Rotary appeal to help craftsmen in Africa

Ellon Rotary Club has issued an appeal for hand tools to be dispatched to various parts of Africa.

The Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR) is a national charity responding to requests from craftsmen in less developed countries for urgently needed hand tools.

They are collected by a network of voluntary groups and supporters.

In the past and currently these tools are sent to Ghana, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

Within these countries partner organisations that better understand local conditions ensure the tools get to those who really need them.

The Rotary Club collect all types of hand tools and implements and then take them along to the Camphill Schools Workshop in Bieldside, near Aberdeen.

They are then refurbished before being sent out across the African continent to be put to good use.

The tools range from garden spades and hoes to all types of working equipment including spanners, treadle sewing machines and wood chisels.

There have been various donations to the Rotary Club in the past.

The club also makes a donation towards the costs of transportation to Africa.

If you have tools which would be suitable for use, you can either deliver them to Allan Dent at Douglashead, Tarves, or call 01651 851257.

Tools for Self Reliance was founded in 1980 and is based in Netley Marsh, Hampshire.

The organisation’s mission is “to reduce poverty in Africa by helping people build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of tools and training”.