ILKLEY TOOLS FOR AFRICA is a local volunteer group that collects and refurbishes tools of all kinds that people no longer need. These tools are then assembled in kits and sent to assist some of the poorest in a number of African countries through:
The tools are distributed to groups of artisans where they can be put to good use in sustaining a self-reliant economy. The group was started in the parish fourteen years ago with membership open to all (that is, within and outside the parish) and now has a workshop on Railway Road (Wednesday evenings fortnightly) and storage space in Ben Rhydding. To date, the group has sent over thirty thousand tools and three hundred sewing machines to assist development in a number of African countries.
In late 2015, ILKLEY TOOLS FOR AFRICA was approached to supply tools and sewing machines direct to the Nuffield School for the Deaf and Blind, Kaithadi, Jaffna, Sri Lanka to help the staff establish a vocational training course in carpentry. This was quite a challenge since Workaid would not be involved and the group, for the first time, had to not only acquire and recondition the tools but also undertake to get them to Sri Lanka. The first load consisting of almost 500 tools and 8 sewing machines arrived at the school on February 17th, 2017. We are also supporting a carpentry project for young people in Kampala, Uganda in a similar way but on a smaller scale.
ILKLEY TOOLS FOR AFRICA is always keen to enrol new members. Some experience of working with tools helps but isn’t a requirement. What is needed is some spare time, energy and an eagerness to assist this very practical charity. In addition to new members, the group is always looking for tools to refurbish. Contact Frank McCrickard on 608655 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping in any way or for more information.