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.