This was our year 2018
A review of how many tools we sent and where we sent them.
We believe in being open, transparent and honest with our supporters, so at the end of the year we let them know what we have been up to. I hope when you see the figures below, you will agree, we have been rather busy! With just four paid staff, one of which is part time, we rely on a team of over 400 volunteers across the country. The figures below are a testament to their dedication, enthusiasm and sheer hard work, They in turn are supported by teams of volunteers in working in all the countries we support. They help groups apply, advise on setting up sustainable and realistic projects and receive our containers and distribute our tools.
Together with the committed giving and prayers of our supporters in the UK, we are Tools with a Mission and this was our year.
Tool Kits sent and where we sent them
Last year we sent fifteen 20 foot containers and one 40ft container, containing around 24 tonnes of donated tools. All the tools were inspected, refurbished and sorted into trade kits. The vast majority were collected by our team of over 200 volunteer collectors and delivered to our Refurbishment Centres by our volunteer van drivers.
One 40 ft container to DR Congo
One 20 ft container to Tanzania
Five 20 ft containers to Uganda
Nine 20 ft containers to Zambia
In 2019 we hope to add Zimbabwe and Namibia to our list of countries supported.
The main kits we sent in a nice chart
How many groups and communities received our tools
We sent tools to the following number of applicants:
14 DR Congo
The number of applicants varies per container based on the volume of tools groups apply for. So, while the DR Congo container was the largest we have ever sent, the number of applicants was quite low, as each of them ordered a large quantity of tools.
We hope you are as excited by this as we are, as each tool kit represents lives transformed as livelihoods are created. If,you would like to join us as a volunteer and support this amazing work we would love to hear from you. We'd also love to hear from you if you have tools to donate or would like to financially support us.
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