Tools To Work is an institute for self-reliance.
Our four objectives are:
1) Contribution to the self generated development of socially and economical vulnerable people in the developing countries.
2) Contribution to the development of socially and economical vulnerable people which for all kind of reasons had no entry to the labor process.
3) Contribution to the reduction of waste and stimulating the recycling of goods.
4) Contribution to the awareness of social and economical discrimination in developing countries and in our own society.
The past 25 years our workshop contributed refurbished quality goods to many projects in developing countries mainly in Africa. Vocational Training Centers and small income generating projects were strengthened with tools, machinery, bikes sewing–, knitting machines and computers.
From 2005 onwards we transmitted our knowledge of the refurbishment of sewing- and knitting machines to 60 maintenance men and women and 9 trainers of maintenance men and women in Kenya in the SKIT project. This contributed to new income generating jobs. Three Training Centers for maintenance, repair and spare part sales, in Kenya will be developed and supported. In Uganda 14 trainers were certified after in 9 (3 courses of 3weeks) intensive training on the job from 2009 up to 2011. In 2011 maintenance men and women were trained in Sierra Leone in Sewing machine repair and bicycle repair. In Kenya students from several VTC's received training in woodwork, catering and training in machine design.
Volunteers and reintegrationactivities
During the week more than 80 people contribute to the work and refurbishment of our workshop. Among them are 43 volunteers and about 25 participants. The participants, who benefit social security, follow a training program with the focus on participation in our society in labor or voluntary work. .
Our workshop is dependent on donations for the refurbishment and transport. Donations of tools and equipment are done by individuals and institutes.
Focus on three countries
We focus our aid on three countries only ; Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone. Projects in other countries are only accepted if they are able to inform us adequately.