First shipment to our project in Uganda

Hello everybody

We are excited because last Thursday 27th of November we sent the first container to our project in Uganda, the “Artisans Support and Training Centre” (ASTC). We expect that in the middle of January the container will be arriving to Uganda, just when our partners John and Francesca are going to give support and advice to the WORI people in the building of the workshop. Before, on 21st of December, our partner Simon will be coming back to Uganda after the three months training in the Belfast workshop. For that purpose, we sent in this container 55 sewing machines, about 6000 tools, all the indispensable materials for training (like cloth, thread and books) and 7 bicycles which will be used by the mechanics who Simon will train when he will be back in Uganda. That mechanics won’t probably live near the workshop, so TFS want to provide them the transport to it according with the ethics of the organization about the respect of the environment.

10712677_742024535847490_6847254102428500444_oWe don’t want to forget that this container was dedicated to the memory of Natania Hagen, who was a TFS Downpatrick volunteer until a few months ago. It was a very special moment to have their family and friends with us in the shipment and we want to say thanks again to them. We did a little tribute to her in the container painting.Natania's family

Finally, we want to talk you about the day of the shipment because we had the company of representatives of the Ugandan and Chinese community in Northern Ireland, the Falls Women Centre and the NI parliament representative Anna Lo as well. We wanted to use the shipment for say no to racism and promote the elimination of walls between cultures, ethnicities, religions and every human group. We spent a very good time together and we expect to do it again in the future. 10613005_893394997338328_2486099630514134846_n

The next moths will be interesting and very important for TFS with the beginning of the work in the ASTC and we will inform you about everything.


Last Shipment to MSTC

Hello to everyone!

As you probably know, we had a shipment last week. Tools For Solidarity sent his 9th container to the MSTC (Mwanza Sewing and Training Centre). It was quite a bit of hard work for all of our volunteers because of the moving to the new workshop, so we are delighted to archive both at the same time.


This shipment contained 270 sewing machines, included 10 knitting machines that are going to be used by people with disability, 7 industrial machines and much more working material which included tools, books and spares for the MSTC. We are also already thinking about the next shipment next month, which will be our first container to our new project in Uganda with The Women Rights Iniciative (WORI). So, you will have news very soon!

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Also, there has been a lot of changes in the last few months in TFS: we had leavings and arrivals, so in the next days you will have the opportunity to say goodbye and hello to our former and new volunteers. 

Relief Shipment to MSTC

As you will probably be aware the Mwanza Sewing and Training Centre was destroyed by fire in July of 2013. The fire destroyed almost all of the inventory of sewing machines as well as all of the office equipment. Thankfully the enthusiasm and commitment of all the staff of the MSTC was undaunted and the building that housed the MSTC has been rebuilt – all that was needed was replacement inventory.

With that in mind we here at TFS worked liked dervishes to put together a shipment that was dispatched in October. The shipment contained 370 sewing machines, 10 knitting machines, 6 industrial machines, 35 treadle tops and a full consignment of office equipment. The shipment arrived at the end of December.

The job is not yet finished but thanks to everyones commitment and hard work, potential castastrophe has been averted. As ever, the work continues.

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Container sent in October 2013

 Click here to see the pictures filling the container