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Practical Aid for Practical People
Start date: Nov 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Tools for Solidarity has 3 main activities, they are: 1. To provide artisans in sub Sahara Africa with high quality refurbished tools, sewing machines, training and support. TFS is focusing at present on two projects. The Mwanza Sewing and Training Centre (MSTC) in Tanzania is a joint project with our partners SIDO – Small Industries Development Organisation. This centre was set up in 2007 to make available high quality sewing machines and training to artisans in the Lake Zone. It is the only such project of its kind in the world.TFS is also working on developing its model of promoting sustainable development through the provision of tools and training by establishing new projects. In 0212 we ran a pilot project with an organisation called the Women's Rights Initiative (WORI) based in Jinja in Uganda. This year we are planning 2 pilot projects in Tanzania with SIDO to provide high quality refurbished sewing machines, starter kits of tools for students finishing vocational training college and skills training. We hope this will lead eventually to the establishment of a tools and sewing machine refurbishment centre. This requires a huge amount of work to make this a reality - tools need to be sorted and checked for quality, boxed and cataloged and a shipment prepared. We aim to send a container later this year to these pilots.2. To promote volunteering for all and in particular to provide opportunities for local people and those with special needs to contribute to the work of TFS. This is done through training and support in tool cleaning and repair, passing on skills and assisting them while they are at TFS. 3. To assist with raising awareness of the issue of sustainable development by showing how over-consumption, wasting of resources and environmental degradation including the affects of increasing carbon emissions, correlate with poverty levels and social inequality. This work includes organising and taking part in public events, making presentations to a wide range of groups and working with schools, production of publicity materials including videos and newsletters and our own programme of development education - Education for Sustainable Development. TFS is recruiting 2 EVS volunteers, each for 12 month placement. The volunteers will be based in our main workshop in Belfast but will also work in our second workshop in Downpatrick supporting people with special needs. TFS is an environmental and development organisation run by volunteers. Our EVS volunteers will be encouraged and facilitated to be active in all aspects of the work of the organisation from tool refurbishment to administration, management and promotional work.
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