About Us

Tools For Solidarity is a non for profit organisation in Belfast. Our work is fully run by international, local and supported volunteers. And the main focus of our charity is to support artisans in the poorest parts of the world and mostly in the countries of Africa.
We collect, refurbish and ship out old and unwanted hand tools and sewing machines to skilled tradespeople in Africa. This act of solidarity enables them to become more self-reliant and have some hope for the future.
We believe solidarity is not a one-way process. It is sharing the problems which face us all and realising that we all must be part of the solution. There is enough for everyone’s needs but not everyone’s greed. We believe that we should all live simply so that others can simply live!
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What People Say About Us

I bought 2 machines from SIDO-MSTC which made dramatic changes for my business. Later on, I even managed to employ two people to help me with my work.
– Tailor in Runzewe-Bukombe

Tailor

I definitely recommend volunteering with Tools. The project helps you to open your eyes on life of people abroad. As well as can change your life. As it happened to me.
– Lorette, Volunteer

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The MSTC-SIDO project made many changes in the lives of most tailors in Sengerema. Aside from that the project also enables our locals to gain entrepreneurship skills.
– Coordinator, Sengerema

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ESD Programme: Main Goals Of The 2021/2022 School Year

The ESD group has an exciting year ahead of them! There are more people allowed to meet in person, schools are opening their doors to visitors, and we hope community groups will do so as well. Therefore, the first aim […]

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Our Internation Volunteers In NI Schools!

“I am so happy to be involved in the educational side of volunteering with Tools For Solidarity.” – Rafaela, an International volunteer. Now that the streets of Belfast are back to their vivid life again and students are returning to […]

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Our Sewing Machine Group And What Do They Do?

We usually share our international work and projects, but we also want to make sure that you’re aware of the people who build these possibilities for us. Our sewing machine and tools sections volunteers! In this post, we’ll cover our […]

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