Joy and reunion during the 30th Anniversary of TFS

Many friends, former volunteers and supporters came along to the 30th anniversary celebrations of Tools For Solidarity, who are all part of our big and beloved Tools Family.

During our five day programme of activities we had thought provoking development events including interactive workshops, an extremely amusing pub quiz with well thought out questions, a treasure hunt and last but not least, a highly anticipated bash with a fantastic line-up of local bands and entertainers, including Tim McGarry and Terri Hooley.

The Open Day was the highlight of the celebrations. John gave a heart-stirring speach and afterwards a couple of friends of TFS also took the stand to share some unforgettable stories about their experiences in the organisation. We had a splendid lunch with homemade dishes and after we played some entertaining yet quite tricky games.

It is difficult to put into words how grateful we are to everyone who attended our special celebrations (many of whom travelled great distances to be with us) and for their kind and supportive words and deeds. We were over the moon to get you folks together to help celebrate 30 years of Tools for Solidarity and all that has been achieved during that time. We could not have made it through these thirty years without all the help and support that we have received. Hopefully we will meet up at the same place for the same reason in 5 years time.

TFS is going to Africa!

On the 12th of July, two TFS volunteers will be leaving for a field trip to Tanzania and Uganda. Francesca and Stephen have been preparing for this trip for months to make sure that our work here in Belfast best meets the needs of artisans in East Africa.

Francesca and Stephen
Francesca and Stephen

During the first week they will be visiting the MSTC project in Mwanza where they will meet with the local partners and staff to discuss the programme and future plans.

During the second week they will travel to Jinja, Uganda where TFS is looking to establish a tools centre in partnership with WORI. They will be meeting with the mechanic and the manager of the programme to discuss the implementation of a programme to support artisans in the Busoga sub-region of Uganda.

During these two weeks they will be visiting some tailors and artisans groups that TFS has supported in the past to assess the effectiveness of the programme and the training.

We wish them good luck on their travels! We will tell you all the details when they come back.

Thank you very much!

Hello folks!!

We just want to say very loudly THANK YOU VERY MUCH for coming to our DAY RAVE celebration in our still current workshop. Thanks for your support, for made it possible and for sharing with us such a great day!

Soon we will put the pictures of the event.

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Day Rave