent baseline survey to learn more about the challenges in the communities at our organization website

We believe this would be a great opportunity to market the new GM pick up trucks as we move out and network to so many busy centres to exhibit the vehicle's excellent potential.

We wish you every opportunity of prosperity and success as we come to the end of the year 2013.

We can send you a copy of our registration certificate and our annual report for 2012 for you to learn more about our project activities in the year ended 2012.

We look forward to your kind consideration of our urgent need and shall be very grateful for your positive response.

Feel free to seek any more information for clarity at your convenience.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Ssemutumba
Executive Director
Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD)
P.O. Box 49 Bulenga - Kampala UGANDA (E.A)
Telephone: +256 772 425576

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