Helping Tools for Self Reliance tackle poverty in Africa


Each year, Recognition makes a donation to a specific charity and we are pleased to announce that our chosen charity for 2017 was Tools for Self Reliance.

They are a UK based charity that works to help relieve poverty in Africa by providing a programme of tools and training, to bring about positive and sustainable changes to tradespeople and their communities.

The donation we gave, will specifically help with:

  • Shipping one cubic metre of tools – this buys a space that can be filled with toolkits for welders, builders, carpenters and plumbers.
  • Equipping a training centre – this provides a training programme delivered by a local organisation to pass on skills to trainees and covers the cost of a training kit for a metalwork course, ensuring all trainees have the right equipment to learn their trade.

Recognition felt that training was of high priority, as on average 85% of people who join a training course with Tools for Self Reliance are running a business and have increased their income six months after completion. This, therefore, means that trainees can buy more food of a better quality, improve their living conditions, educate their children and access medical care.

Sarah Ingleby, Chief Executive commented: “It’s great to receive this support from the team at Recognition, with whom we’ve had a long working relationship. Having visited some of the areas in Africa that we work in, I’ve seen first-hand how much the villages benefit from the equipment and training we provide. This is a sustainable approach which provides long-term benefits, equipping communities with the skills and knowledge to improve their quality of life.”

We are now hoping to extend this partnership by offering our design skills to partners of Tools for Self Reliance in Africa who would benefit from receiving some clearly designed materials and help and advice in this area, so watch this space.

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