On the 9th of May Tools For Solidarity — Belfast workshop was visited by the Global Solidarity Champions (GSC). The GSC are a part of the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA). The visit was an update on the Mwanza Sewing and Training Centre (MSTC) which NIPSA provides financial support to.
In a special award ceremony for honoring local people who have created outstanding contribution to international development in Stormont, North Irelands Parliament, TFS’s core volunteer Stephen Wood attained an award.
The event, which was held on the 29th of March, witnessed Mr. Wood’s reception of the “Best Contribution to Local Economic Development” award.
In a statement issued by the All Party Group for International Development, they described Stephen, and TFS as follows:
“Stephen has worked in Uganda and Tanzania and been instrumental in the establishment of four partnerships which have helped support thousands of working people improve their livelihoods. He helped establish the partnership which saw Tools for Solidarity support over 50 artisan groups, get tools and sewing machines to people on the margins of society. This has provided much needed employment and income generation as well as enabling local services to be provided to local people. It is also a lasting legacy that the tools that helped shape Belfast are also now being used to help shape the lives of people in rural Uganda and Tanzania. Stephen has not just seen development as a process in sending material assistance but as a chance to make positive changes within so many lives.“
During our last shipment in September some people from Northern Visions came around the workshop to shoot some material — and now they they sent us this fantastic new video! We’ve included it in our multimedia section. Click here to watch TFS in action…
Many thanks to the team of Northern Visions/NvTv for their great work! (…and yes, we know: all these international names — it’s not so easy… 😉 )