Belfast Tools and Sewing Machines are on a way to Njombe!

Belfast tools and sewing machines for people in Africa.

At TFS we all like games and some of us have been playing Tetris on our phone. If you are younger than 15 you probably don’t know what we are talking about which makes us feel really old. We never imagined that filling a container would be the same thing!

To summaries the situation, our organisation received 30 m3 container on Thursday afternoon. We divided our container in two parts, one half was for the Njombe project and the other one was for Ruvuma. We started with all the heavy machinery (compressor, pedestal, turning wood) and the tool boxes. To prevent a possible fall of all these stuff we stacked our big heavy boxes full of tools in the container as well.

This first part was finished on Saturday. On Sunday and Monday we filled the rest of the container with the sewing machines which will go to Ruvuma. The container left yesterday and should arrive in Tanzania in 7-8 weeks. In total the weight of the container is 11.41 tonnes! So we want to say a huge thanks to our volunteers who worked all the weekend to fill the container on time.

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Our hardworking volunteers after filling the container

If you have unwanted tools and/or sewing machines and you want to help people in need in Africa, contact us for more information!

New International Volunteer!

You never know how people can find you and your project. In any case, we are always happy to welcome those who wish to volunteer in Belfast with us.

Welcome to the team, Birgit!

Teacher for disabled children, Birgit decided to take a sabbatical at the start of the year. This year full of adventures she decided to spend in some parts of the Europe. However, instead of resting and being a tourist she realised that can do volunteering work at the same time!

Birgit joined us a week ago and shared a wee story how she found out about our organisation. Apparently, she met our former volunteer in England. He was a Tools for Solidarity’s volunteer in Belfast many years ago. She was so fascinated by aims of the project that decided to give us a call!

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Welcome to the team, Birgit!

Due to current situation with the virus and many restrictions that are placed by the government we didn’t know if it was a right time for a new volunteer to join us. Nevertheless we were busy preparing for the shipment and barely had any space! However, Birgit’s story inspired us so much that we decided to be her next destination on the journey.

We are so happy to welcome a new German volunteer in the workshop. Birgit has joined us for a couple of weeks. However, we hope she will enjoy her time with us and share her experience with others afterwards .

Want to join our team and become an international or local volunteer with Tools for Solidarity? Contact us and we will let you know if we have any free positions.

Books Donation in Belfast for projects in Africa

We are open for your books donation in Belfast! Do you have furniture building book/magazines you don’t need anymore? Or maybe you know someone else who’s ready to donate some of their furniture building library to people in Africa?

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Books donation in Belfast

As you all know, we’re preparing for the shipment to Njombe. We’re almost finished with sewing machines and tools kits are on a way to be ready. However, this time apart from sewing machines and tools, we decided to send furniture building books as well!

You might ask how furniture books will help people in Africa. When you live in place that has an Internet connection to build a piece of furniture becomes way easier. However, not everyone is granted with it. Most of the times people in Africa build the type of furniture you don’t have to have any manuals to. This time we decided to show people in Africa that they are capable of building more than just table or a chair with tools that we provide.

Thus if you have any unwanted furniture building books or magazines, please give us a call 028 9543 5972 or come to our workshop 55a Sunnyside Street, Belfast, BT7 3EX. We’re open from Monday to Friday 9:00 – 16:30.Thank you so much and have a nice day!