55A Sunnyside St, Belfast, BT7 3EX
+44 (0) 28 9543 5972
tools.belfast@myphone.coop

Tools Transforming Lives

We collect tools and sewing machines for artisans in Africa

TOOLS FOR SOLIDARITY

We believe that we should all live simply so that others can simply live!

Tools For Solidarity is a not-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. This act of solidarity enables them to become more self-reliant and have some hope for the future.

Our Numbers This Year

VOLUNTEERS WORKED WITH US

Tools For Solidarity works with local and international volunteers, therefore if you want to take part in the project – contact us!

ARTISANS WE HELPED

Our projects in Africa help local artisans to start a new phase in their lives by providing high-quality sewing machines and tools

DONATIONS WE SHIPPED

On an annual basis, we ship this incredible number of Northern Ireland donations to regions of Tanzania and the Lake District

OUR STRATEGIC PLAN

It is essential for our organisation to plan the future and set goals both for the overseas partners and local volunteers. We are open about our strategy, that is why you can learn more in the document down below. And we believe, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up somewhere else.”
– Yogi Berra. 

STRATEGIC PLAN

Our Local Impact

Tools For Solidarity is proud to have an international impact on sustainability in the world. We also wanted to bring this idea to Northern Ireland and managed to create a few programmes that we run on an annual basis in Belfast.

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

The Education for Sustainable Development programme has been designed to create awareness about Poverty, Global injustice and Environmental issues. We deliver this programme to schools in Belfast and Northern Ireland.

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SUPPORTED VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

Tools For Solidarity believes that our modern society does not provide any valuable work to this group, whilst our charity gives people with special needs an opportunity to contribute to society positively.

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REFUGEE AND ASYLUM SEEKER PROGRAMME

A few times a year, we run several workshops for local refugees and asylum seekers. During the training, participants learn how to use various hand tools and sewing machines and gain new skills in refurbishing and sewing.

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LOCAL VOLUNTEERING

Local volunteering programme provides opportunities for people in Northern Ireland to participate in worthwhile and valuable work. We are open to participants from all walks of life, hence do not hesitate to contact us!

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Our International Projects

MWANZA SEWING & TRAINING CENTRE

Mwanza Sewing and Training Centre opened in 2006 to help with the development of the tailoring sector among the poorest sections of both rural and urban areas of the Lake Region of Tanzania.

NJOMBE PROJECT

The project supports and develops programmes in rural and urban areas of the Southern Highland Zone. The primary focus is to support artisans within both Njombe and Songea regions. 

RASTC PROJECT

The main focus is to help artisan groups improve their income by providing necessary resources and skills for that. Therefore, the project is targeted at people that face extra barriers to generate income.

What People Say About Us

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our supporters say:

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 

Runzewe-Bukombe

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

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.

Project Manager

MSTC

Latest News

Our main news of the charity are posted on Social Media, so make sure to follow us there.
However, all our articles and interviews you can find exactly down below!

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ESD Programme: Main Goals Of The New 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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our organisation receives similar questions, and we would like to answer some of them.
In case you have some other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

WHAT TIME DO YOU OPEN?

Our organisation is open from Monday to Friday. Opening time is 9 am, and we close the workshop at 4:30 pm. 

WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?

Tools For Solidarity collects all types of tools and sewing machines, as well as materials for artisans in Africa.

CAN YOU COLLECT MY DONATIONS?

We are able to collect your donations directly from your home! It all depends on your location, however, it is possible in most cases. 

CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH YOU?

Our volunteering programme is diverse and open to people both locally and internationally. If you have some free time, contact us, and we can discuss all possibilities!

Contact us

If you have any questions, leave us a message!


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