All the rest of them - well at least some of them
Tools with a Mission supports projects across the world, reaching virtually every continent. Below are just a few examples to give you an idea of the extent of our work.
Bangladesh suffers from few natural resources, political instability, poor infrastructure and frequent power cuts. Almost half of Bangladeshis are employed in agriculture with rice as the single-most-important product. Flooding and weather issues caused by global warming cause increasing problems.
In 2014 TWAM supported a rural development project with computers and IT equipment. Similar work was repeated in November 2017.
In 2014 TWAM supported a project by The British College of Technology and Commerce to provide tools and equipment to disadvantaged communities. Electricians and Plumbers kits were supplied. An entire Carpenters workshop along with student kits were also sent along with a Mechanics workshop and individual mechanics kits. Power tools and computers completed the order.
Kenya has been a key country for TWAM for many years. Thousands of tool kits have been sent to local community based projects. TWAM sent its last container to Kenya in 2017 and due to the challenges of shipping and charges has suspended all future work.
Kosovo has dropped out of the news but remains a country with huge needs. TWAM has supported charities working in Kosovo with tools and equipment for some years. In 2013 a shipment of builders, groundworkers, carpenters and agricultural kits was sent out along with a selection of power tools.
TWAM has had a long association with Malawi and has shipped a considerable amount of tools and equipment. Many shipments have been sent out independently by partner charities. A partnership is currently being developed with Zambesi Mission and Zambesi Evangelical Church which we hope will lead to Malawi receiving entire containers in the next few years. Currently our direct support is mainly computers and IT equipment.
In 2014 TWAM supported a Scripture Union project developing community workshops for dressmaking and motor mechanics.
TWAM has had a long association with Mozambique and supports many charities and organisations working there. Tools are sent direct and through other charities independently shipping tools and equipment. Over the years TWAM has supported community carpentry workshops and training centres, builders training programmes, agricultural projects and disability projects. TWAM has also supplied computers and IT equipment to community organisations and charities
The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. Following his overthrow in 1989 Romania opened up to the West and the level of poverty became increasingly evident. The state of the country's orphanages proved a shocking scandal to everyone in the West. Many charities, missions and churches took aid into Romania and many stayed to help rebuild the country. TWAM supported this effort by responding to requests for tools and equipment.
For many years TWAM was privileged to support organisations such as Romania Child, Aid to Romania and Lifeline Romania.
Rwanda is Africa’s most densely populated country with 90% of the population engaged in subsistence farming. Despite Rwanda's fertile ecosystem, food production often does not keep pace with demand. The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverished the population, particularly women, and temporarily stalled the country's ability to attract private and external investment. A significant percentage of the population still live below the official poverty line.
TWAM has supported Rwanda for many years and entire container of tools was sent out in 2013. It went to support 15 Missions and Organisations across Rwanda. It was packed with 113 sewing machines, 43 typewriters, 59 carpentry kits 11 Knitting Machines with wool, 86 builders kit, 2 groundworkers kits, 4 garage kits, 63 mechanics kits, 19 plumbers kits, 11 electricians kits, 19 plumbers kits, 2 painting and decorating kits, 6 wheelchairs plus lots of power tools, books and assorted equipment.
Sierra Leone is extremely poor and nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence farming. The country possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, but it is still recovering from a civil war that destroyed most institutions before ending in the early 2000s. Since 2014, the rapid spread of Ebola virus has caused a contraction of economic activity in several areas, including transportation, health, and industrial production. Whilst the World Health Organisation declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus in November 2015, the epidemic has disrupted economic activity, deterred private investment, and strained the budget and restricted public investment projects.
TWAMs latest container was sent in 2015 and contained 119 Sewing Machines, 20 Carpentry Kits, 18 Computers and printers, 12 Builder's Kit, 6 Groundworkers Kit, 8 Mechanics kit, Workshop tools, 12 Bicycles and repair kit, school books, 100 school chairs, 20 tables plus various other tools and equipment.
The Gambia has few natural resources, limited agriculture, despite 75% of population relying on it. One of its main industries tourism, is in decline and contributing to very high levels of unemployment. The IMF provided $10.8 million in emergency financial assistance to The Gambia in April 2015 to shore up the country’s finances. Its natural beauty belies its long term challenges.
In 2013 TWAM send pallets of tools to support one project. TWAM sent 10 sewing machines, 2 electric saw tables, over 40 assorted hand and power tools, haberdashery and materials, plus boxes of stationary.
In the UK TWAM supports many projects such as the Suffolk Refugee Centre who receive sewing machines, ex-offender programmes requiring gardening tools, special needs and community projects requiring allotment and gardening tools. We work with community projects, prison charities, youth projects and any number of organisations that support our aim of livelihood creation.
We also support individuals volunteering as a way back into work and provide a safe place to volunteer for people with special needs.
All country statistics and information is reproduced with the help of the CIA Worldfact book.