Our Organisation

In the struggle to develop, bare hands are not enough. Tools For Solidarity gives old tools a new lease of life giving skilled tradespeople in Africa the chance of a livelihood.

Why is it that we, in the so-called “western” or “minority” world with less than 20% of the world’s population consume over 80% of the world’s natural resources and produce a disproportionate share of the world’s waste and pollution?

Is poverty in the so-called “third” or “majority” world due to natural disasters or bad luck or is it the result of an economic system which exploits one part of the world for the benefit of another?

And why even in the richest parts of the “west” are there pockets of poverty?

Solidarity is not a one way process. It is sharing the problems which face us all and realizing that we all must be part of the solution. There is enough for everyone’s needs but not everyone’s greed. We believe that we should all live simply so that others can simply live!

Tools For Solidarity is a non profit making development organization from Northern Ireland run entirely by volunteers. We are actively working for a more equitable distribution of power and resources in the world.

Our organisation

Tools for Solidarity is a voluntary charitable organisation based in Belfast and Downpatrick which supports artisans and communities in some of the poorest countries in the world by providing high quality refurbished hand tools and machines.

Tools For Solidarity collects, refurbishes and ships out old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines to skilled tradespeople in Africa. This act of solidarity enables them to become more self reliant and have some hope for the future.

Our aims

Tools For Solidarity has three basic aims:

  1. To provide people, communities and projects in sub Sahara Africa with basic hand tools and machines so that they may practice their skills and improve the quality of their own and their community’s life. The tools enable the people who receive them to establish small co-operative and community businesses as well as provide training in vocational schools and opportunities for employment for disabled and women’s groups.
  2. To raise awareness throughout Northern Ireland (NI) about the issues of sustainable development within our own society as well as in the so called Third World or Majority world. These issues include the environment, waste and recycling, appropriate technology, self-reliance, sustainability and community development. We seek to improve and question what we do and work with others to challenge the wasteful, destructive and unequal growth pattern of our society and globe.
  3. To provide opportunities for people in NI to participate in worthwhile and valuable work. TFS is particularly committed to working with all sections of the community in NI and to focus on providing sheltered placements for people with special needs and those normally excluded from being able to contribute to society in a positive way.

On our website pages you can find out more about our organisation, projects and what we do in general apart from repairing tools and sewing machines. Enjoy and thank you for supporting us!