Shipment 2011

The Shipment!

Our last shipment reached Tanzania last February, therefore it’s time to get into action again! In the workshop we have been working for months to get ready for the big day, which is going to be September, 19th! By then:

  • 400 sewing machines;

  • 15 treadles;

  • an huge number of sewing machines spare parts;

  • 10 mechanic kits;

  • 6 knitting machines;

  • 8 industrial machines;

  • bikes.

will be refurbished, sorted out, repaired and boxed up to make their way to Mwanza and Kigoma. Last year’s container will give you an idea of the work involved in this process.

(Wo)Men at Work!

Getting ready for the shipment is no joke, the volunteers are under constant pressure!

…and the work goes on! Come back next week for updates on the shipment and pictures of the big day!

Art Exhibition 2011

An exhibition of video, performance, sound and sculpture of local artists inspired by the work of Tools For Solidarity.

Magic spread through the Edenderry Mill on the night of February 3rd, when people from Belfast gathered to attend “In Tools”, the very first art event held by Tools for Solidarity.

Local artists and volunteers joined forces to create art representing and inspired by the purpose of the organization: collect and refurbish tools and sewing machines that are then sent to partner organisations in Tanzania to give impulse to the country’s development.

The workshop was exceptionally transformed in an animated art gallery, where visitors could admire sculptures, painting, photography and projections while getting an in depth knowledge of Tools for Solidarity thanks to the enthusiastic volunteers-turned-tour-guides. Music by TCBOO showed guests that tools do have many different lives.

Works from Ben Allen, Paddy Bloomer, Katie Blue, Charlotte Bosanquet, Martin Boyle, Martin Carter, Fiona Goggin, Kirsti Kotilainen, Miguel Martin, Helen McDonnell, Tonya McMullan, Jennie Nash, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Ruscica and Ross Wilson.

View the exhibition’s gallery here

Tools for Solidarity would like to thank Sign Co., Belfast City Council, Catalyst Arts, PLACE, Wickerman, Mourne Grange Camphill Community and all our volunteers for their efforts in making this event happen.

Fundraising Gig 2011

Paranoid‘s frontman Erig wrote:

Derry, Belfast… very good souvenirs… Everything was OK. Very well hosted from beginning to end.

Everything was well organized before we arrived, starting with our first night at pub (good atmosphere), then hosting, food, checking stuff, some free time without lost time.

THANKS a lot!!!

Especially to all the volunteers, to Stephen… and above all to Ell’o, who made everything possible and great: she managed to mix historic background and rock ‘n roll music, without forgetting Solidarity!

It was a terrific experience. Maybe our (my?) only chance to go to Northern Ireland, discover Giant’s Causeway, make gigs over there… meet and have a chat with local and true people…

Happy to have given good time with our music and our band

Nice bands…

kisses everybody…

A short message from Pierre, Paranoid‘s guitar player:

nice meetings, great fun, interesting cultural visits and rock n roll!

Thank you, guys!

Thanks: TFS would like to thank Le Bastille, local French Restaurant for providing a meal for the bands and French Bureau Export, Le Forum for financial support, all of the bands and the Warzone Collective, the Pavilion and the Sandinos.

Ana and the Snow

Today Belfast woke up under a thin, white layer (visible mostly on the Cavehill, to be honest…) and for Ana, our volunteer from Palma de Mallorca, was the first time to ever see the snow! Her parents were here to visit and they had the luck to share the same joy.

We thought it would be incredibly sweet to let you know…

2010 Shipment to Tanzania

Tools for Solidarity is helping women and people with disabilities living in rural areas!

On December the 10th, Tools for Solidarity (TFS) sent a container full of sewing machines and tools to Tanzania, Mwanza, to help women and disabled people living in rural areas. Local and European volunteers helped filling the container. It was the result of 6 months work and over 25 years of experience in this field.

This shipment included about 350 sewing-machines and 814.5 kg of material and reached Dar es Salaam on February, the 12th.

Sewing machines and tools were donated from all over Northern Ireland, therefore it is important for us to give a feedback and to say a huge “thank you” to all the people who have helped us.

TFS also works with the assistance of supported volunteers from Belfast, Downpatrick and Mourne Grange, a Camphill community in Kilkeel. These volunteers have a wide range of disadvantage from mental illness to physical disabilities. They help us all year long to refurbish the tools and to fix the sewing machines and gave a great hand to fill the container.

We are working all together regardless of our nationality, religion, disability, political opinion, age and so on… in order to create a new Belfast lifestyle.