The Aall Foundation
The Aall Foundation began major support of TWAM in 2019 and has continued its very generous support ever since through annual grants. Their support continued to make a huge difference in the UK and across Africa. Their support during 2020 was due to fund team conferences in Uganda and Zambia and while these have had to be delayed due to Covid 19, we hope they will go ahead in 2022. These vital conferences bring our teams and country partner together to share our vision for TWAM, get important local input into that vision, and provide training to support new developments and tasks.
The key development over the next two years will be the design of a phone and web app that will allow applicants in Africa to easily open an account, apply for tools and track their applications. There will be a second extended app used by our in-country team to process their applications. All members of the in-country teams will be provided with an Android tablet to use with the app. This is a major step forward for TWAM and one we could not do without it being fully funded by the 2020 support of the Aall Foundation.
Aall Foundation approve 2021 grant
We are delighted that the Aall Foundation has confirmed the 2021 grant of $91,400 to fund the complete replacement of TWAMs three oldest vans. This is an incredibly generous grant and TWAM could not be more grateful. These vans will help TWAM continue its growth and the next phase of its strategic plan. We have already received the first van which will be based in Kent.
First Aall Foundation-funded van arrives
Our first new van funded by the Aall Foundation has arrived. This one has replaced our Kent van and will be a huge help with collecting tools in the South of England and bringing them to our refurbishment centre in Ipswich. The other vans are on their way, we hope they'll be here soon. We are so grateful to the Aall Foundation for making this happen.
The Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity
We are grateful for a very generous grant of £20,000 towards reducing the contribution paid towards our tools by their recipients in Africa. We ask all the projects who receive our tools to contribute towards the cost of preparing them. Whilst this amount is nominal and encourages responsible ownership from those who receive them, we recognise it can still be a huge sum to groups living in the poorest rural subsistence economies.
Thanks to the Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity we have been able to significantly reduce the contribution from the poorest countries we serve. Their generosity will directly enable many of the ultra-poor communities within Uganda, Zimbabwe and DR Congo to receive tools and transform their lives.
On behalf of those groups, we say our heartfelt thank you to the charity.