Refurbishing tools and sewing machines for our partners in Malawi
As part of our ‘Tools and Training for Livelihood in Malawi’ projects, we send refurbished carpentry tools and sewing machines to Malawi, where they are used by our partners MACOHA and KODO to provide vocational training in carpentry, tailoring and cane furniture making to adults with disabilities. After finishing training graduates are given tools or sewing machines to start up small scale businesses.
Volunteers at Beannarchar Camphill Community, Dundee and Angus College and Tools for Solidarity workshop in Downpatrick.
The number of workshops involved with this project is expanding, and we now have tools and sewing machines being donated and refurbished at 8 workshops across Scotland and Northern Ireland. They are refurbished by groups of adults with learning difficulties, mental health difficulties, retired individuals (including a group in a retirement home), and college students.
The quality of the tools and singer sewing machines that are donated make them worth shipping across the world, as they are durable and can be repaired. Without the input of the workshops in Scotland and Northern Ireland, we would be forced to buy tools and machines in Malawi, which are cheaply made, break easily, and cannot be repaired.
There are many skills involved in refurbishing the tools and machines, and the work can be adapted to suit any technical ability. The volunteers enjoy the social nature of the tools groups, and find it really rewarding to be helping individuals so directly in Malawi.
We would like to thank all the volunteers at Garvald Edinburgh, Milltown Community, Beannachar Camphill Community, The Ecology Centre, Dundee and Angus College, and the Tools for Solidarity workshops in Belfast, Downpatrick and Mourne Grange for making this project possible!