Empowering people with the tools that
create livelihoods and transform lives
Who We Are
We are a Christian charity that collects unwanted usable tools, refurbishes them, sorts them into trade tool kits and sends them to the developing world for livelihood creation.
We send around 16 containers filled with a total of around 225 tonnes of tools every year. These tools range from sewing machines and knitting machines to carpentry tools and mechanics tools. Read more about the impact of tools on our blog.
We are dedicated to providing livelihood-creating tools to skills centres in Africa. These tools give the recipients the means to generate their own income, create their own businesses, and build a mindset of independence, not reliance.
The impact goes much further than this, however. Our work supports African livelihoods, UK communities, and the fight against climate change.
The impact in Africa
The tools that we send go to community groups who train the members of their community to use them.
Many trainees are given tool kits upon graduation, allowing them to become self-sufficient from the moment they finish the course.
Many of the trainees are very vulnerable. They may be in an abusive relationship or forced to stay at home whilst their husband works all day. These groups give them a space where they can laugh and chat with friends and learn valuable skills in the process.
The impact in the UK
We offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities to people in the UK. Many of them are lonely or vulnerable, and volunteering with TWAM gives them a sense of purpose as well as a community where they can feel cared for and needed.
We have a team of over 400 volunteers who drive our vans, collect tools from the public, refurbish them in our refurbishment centre, and help us out in the office, amongst other roles.
In short, we couldn't do anything without them!
The impact on Earth
We play our part in combatting climate change by promoting reuse.
We send around 225 tonnes of tools to Africa every year and recycle a further 180 tonnes of tools that are broken or unsuitable to send. Most of these tools are unwanted and are just sitting in someone's shed or garage waiting to go to the tip.
Our work keeps all of these tools out of landfills and puts them in the hands of people who need them. Preserving their original use is even more environmentally friendly than recycling them.
We have loads of stories about lives that have been transformed by tools on our blog. We also post about what's going on in the UK, so make sure to have a read if you want to know more about our work!
News and Stories
We take a wide variety of tools. Click the button above for the full list of accepted tools, and to find your nearest local collector or drop-off point.
Our work is mostly done by volunteers, whether that's driving around collecting tools, refurbishing them, or helping out in the office. Have a look at our roles.
Support our work by covering the costs involved with putting together a tool kit, as a donation, or an alternative gift on behalf of a loved one.