Carpentry and Tailoring Kits On Their Way to Zomba

Carpentry and tailoring kits (see the pictures below) have been shipped in a container on the 12th of September 2012 to the Zomba Deaf Group (ZDG), Zomba city district, Southern Malawi. The shipment is due to arrive in November. The ZDG is linked to the Malawi National Association of the Deaf and advocates for the rights, interest and welfare of deaf people, empowering and improving their lives through self-employment and economic development, promotion of sign language, participation and inclusion in society and attainment of their full rights and respect. The ZDG asked for help with the provision of necessary materials to start a new project, through ZAP — the Zomba Action Project (, a charity founded in 2003 and initiated by the Coleraine Borough Council. Tools for Solidarity (TFS) have supported the ZAP on a number of previous occasions through the provision of kits to local artisans.

The ZDG have never received tools in the past, there are no local donations currently available and unfortunately, they do not have enough sewing machines that are working, nor the necessary resources to service them — although they should aim at receiving some training in the future, for project sustainability reasons. The products made with the supplied kits are to be sold locally since there is a high demand but a low supply of items in the region and the profits will support individual workers of the ZDG. The kits were supplied by Tools for Solidarity — Belfast (2 zigzag sewing machines, 2 treadle bases, screwdrivers, scissors, oil and needles, plus a carpentry kit: saws, planes, chisels, hammers, clamps, squares, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.) and Tools for Self Reliance — Garvald Centre Edinburgh (John and Brian’s team supplied 3 beautiful refurbished straight stitch sewing machines with electric motor and light). ZAP have said: “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give however, makes a life”.